Several projects are currently being worked on through the Oahu Forestry and Wildlife Ecosystem Program.
The Kure Atoll Ecological Field Station Project is to design and implement a comprehensive wildlife habitat restoration and natural resources education program that supports management actions needed to protect and maintain native wildlife resources and ecosystem function at Kure Atoll State Seabird Sanctuary.
The goal of this project is to enhance the survivorship and productivity of seabirds nesting in the offshore colonies. For these seabirds, reducing or eliminating alien predators and improving nesting habitat by removing non-native plants, and replacing them with native ones is expected to increase survivorship of all age classes and increase reproduction. Species expected to benefit from this project include the Brown booby, Masked booby, Red-footed booby, Red-tailed tropicbird, Great frigate bird, Brown noddy, Bulwer’s petrel, Wedge-tailed shearwater, Sooty tern, Gray-backed tern, Pacific golden plover, and Ruddy turnstone.
This project focuses on managing State Wildlife Sanctuaries in wetlands on Oahu: Pouhala, Hamakua, Kawainui Marsh and Paiko Lagoon. The main focus is to implement wetland management techniques utilized by DOFAW to restore, enhance, protect and maintain these wetland ecosystems. These projects focus on species and habitat monitoring to assess conditions and direct management practices aimed to mitigate problems based on observations.
The objective for the Oahu Wetland Management Program is to provide assistance in the management of wetlands in the Oahu Wildlife Sanctuary system
Kawainui Marsh Restoration Project
This project focuses on Kawainui Marsh and the restoration of the native bird habitat through the removal of invasive plants and the revegetation of native plants. Also in the project objectives if the naturalization of the stream and wetland and the reduction of silt and erosion in the area. Efficient maintenance operations and contiuous monitoring for optimal waterbird habitats are crucial.