Intern post #2: Jeff Stallman
It’s hard to believe…
Looking above the pastures of Waimea, Eucalyptus plantations of Honoka’a, and Mac Nut Orchards of Kapa’au, it’s hard to believe a native rainforest exists atop Kohala Mountain.
My internship with Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) has made me a believer.
The land above Kawaihae is regenerating where it is protected by fences. The (nearly) pristine forests on Kohala Mountain will hopefully remain with protection from fences and removal of invasive species.
My internship with KWP has shown me both the fragility and the resilience of the many environments of Kohala. Explore these areas as I have, and I doubt it will take you long to become a believer, too. I feel privileged to work in these amazing places: protecting what is, and encouraging the resurgence of what was.