Native Tree Planting Drive to Support Maui’s Forests

April 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

 The Permaculture Group has announced it’s second annual Earth Day Native Tree Planting Drive, a campaign to inspire everyone to invest in restoring Maui’s native forests. Throughout the end of April, Maui residents and those abroad can purchase a variety native trees, and plant them in their yards or have The Permaculture Group land stewards plant them on their behalf. Interested participants can learn more and order via PayPal at their website, or call 808-250-1469.

According to The Permaculture Group founder Joseph Imhoff, “here on Maui, we have a problem with our forests. They have been clear-cut, they are diminishing more and more, and restoration is crucial. Hawai’i’s native trees are meant to be here, and they are gravely needed for wind abatement, healthy soils, and to keep fresh rainwater in our aquifers. They even play an important role in healthy reefs and ocean life.”

For Earth Day, Imhoff is offering the aalii, ohia lehua, koai’a, and upcountry koa. Delivery is available. The Permaculture Group has several native tree drives throughout the year, most recently the “Planting Christmas” project that asked residents to use a live, potted native tree for their Christmas tree instead of cutting one down. Imhoff says over 30 residents chose native trees and planted them as a sustainable, healthy alternative.

“It is our goal to leave Maui much healthier, much better off than when we found it. These trees will live much longer than we do, and will truly preserve a tangible, sustainable wealth for the generations to come,” adds Imhoff’s wife and partner Sara Tekula. “Also, 10 trees equals the amount of oxygen one person uses in their lifetime. At the very least, each person should be planting 10 trees to give that back.”

Joseph and Sara have done documentary film projects intended to “inspire social change and wellness” on Maui through their media company, Noni Films. (more)

About The Permaculture Group:
“Thinking ahead, from the ground up”. Through its Community-Supported Agriculture projects (CSAs), The Permaculture Group creates creative, engaging opportunities for the Maui community to make lifestyle changes that support the local economy and environment. This includes supporting local farmers, native reforestation projects, addressing food security issues and providing media services to expand and promote all of the above.

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