Hawaii Considers Addition of Land to Forest System

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on proposed additions of land to the State's Forest Reserve System on the island of Hawaii.

The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. on July 12, 2007, at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife conference room at 19 East Kawili Street, in Hilo.

"We invite the public to comment on these additions to state forest reserve lands on the island of Hawai'i. DLNR will manage these lands for their high quality natural resource value as native habitat and watershed and other potential uses," said Allan Smith, DLNR interim chairperson.

The four proposed additions are as follows:

  • 1. Addition of approximately 37,901 acres to the newly designated Pu‘u Wa‘a Wa‘a Forest Reserve at Pu'u Wa'a Wa'a and Pu'u Anahulu, North Kona, Hawai'i, for natural, cultural, and recreational resource management purposes including but not limited to restoration of native plant and animal ecosystems, preservation of cultural resources, reforestation, hunting, public recreation, research, pasture, education, eco-tourism activities, and other appropriate forestry purposes. (TMK parcels (3) 7-1-001:001, 004, & 006; (3) 7-1-002:001 & 013; (3) 7-1-003:016; and (3) 7-1-004:018)
  • 2. Addition of approximately 1,371 acres (pending final subdivision) to the Ka'ū Forest Reserve at Waiohinu (also known as Kamilo), Ka'ū District, to provide for public recreation opportunities, protection of Hawaiian cultural and unique natural resources, and other appropriate forestry purposes. (TMK parcel (3) 9-5-006: portion of 001).
  • 3. Addition of approximately 25,856 acres to the newly-designated Wao Kele O Puna Forest Reserve, situated along the east rift zone of Kīlauea Volcano, Puna District, Hawai'i, for the protection and management of its natural and cultural resources and other appropriate forestry purposes. (TMK parcels (3) 1-2-010: 002 & 003); and
  • 4. Addition of approximately 1,500 acres (pending final subdivision) to the Hilo Forest Reserve at Pu'u 'Ō'ō, Pi'ihonua, South Hilo, Hawai'i, to provide public recreation and hunting opportunities, wildlife preservation, weed control, and other forestry purposes. (TMK parcel (3) 2-6-018: portion of 001)

The Division of Forestry and Wildlife is authorized to manage and regulate public lands set apart as Forest Reserves as detailed in Chapter 183, Hawai'i Revised Statues (HRS). Pursuant to HRS Sections 183-12 and 183-13,

All interested persons are urged to attend the public hearing to present relevant information and individual opinion for the DLNR to consider. Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments, may mail written testimony postmarked no later than July 27, 2007 to the Forestry Program Manager, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl Street Room 325, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813.

Any person requesting an auxiliary aid or service (i.e. large print materials, sign language interpreters) is asked to contact Marigold Zoll at 587-4166 or through the Telecommunication Relay Service at 711 by July 9, 2007.