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Kauai CS- Rachel Martin

  1. 1. Rachel Martin Conservation Specialist
  2. 2. <ul><li>Help farmers and ranchers develop conservation plans for the agricultural exemptions to the Kauai County Sediment and Erosion Control Ordinance </li></ul><ul><li>Assist SWCD in various public outreach activities about agricultural and environmental issues </li></ul><ul><li>SWCD will not be viable organization to help the agricultural industry and our communities in natural resources conservation and protection </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of conservation specialist will weaken the SWCD operation </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Farm In Kahili Ridge </li></ul><ul><li>Produce high quality lumber and other forest products for local consumption on a sustainable basis </li></ul><ul><li>Mahogany, Albizia, Eucalyptus, Pheasant Wood, Ebony </li></ul><ul><li>3,000 ac. </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Implemented: </li></ul><ul><li>~ Forest Site Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>~ Pest Management </li></ul><ul><li>~ Tree/Shrub Establishment </li></ul><ul><li>~Forest Stand Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>~Forest Buffer </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Cooperator in Kokee </li></ul><ul><li>Conserve and restore native plant communities to provide habitats for endangered plants and animals. </li></ul><ul><li>Removal of Kahili Ginger, Strawberry Guava and Privet </li></ul><ul><li>Critical habitat for endangered plant species and home to the Hawaiian Hoary Bat and Nene Goose </li></ul><ul><li>221 ac. </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Implemented: </li></ul><ul><li>~Restoration and Management of Declining Habitat </li></ul><ul><li>~ Upland Wildlife Habitat Management </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Cooperator in Limahuli </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of native species to provide habitat for native insects and endangered plants. </li></ul><ul><li>1000 ac. </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Implemented: </li></ul><ul><li>~Tree/Shrub Establishment </li></ul><ul><li>~Upland Wildlife Habitat Management </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Small Farms </li></ul><ul><li>Farm in Kalaheo </li></ul><ul><li>To produce quality crops while maintaining resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Help alleviate soil erosion in immediate area planned and improve soil condition and plant health. </li></ul><ul><li>3.7 ac </li></ul><ul><li>Orchard and cacao trees </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Implemented: </li></ul><ul><li>~ Conservation Cover </li></ul><ul><li>~ Mulching </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Farm in Hanapepe </li></ul><ul><li>Convert abandoned cropland into a sustainable field-stock nursery. </li></ul><ul><li>13 ac. </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Implemented: </li></ul><ul><li>~Access Road </li></ul><ul><li>~Fence </li></ul><ul><li>~Tree and Shrub Establishment </li></ul><ul><li>~Windbreak Establishment </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Large Farms </li></ul><ul><li>Farm in Moloaa & Kilauea </li></ul><ul><li>Sustain an organic avocado farm by enhancing organic matter and using nutrients more effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>To improve nutrient management system and provide increased ground cover to improve soil quality and to control invasive plants. </li></ul><ul><li>Two lots; 5 ac. and 17 ac. </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Implemented: </li></ul><ul><li>~Conservation Cover </li></ul><ul><li>~Cover Crop </li></ul><ul><li>~Nutrient Management </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Ranch in Kipu </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain an economically viable grazing operation that is also environmentally sustainable. </li></ul><ul><li>Grazing animals will be used to improve pasture conditions by increasing utilization of undesirable forages, rattail while increasing productivity and vigor of desirable species, kikuyugrass and pangola grass </li></ul><ul><li>1200 ac. </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Implemented: </li></ul><ul><li>~Fencing </li></ul><ul><li>~ Prescribed Grazing </li></ul><ul><li>~ Water Facility </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Ranch in Hanamaulu </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a sustainable grazing system for their cow/calf operation </li></ul><ul><li>975 ac. (514 ac.) </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Implemented: </li></ul><ul><li> ~Pipeline </li></ul><ul><li>~Prescribed Grazing </li></ul><ul><li>~Water Facility </li></ul><ul><li>~Fence </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Ranch in Wailua </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain an economically viable and environmentally sustainable livestock enterprise that will improve livestock distribution and harvest efficiencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Management strategy is sensitive to water quality issues and plant community habitat types. </li></ul><ul><li>600 ac </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Implemented: </li></ul><ul><li>~Pest Management </li></ul><ul><li>~Fence </li></ul><ul><li>~Pipeline </li></ul><ul><li>~Water Facility </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>Ranch in Kahili Ridge </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a sustainable grazing system. </li></ul><ul><li>Plant community consists of Hilo and Carpet grass, would like increase plant community to a more productive forage such as Pangola grass. </li></ul><ul><li>185 ac. </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Implemented: </li></ul><ul><li>~Pipeline </li></ul><ul><li>~Pumping Plant </li></ul><ul><li>~Watering Facility </li></ul>
  13. 16. <ul><li>Garden Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Mid April </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted by Kauai County Farm Bureau and the UH College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources at KCC </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a network of resources to Kauai residents and visitors who are interested in agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>East and West Kauai SWCDs shared a booth with NRCS and FSA </li></ul><ul><li>Provide educational material to the public about conservation as well as information about our agencies </li></ul>
  14. 18. <ul><li>Farm Bureau County Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Late August </li></ul><ul><li>East and West Kauai SWCDs participate with NRCS and FSA </li></ul><ul><li>Publicizes our activities and role with natural resources conservation </li></ul>
  15. 19. <ul><li>County Department of Water Annual “Make A Splash Water Festival” </li></ul><ul><li>Held in September </li></ul><ul><li>5 th graders on island </li></ul><ul><li>Promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources with youth. </li></ul>
  16. 20. <ul><li>Conservation Awareness Contest </li></ul><ul><li>Land Judging Contest </li></ul><ul><li>Held in November </li></ul><ul><li>Receive assistance from UH Cooperative Extension Service and the State Department of Education </li></ul><ul><li>High school students learn the importance of natural resource conservation in agricultural production. </li></ul>
  17. 21. Duties of a conservation specialist require me to participate in a variety of different activities including: <ul><li>Conservation planning </li></ul><ul><li>Providing technical assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering and elevation surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Education and outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Support and assistance for partners, NRCS, USDA </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul>
  18. 22. <ul><li>How and why your position is so important to the SWCD? </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to the districts by being involved in a variety of related areas including: </li></ul><ul><li>Erosion control plan reviews of agricultural lands </li></ul><ul><li>Federal cost-share assistance for small agricultural operations by reviewing an approving conservation plans </li></ul><ul><li>Control of non-point source pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Watershed planning </li></ul><ul><li>Flood prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Agroforestry </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife habitat preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Community outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation education </li></ul>
  19. 23. <ul><li>Again without conservation specialist our environment will greatly affected. With our main goal reducing soil erosion and sediment due to runoff to prevent non-point source pollution of our streams, rivers and ocean, I believe we can make a difference! </li></ul>