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Hi! My name is Taylor Marsh and I'm the Owner and Operator of NES. We're starting to really see the impacts of a global climate crisis overlapping with major issues here at home in Hawaii like invasive species, wildfires, erosion and runoff, land use issues, and native species extinctions. Since 2017, we've researched and developed new and innovative approaches to help tackle these conservation issues. Through utilizing aerial applications for restoration, reforestation, invasive species control, and erosion control, we can tackle large scale issues more efficiently and at a lower cost. 

Through my experience in Hawaii conservation over the past 20 years, and through my own personal awareness and my deeper connection with Hawaii and the land, I realized that there is so much help and restoration that the land needs, so we truly hope to add to the ongoing grassroots and dedicated efforts that we've been lucky enough to be a part of over the years and we are inspired to keep innovating and serving all of Hawaii. We appreciate your support.



Over the past decade, an average of 1,000 wildfires burned 17,000 acres each year in Hawaiʻi with the percentage of total land area burned comparable to and often exceeding figures for the fire-prone western U.S.. Over 98% of all wildfires in Hawaii are human-caused, leading to the increase in wildfires by increasing the abundance of ignitions and introducing non-native fire-prone grasses and shrubs seen mostly on abandoned agricultural lands. It is these non-native grasses and shrubs that dominate burned areas and maintain a ‘grass-fire-cycle’, a positive feedback by which fire risk remains a persistent threat to Hawaiʻi’s residential areas and natural watershed resources.

Non-native grasslands and shrublands now cover nearly one quarter of Hawaiʻi’s total land area (1 million acres) and together with a warming, drying climate and a year-round fire season, this greatly increases the incidence of larger fires, especially in leeward areas.

A key strategy to break this grass-fire cycle and reduce the risk of future fires is to alter the composition of the vegetation that recovers in the post-fire environment. From this perspective, every fire actually provides a potential opportunity to replace fire-prone grasses and shrubs with species that are less prone to burning, less sensitive to drought, less invasive, etc.




2541 Waolani Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

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