Haleakala National Park Research Office
National Biological Service


Introduction

The National Biological Service (NBS) Research Office at Haleakala National Park has broad responsibility for planning, coordinating and executing research programs and studies necessary to provide the scientific data upon which natural resource management strategies and public information are based.

General program direction and priorities are provided by the park's Natural Resources Management Plan. Each year an Annual Work Plan is developed that represents an agreement among the research scientist and staff, the National Park Service (the park and the regional office), and the National Biological Service (Hawaii Subregion) of priorities and emphases in a given year.

Research

The Haleakala (HALE) Research program is closely associated with the NBS Cooperative Research Unit (former National Park Service - Cooperative National Park Resources Studies Unit) of the University of Hawaii (Botany department) in Honolulu. The NBS Research Unit Leader in Honolulu assists the Haleakala Research program and the Park in coordination with the scientific community.

The Haleakala Research program is also closely associated with the Research program at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HAVO). The two programs have worked together to develop research on feral pigs, forest bird monitoring, vegetation mapping, and other projects.

The staff also work closely with the Bishop Museum regarding documentation of park taxa in museum collections, with the Hawaii Heritage Program of the Nature Conservancy regarding rare and endangered taxa, and with the State Planning Office, Maui County Planning Office and other regarding coordination of GIS efforts.

Haleakala Conservation Biology Field Station

The Haleakala Conservation Biology Field Station was built by the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii (TNCH) adjacent to the HALE research office in 1991. The purpose of the Field Station is to provide simple logistical support for nurturing research with Haleakala National Park, Waikamoi Preserve, and important State conservation lands including Hanawi Natural Area Reserve. The HALE Research program is responsible for day to day management of the Field Station.

Research Priorities 1994-96

Scientific research priorities during 1994-96 should deal with four primary facets:
  1. Developing and implementing a design a long-term network for adequately monitoring the status of the Park's biological resources and threats to them.
  2. Developing strategies for protecting threatened, endangered and sensitive plant species of the Park and East Maui.
  3. Developing strategies for preventing the arrival and establishment of new alien species on the island of Maui which will potentially threaten Haleakala National Park and other natural areas and native biological diversity on Maui.
  4. Working toward documentation of the unique climatic parameters necessary for healthy functioning of HALE's ecosystems and toward participation in the the NPS/NBS Global Climate Change Research Program.

Address and Contacts:

Dr. Lloyd Loope, Research Scientist
Haleakala National Park Research Program
Box 369
Makawao, Maui, Hawaii 96768
(808)572-1983

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From the HALE NBS Annual Report 1994