Environmental Care

Environmental Care

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The Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) outlines management actions to protect and sustain UH lands on Maunakea. Some hightlights include:

Threat Prevention and Control

Manane flowers, closeup

  • Limit threats to natural resources through management of permitted activities and uses.
  • Limit damage caused by invasive species through creation of an invasive species prevention and control program.
  • Maintain native plant and animal populations and biological diversity.
  • Minimize barriers to species migration, to help maintain populations and protect ecosystem processes and development.
  • Manage ecosystems to allow for response to climate change.
  • Reduce threats to natural resources by educating stakeholders and the public about Maunakea’s unique natural resources.

An Akepa bird on an ʻŌhia branch

Ecosystem Protection, Enhancement, and Restoration

  • Delineate areas of high native diversity, unique communities, or unique geological features within the Astronomy Precinct and at Halepōhaku and consider protection from development.
  • Consider fencing areas of high native biodiversity or populations of endangered species to keep out feral ungulates (applies to areas below 12,800 ft elevation).
  • Increase native plant density and diversity through an outplanting program.
  • Incorporate mitigation plans into project planning and conduct mitigation following new development.
  • Conduct habitat rehabilitation projects following unplanned disturbances.
  • Create restoration plans and conduct habitat restoration activities, as needed.

Inventory, Monitoring, and Research

A closeup of a Wekiu Bug

  • Conduct baseline inventories of high-priority resources, as outlined in an inventory, monitoring, and research plan.
  • Conduct regular long-term monitoring, as outlined in an inventory, monitoring, and research plan.
  • Conduct research to fill knowledge gaps that cannot be addressed through inventory and monitoring.
  • Develop geo-spatial database of all known natural resources and their locations in the UH Management Areas that can serve as baseline documentation against change and provide information essential for decision-making.

Program Management

  • Increase communication, networking, and collaborative opportunities, to support management and protection of natural resources.
  • Use the principles of adaptive management when developing programs and methodologies.
  • Review programs annually and revise any component plans every five years, based on the results of the program review.