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Letter for Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Nounou west trail needs upkeep

I walk my dog every morning on the Nounou (Sleeping Giant) west trail.

The trail is not well-kept. The grass grows until someone calls the Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Further, there are several areas of downed branches that are never removed. One of them has been there so long that weeds have grown over it.

Another area was caused by a large downed branch last year. F&W cut it up, moved the pile to the side of the trail and left it there. In the six years I have lived here, the piles of wood under the large mango tree have never been removed.

Further, it is obvious that the last time the trail was mowed, some sort of weed killer was applied on the sides of the trail. What exactly is F&W using to kill weeds? Several homes are close to the trail, and the weed-killer is also on their property.

Additionally, the fence on the south side between Kamalu and Crossley roads is falling apart.

Kama‘aina and visitors use the trail on a regular basis. The grass in parts can grow to five feet tall, and the piles of wood are not only unsightly, they are a prospective nest for rats and an area for centipedes.

Mowing on a regular basis would help one problem. Removing the downed wood would help another. Replacing the fence is yet another. And knowing exactly what sort of weed killer is being applied is imperative.

Donna Gould Carsten, Kapa‘a
Source: The Garden Island

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