2011_2: Dr. Sam Gon "Hawaiian Dry Forest Restoration: Guidance in an era of transformational landscapes"
Highly endangered dry forest ecosystems in Hawai’i are often degraded by invasive species, and are being lost at a rapid rate. How can Hawaii preserve its biodiversity in the face of these ever-expanding invasive species? Dr. Sam Gon, senior scientist and cultural adviser with The Nature Conservancy discusses dry forest restoration. Gon would like to see ecosystem restoration efforts assert native species as much as possible and see native plants re-established in areas where they're no longer found, but he also recognizes this is difficult and time consuming.
This talk was presented at the fifth annual 2011 Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium: "Facing Change" on February 25th, 2011 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The symposium highlight dryland forest ecology and restoration efforts in Hawai‘i.