Details about the Rainforest Property
The whole property was approximately 89.125 acres, TMK 3-1-3-009-023. The 1,015 feet of highway frontage allowed observation of the facility or native forest restoration efforts from Highway 130. The circumference was approximately 9388.88 feet or 1.778 miles, as can be seen from the plat map issued by the County of Hawai'i. This plat map shows the deeded highway access. Two widely-separated roads allowed uninterrupted access from Highway 130 through the two gated roads, each longer than 1/3 mile.
The site was at an elevation of approximately 900 feet. It had rolling hills. It was approximately 3.5 miles uphill of the only existing geothermal plant on the island. It was 2 miles uphill of the 2018 eruption of the Kilauea volcano. It was at least ten miles from any shoreline.
Six utility poles provided support for the 69kV electrical power transmission lines along the corridor as shown on this survey map. These are the six poles on the right-hand side of the survey map. The high-voltage power lines crossed Highway 130 at the entrance of the easement held by HELCO and Hawaiian Telcom. The distances between power poles are shown on the survey. The site was in the east rift zone of an active volcano that has been designated a geothermal resource zone by government authorities.
The 25-acre clearing was a sugar-cane plantation before the subdivision. Replacement vegetation included native ohia and uluhe, Lyon's Grass, strawberry and other guava, maile pilau, miconia, albizia, avocado, cecropia, Coster's curse, melastoma, gunpowder, white ginger, swordfern, spanish bean, yellow guava, fountain grass, california grass, and indian paintbrush.
The site was zoned for agriculture. This 8,000 square-foot garden was dozed in the clearing. Rain typically fell more than 360 days per year, with an occasional 6 inches of rain per day. A Hawaiian Hawk nesting pair raised chicks in the forest. The Hawaiian Hawk was on the threatened species list.
Elisabeth Green spent more than 82,000 hours on-site protecting the native forest. She developed a project to restore the 89 acres to sustainable forestry and a plan to restore the 34-acre Hawaiian Hawk habitat. She developed vehicle and facility designs, specifications and operating procedures to ensure compliance with federal government standards and customer operational requirements for a major U.S. electric company. She developed operator interfaces that minimize the potential for operator error for major U.S. corporations. She operated and maintained equipment up to 100 atmospheres of pressure at a major university medical center, including system troubleshooting. She performed biomedical and human factors engineering with an emphasis on environmental stress for major U.S. companies. She developed life support systems including breathing gases and biological, chemical and radiation safety equipment. She planned, designed, conducted, analyzed and reported scientific studies using human subjects.
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