Implementation of Micronesia Challenge and climate adaptation plans for forest areas in the Federated States of Micronesia, funded by the United States Forest Service (2014 – 2017)
MCT is administering grants to local conservation organizations in the Federated States of Micronesia to work with communities to develop and implement Forest Stewardship Landowner Plans. Notably this includes a grant to the Yela Environment Landowners Authority to fund the implementation of management activities for the Yela Conservation Easement in Kosrae State of the Federated States of Micronesia. Established in 2014, this easement is the first of its kind in Micronesia and covers 78 acres of wetland forest, including part of the largest remaining contiguous stand of Ka tree (Terminalia carolinensis) in the world and a portion of the Tafunsak area watershed. Management activities in the site include clearing channels in the watershed, combating invasive species, replanting native species and putting in a network of ecotourism trails. In addition to work on the ground, the management team is also engaged in community outreach and awareness building about the value of the watershed and the wetland forest.