- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to reinforce a trail at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai to protect it from erosion.

The work would bolster about half of a 200-foot trail between the refuge visitor center and lighthouse, The Garden Island (https://bit.ly/1FiNgWJ ) newspaper in Lihue reported Tuesday.

The trail meanders from the visitor center to the lighthouse along steep bluffs overlooking the ocean. A cement wall lines the trail, which shows cracks and wear.

Erosion and settlement have affected parts of the trail but work to address erosion hasn’t been conducted in about 10 years.

“This is more of a maintenance issue more than anything,” Greg Allington, project consultant for McMillen Jacobs Associates. “Anytime there is cracking like that, there is concern. Now, do we think the trail is going to give way tomorrow? Absolutely not.”

The agency has invited the public to comment and attend an open house in Kilauea on April 16. The agency will address project stabilization, restoration, stormwater improvement measures and other issues at the meeting.

The Fish and Wildlife Service has also initiated an environmental assessment to analyze project impacts.


Information from: The Garden Island, https://thegardenisland.com/

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