Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Friday, May 20, 2011
Natural Resource Agencies Collaborate to Help Conserve Forestry Lands in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 4866 Views :: Energy, Environment

Natural Resource Agencies Collaborate to Help Conserve Forestry Lands in Hawaii

News Release from www.Hawaii.gov/gov

Honolulu – State and federal agencies signed a partnership today that will help private Forest Stewardship, landowners and managers conserve forestry land across Hawai'i.

“Through this agreement, we will build a partnership of trust and collaboration that is critical in sustaining our unique forest lands and watersheds,” said Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairperson William Aila, Jr. “This will promote local job growth in our forest products industry and contribute to the sustainability of our island communities.”

The agreement, formally called a Joint Forestry Memorandum of Understanding, includes the following agencies: DLNR, Hawai'i Association of Conservation Districts (HACD), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Leaders of these agencies signed the agreement at a press conference in Governor Neil Abercrombie’s office today.

“This is a renewed commitment for collaboration among natural resource agencies in Hawai'i,” said Randy Moore, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Forester. “This strengthens our ability to address issues across boundaries in an all-lands approach.”

In Hawai'i, these agencies provide a variety of assistance programs to private landowners and forest producers, including the Forest Stewardship Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, Environmental Quality Incentive Program, and Conservation Reserve Enchantment Program (CREP). Currently, many forest landowners who are prospectively eligible for forestry assistance have been underserved primarily due to limited forestry expertise or limited financial support for programs.

The agreement will strengthen cooperation for the delivery of forestry-related conservation assistance to private landowners and managers of the land. The agreement does not call for any additional funding for any agency; instead this collaboration will allow for the partners to use existing funds to deliver programs more efficiently.

“We want to help every person who wants to protect our environment and natural resources,” Governor Abercrombie said. “This partnership will empower people to be good stewards of our land now and for future generations.”

One example of a person who has benefitted from assistance programs includes John Lindelow, of Ahu Lani Sanctuary on Mauna Kea on Hawai'i Island. Through current federal-state conservation programs, Mr. Lindelow has planted Koa and other native Hawaiian trees and converted 20 acres of pastureland to native forest land by improving water and soil quality.

“Forests make rivers. Our vision is to bring back the native forests, and the resulting permanent streams, that used to exist in our ahupua'a on the North Slope of Mauna Kea,” Mr. Lindelow said. “By getting involved with Conservation Reserve Enchantment Program, we now have great relationships with NRCS, FSA, DLNR, and the local watershed partnerships. I am excited to see future efforts to reforest the land; this partnership will help to clear a path for those individuals wanting to get involved.”

The agreement comes as a result of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), which called for specific attention to the need for forestry assistance to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s private working lands. National agencies began asking state agencies through these formal agreements to collaborate to ensure that conservation assistance is available.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with our partners at the local level, to promote forestry and watershed protection. Each of our partners will provide unique expertise and resources. HACD will provide locally based knowledge and community support to enhance this statewide program,” said Wesley Nohara, President of the Hawai'i Association of Conservation Districts.

“We are honored to be a partner in this significant opportunity to support our forest land stewards with federal programs and funds available through the Farm Bill,” said Lawrence Yamamoto, Director of NRCS in the Pacific Islands Area.

###

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Back da Blue Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT