Benefits of Native Reforestation for Hawaiian Ranches

Masters' thesis focuses on measuring agronomic benefits and carbon sequestration of native koa trees

Benefits of Native Reforestation for Hawaiian Ranches
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This project received pledges on Wed 01 Jan 2020

A short summary of your project

I'm raising a minimum of $3,000 to fund my thesis project investigating the benefits of native Koa reforestation for ranches on the island of Maui, Hawaii. My investigation will involve forage analysis of grasses growing under Koa trees, as well as an estimate of carbon sequestration of trees within the system. This project has the potential to encourage a more sustainable scenario for ranching in the Upcountry Maui community. Thank you for your support!

Who are you?

My name is Torey Jenkins. I was born and raised in Upcountry Maui, an area known for beautiful scenery and large areas devoted to cattle ranching. After learning about the deforestation and subsequent reforestation of many areas of Central America devoted to livestock, I was inspired to see if Hawaiian cattle ranches can do something similar for the long term environmental and economic viability of the island.  

Your story

  •  I am completing a master's degree in sustainable agriculture and agroforestry from an institution in Costa Rica called CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and     Higher Education Center). I have decided to conduct my thesis on sustainable ranching practices on the Island of Maui because I believe that there can be room for agricultural operations and native trees within the same space.
  • This project is particularly important to me because the Island of Maui has been struggling with long-term drought and erosion, and reforestation with native tree species may be beneficial for moisture retention, aquifer-recharge, wildlife biodiversity, and even ranching operations.
  • I believe that donors will have a powerful and positive impact on sustainable and environmentally-responsible ranching by supporting this project.

Where will the money go?

  • If I hit my minimum, I will spend my funding on forage analysis at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, as well as transportation costs associated with getting to the reforestation site.
  • If I hit my full target, I will utilize the monies to help pay for tuition at CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center)
  • What will you do with extra funds if things really take off and you raise more than your target? For any extra funds that exceed my target amount, I will donate to , which is a native reforestation non-profit on Maui.
  • I will give updates on the progress of my project once per month.
  • Breakdown of costs:
  •     Forage Analysis: $2,000.00
  •     Transportation costs: $1,000.00
  •     Tuition/school administration costs: $14,000


  • Rewards will include collector's pens made out of sustainably harvested Koa wood for those that choose to contribute $300.00 or more

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