Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar
Project heads call it “extreme fencing”.
An attempt to preserve 275 acres of lowland dry forest in Waikoloa containing extremely rare plants and federally designated endangered tree species is ongoing.
Part of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Recovery effort entails laying this 6 foot high game fence, designed to keep goats and other hungry ungulates away from precious native plant species like wiliwili and uhiuhi.
As you can see, laying the fence is no easy task. Because of the terrain, the crew with Big Country Fencing is being aided by a helicopter, unfurling thousands of feet of fencing as the chopper hovers above. The mad scramble can be treacherous over the course a’a field.
Big Island Country Fencing owner Justin Branco made it sound like business as usual.
The fencing project began one year ago, and today nears completion.
According to the Waikoloa Village Outdoor Circle, which has taken the lead on the project, the proposal for this recovery project was developed in cooperation with a number of state and federal organizations and agencies.