Bayer

Molokai Site

Kaunakakai, Hawaii, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Windbreak Plantings
Forest
About the Program

The Bayer site in Hawaii is a 1244 acre farm on the island of Molokai that is using vegetation as a windbreak to prevent erosion, protect plantings and stabilize the soils. Non-native (but locally naturalized) Cook Pines are planted with a variety of native shrubs to create multilayered windbreaks throughout the farm.

Practices
  • Cook Pines are planted as windbreaks on the leeward side of  any water diversions, followed by a second and sometimes third planting of of native Hawaiian trees and shrubs immediately adjacent. The goal is to create a 30-40 foot windbreak every 500 feet for the entirety of the farm.
  • Trees and shrubs are monitored annually for growth and survival.
  • Non-native deer browse and weed issues are the primary management challenges.

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