Fleming Arboretum http://www.flemingarboretum.org/
Arlene Salomon was hired in 2003 by The Friends of the D. T. Fleming Arboretum (FOFA) with a grant funded by the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation to evaluate and prune more than 54 mature native Hawaiian trees in the arboretum collection located in Ulupalakua.
She was hired again the following year in 2004, funded by the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation towards "Project Plant" to assist in out-planting new species into the arboretum, making it a more complete collection of species from Auwahi, a natural forest area located on the leeward flanks of Haleakala. Several Alani, Melicope knudsenii seedlings were included in the project, notably being the first successful propagation and out-planting of this seedling from the last viable tree in existence.
Photo: Arlene Salomon posing next to a Lama, Diospyros sandwicensis, one of the vintage native trees treated and pruned in 2003.
Malama i ka 'Aina award
Arlene Salomon being presented with the 2004 Malama i ka 'Aina award at the Lawn and Garden Fair held at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Sponsored by the Maui Invasive Species Committee, the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals and Maui County in recognition of landscapers and plant providers for efforts to keep invasive species out of Maui County.
Photo: Left to right, Rob Parsons, Mayor Alan Arakawa's executive assistant for environmental concerns, Arlene Taus Salomon, Teya Penniman, manager of the Maui Invasive Species Committee.
The Maui Nui Botanical Gardens http://www.mnbg.org/
In 2002 Arlene Salomon took a position at MNBG as Volunteer Coordinator and Gardener, arranging volunteer activities and designing and outplanting garden displays.
The 7 acre botanical garden is a gathering place for education and conservation, emphasizing the native plants of Maui Nui (Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i and Kaho'olawe) and Polynesian-introduced plants, important crops that sustained the people throughout early Hawaiian history.
The Dryforest At Auwahi http://www.auwahi.org
"If you know your trees at Auwahi, you know your trees of Hawaii"
Arlene was a regular volunteer from 2001-2005 with the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project, a coalition of private and public agencies and a group of concerned community citizens working together in a historic effort to save a remnant Hawaiian forest. The Auwahi district on Haleakala is noted as one of the richest botanical regions in the Territory.
Auwahi forest is not only an irreplaceable sanctuary for biological and cultural resources, but as importantly, a site where people can learn about native forests and participate in their protection.
`a`ali`i, Dodonaea viscosa standing in the remnant forest with lichen.
“He `a`ali`i ku makani mai au; `a`ohe makani nana e kula`i ( I am a wind resisting `a`ali`i; no gale can push me over).
kauila, kauwila, Alphitonai ponderosa auwahiensis
a rare and endemic native Hawaiian tree species renowned by Hawaiians for its iron-hard wood and as a symbol of strength. Auwahi.
`a`ali`i, Dodonaea viscosa indigenous Hawaiian tree species.
Remnant of existing forest flowering and luminous in the smoky glow of cloud cover at Auwahi, being overtaken by lichen. Auwahi.
A concerned community citizen assists in collecting a'ali'i seeds to germinate and outplant the seedlings back into the forest at Auwahi.
Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission http://kahoolawe.hawaii.gov/home.php
The island of Kaho`olawe, target of U.S. Navy bombing until the late 1980s, has been undergoing clean-up and restoration.
An estimated 1.9 million tons of soil are deposited into the ocean surrounding Kaho‘olawe each year through erosion. The KIRC’s Pu‘u Moa‘ulanui restoration project focuses on reducing sediment flow in stream channels before it reaches the sea by promoting growth of vegetation in those areas. More than 100 acres have been planted with native species that include trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, and herbs.
There are still unexploded ordnance (bombs) and other hazards
Photo: 2004. One happy volunteer atop of "Navigators Point".
Arlene Salomon volunteering with KIRC, helping replant native vegetation on Kaho'olawe and feeling connected with the ‘āina—the wind, ocean, land, and heavens.
Friends Of Haleakala National Park http://www.fhnp.org/index.html
Since it's inception Arlene has been participating in service oriented backpacking expeditions with FHNP.
Haleakala has more threatened and endangered species than any other national park in the U.S. The primary threat to Haleakala National Park is from alien species such as non-native plants and animals that do not naturally occur in Hawaii.
Photo: Arlene Salomon standing with an `iliahi, Santalum haleakalae sapling growing next to a hiking trail within the park.