Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Monday, March 9, 2020
Forest Service, DLNR Sign 'Shared Stewardship' Agreement
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 2296 Views :: Environment

FEDERAL & STATE FORESTERS PLEDGE COLLABORATION ON URGENT CHALLENGES

Hawai‘i Becomes 13th State to Sign Shared Stewardship Agreement

News Release from DLNR Feb 27, 2020

(Honolulu) – Catastrophic wildfires, degraded watersheds, epidemics of invasive species and disease are but a few of the challenges facing forest managers across the country and in Hawai‘i. Add these threats to increasing demands for a variety of uses of public forest lands and managers have their hands full.

Today, Hawai‘i, through the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) became the thirteenth U.S. state to sign a Shared Stewardship Agreement with the USDA Forest Service (USFS). This follows approval of a memorandum-of-agreement (MOU) by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Feb. 14th.

The USDA Forest Service announced its new strategy for improving forest conditions in August 2018. In addition to the states, the Association of Western State Governors has endorsed the collaborative approach to help identify priorities for landscape-scale treatment of common challenges.

David Smith, DOFAW Administrator said, “The Forest Service and DLNR both have vested interests in managing forests and watersheds in Hawai‘i as part of the nation’s forests.  Increasing our coordination, particularly in areas where our interests overlap, is mutually beneficial for protecting and restoring healthy forests across the state, while also increasing efficiency by sharing or leveraging resources.”

The state-federal MOU outlines both agency’s commitments to increase the scope and scale of critical forest treatments that protect communities, create and sustain jobs, and improve forest health and resiliency. In practicality, DLNR/DOFAW & thus USFS, have been collaborating on projects and initiatives for decades.

DLNR Chair Suzanne Case commented, “The Shared Stewardship MOU formalizes much of what we’ve been doing for a very long time with our partners at the forest service. It will help us to continue being proactive in identifying projects to protect and improve forest and watershed conditions, to better ensure Hawai‘i‘s forests continue their role in sustaining life and livelihoods in the islands, as well as safely connecting people to our forests.”

Signing on behalf of the USDA Forest Service was Pacific Southwest Regional Forester, Randy Moore. He added, “Collaboration between state and federal agencies on issues of forest health and resiliency is critical. The Forest Service is fortunate to collaborate on restoration projects here and share science and research to address issues to help care for the land and serve people. We are excited to partner with the state to enhance our collaboration though this Shared Stewardship agreement with Hawai’i.”

DLNR and the USFS plan to take an integrated approach to prioritize investments and to connect with a multitude of government agencies, private landowners, counties, universities, and communities to have the greatest impacts on priorities outlined in the State of Hawai‘i Forest Action Plan and the Hawai‘i Interagency Biosecurity Plan.

The signing of the MOU happened today.

To view video please click on: https://vimeo.com/394333989

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

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 ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together

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

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii