exclosure primarily protects a stand of 'awikiwiki
sandwicensis) also grows in
See Jupiter Nielsen's photos of the exclosure in February 2010
The exclosure used to be surrounded by a'ali'i
(it looks nothing like this today), with some alahe'e.
In the last few years, the feral goat population has exploded in the
area, and nearly everything has been eaten. Apparently alahe'e taste
the worst to goats, as those are the least damaged plants.
to ten years ago, you saw signs of goats, but you didn't see a scene
like that below, taken during the October 2007 service trip. How many
goats can you see?
|| This bleached skeleton used to be an
a'ali'i about five feet tall and six feet across.
The feral goats ate all of the rest of it.
Both photos by Irene Newhouse, 2007