Good news for an important watershed on the Valley Isle.

The Nature Conservancy says it has completed a 3-mile fence through a remote high-elevation forest, “adding new protection to more than 1,000 acres in the heart of the East Maui watershed.”

According to a press release, the land is part of a rainforest that provides 60 billion gallons of water every year for domestic and agricultural use.

Waikamoi fence Easst Maui watershed

The Waikamoi fence.

The Nature Conservancy

“This was one of the last unprotected parcels of land in the core of the East Maui Watershed Partnership area,” Mark White, The Nature Conservancy’s Maui Nui program director, said in a statement. “We had thought that it was rugged enough to provide a geographic barrier, but we found the pigs were getting in.”

The $850,000 fence was funded by the Maui Department of Water Supply, the state Department of Health Clean Water Branch, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alexander & Baldwin’s East Maui Irrigation Co.

The fenced land is part of a 3,712-acre addition to the Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve. The land is owned by East Maui Irrigation Co. but managed by the Conservancy. 

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