In Hawaii, there exists some of the oldest and most expensive trees in the world, and believe it or not, they get poached as well.
The ancient Koa tree is the largest native tree in the Hawaiian Islands reaching heights of about 115 feet. It's one of the most expensive woods in the world and is used to make furniture, veneer, and crafts.
More than half of Hawaii’s 31 birds on the federal endangered species list need koa to shelter the smaller plants they feed on, such as the red splayed blossoms of the ohia lehua, giant Hawaiian raspberries and marble-sized red ohelo berries. A spreading koa canopy protects seedlings and smaller plants from cold upland temperatures, which can dip into the 20s during winter on Mauna Kea.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We're always looking for help by providing cameras, field equipment for wildlife rangers, and in monitoring our real-time feeds for potential poaching activity. Make a donation below, or choose any of the following items and we'll make sure they get to our rangers on the front-lines of conservation.