Maui Workshop for Conserving Native Animals and Plants
I find this sort of amusing. The concept makes a lot of sense, however, here on Maui there is sooooo much politics that it makes it difficult who to believe.
Recently we had a fire in the Kula Forest Reserve. It burned a very significant portion of the pine, redwood and eucalyptus forests. Note that none of the trees mentioned are native to Hawaii. One of our high schools made a class project of helping with the "reforestation". They planted more pine trees!
In the burn area, we have a lot of thistle and Himalayan blackberries growing. If I went through the area spraying a herbicide to control these non-natives, I would be fined.
I used to really support a group called the Maui Invasive Species Committee. I am one of those who wouldn't mind getting their hands dirty in the actual removal of invasive plants/animals. What I found was that Maui Invasive Committee just wants the public to write to their senators and representives to push for funding for the committee. In my opinion they are using "green" to create jobs for themselves.
I am NOT an expert. But I'm too cheap to pay for anyone else to do the job (local shop wanted $200 to tan my coyote hide). I've used this recipe for rabbit hides, deer hides, a moose skin, and a coyote pelt. I've adapted this recipe from one I found online. Feel free to use it but use this tip at your own risk and comply with all local laws wherever you are. When butchering: Cool the hide as soon as you can get it off the animal. Remove the hide form the...