Tropical Gardening: Dryland forests’ protection often forgotten

A stark contrast may be seen in the Waimea region where once heavily-forested areas have become grassland. With warming and drying conditions, should they be reforested with dry land or rainforest species? Or both? Microclimates occur throughout and may be altered by what we plant. (Voltaire Moise/Courtesy photo)

We frequently talk of protecting the rainforests and cloud forests of Hawaii, but often neglect the importance of Hawaii’s dry land forests. However, thanks to the efforts of Ka‘ahahui o Ka Nahelehele we are beginning to understand the importance as well.