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DLNR Receives $1.7 Million from Federal Government to Aid and Protect Hawaii’s Endangered Species

Honolulu- The State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife, recently received over $1.7 million in federal grant funds. The appropriations will fund select conservation and restoration projects aimed at protecting Hawaii’s endangered species.

“I applaud the Department of Land and Natural Resources for their efforts to preserve our State’s natural beauty and endangered wildlife,” said Senator Malama Solomon, chair of the Senate Committee on Water and Land. “Funding for these projects will go a long way toward the protection and enhancement of Hawaii’s unique environment and ecosystem.”

Projects funded under the approved grants include:

  • $578,250 for the purchase and management of Kalauao Valley in the central Koolau Mountains of Oahu to provide additional public access and conserve and protect endangered species.
  • $248,524 for the establishment of capacity and initial management actions that will lead to the long-term development of self-sustaining population of the critically-endangered Alala.
  • $249,952 for the implementation of conservation and management efforts targeting 41 snail species federally-listed Achatinella genus, as well as five rare species of Amastriade family.

Grant funding was awarded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Senate Water and Land Chair to Visit the Islands of Maui and Lana‘i

MAUI –Senate Water and Land Chair Malama Solomon will conduct site visits on the islands of Maui and Lana‘i from Wednesday, September 18 to Friday, September 20, 2013. Invited by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the Senator will receive updates on various programs, projects, and concerns. Senator Gilbert Kahele, chair of the Tourism Committee, will also be joining the group.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
• Koa forest watershed project
• Iao Valley State Monument
• Lipoa Point

Thursday, September 19, 2013
• New DOCARE enforcement boat Ha’ena State Park
• Lahaina Harbor
• Manele Bay Small Boat Harbor
• Lana‘i Island watershed

Friday, September 20, 2013
• Lana‘i Island Baseyard

I applaud the Department of Land and Natural Resources for organizing these informative site visits and look forward to learning more about their work on the islands of Maui and Lana‘i,” said Senator Malama Solomon. “Through working collaboratively with the department we will be able to better define and address the needs of all of our islands.”

These visits are part of a number of statewide site visits the Senator and DLNR are conducting this interim.

Department of Land and Natural Resources to Update Senate Water and Land Committee

Honolulu- The Senate Committee on Water and Land will be holding an informational briefing to receive updates on several emergent issues being addressed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

The briefing will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the State Capitol conference room 229.

During the briefing the committee and department will discuss:

 

  • Beginning at 9:30 a.m.: The effects of the Federal sequester within DLNR.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Concerns raised in the Audit of the Kaho‘olawe Rehabilitation Trust Fund regarding the trust fund itself and restoration plan.
  • 1:30 p.m.: The search for a new Division Administrator for the DLNR State Historic Preservation Division, as well as concerns regarding the National Park Service Corrective Action Plan.

This informational briefing is an opportunity for us to sit down with Department of Land and Natural Resources and discuss where they are in addressing key items concerning the State,” said Senator Malama Solomon, chair of the Senate Committee on Water and Land. “Through developing a stronger understanding of the organization’s current status we will be better able to plan for the future and prepare for the potential impacts of events such as sequestration.”

Other relevant issues will also be discussed.

Windward Oahu Community to Receive Update on Natural Resources

Kailua, Oahu — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will be updating the Kailua residents about projects under its jurisdiction on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Kainalu Elementary School.  

The DLNR representatives presenting are:

  • Guy Kaulukukui, DLNR Deputy Director, will provide division reports for the Windward District
  • Ed Underwood, of the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation-Kailua Bay
  • Paul Conry, of Hamakua Wetlands, Kawainui Marsh and Ulupo
  • The Division of Forestry and Wildlife-Off-Shore Islands

This is an opportunity for the community to learn about the precious natural resources that surround their neighborhood and how to protect and preserve them,” said Sen. Pohai Ryan, who represents Hawaii Kai, Waimanalo, Keolu Hills, Lanikai and Kailua.

A viewing of “The Rain Follows the Forest,” a half-hour film illustrating the importance of watershed protection and restoration will also be held at the meeting.  In the film, Local Actor Jason Scott Lee sets out to learn fresh water supply and our upland forest environment.

The public will also be able to browse through informational displays by the DLNR.

Senate and House receive update on progress of State Historic Preservation Division

On On November 1, 2011, the Senate Committees on Water Land and Housing and Hawaiian Affairs held a joint informational briefing with their House counterparts to receive an update on the State Historic Preservation Division’s (SHPD) progress in meeting requirements issued by the National Park Service in 2010, in order to maintain future federal funding for SHPD activities.

During the briefing, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Director William Aila Jr. provided remarks to the Legislature regarding SHPD’s capability of meeting NPS specified requirements. SHPD will provide an update to the Legislature during the 2012 Legislative Session.

Background

The State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) falls under provision of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DNLR) and “works to preserve and sustain reminders of earlier times which link the past to the present.” To assist in the accomplishment of this goal, the division has three branches, which include history and culture, archaeology, and architecture.

In 2010, the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service (NPS) designated the SHPD as a “high risk grantee.” This designation was based on report of NPS’s 2009 audit findings that the state had not met its obligation under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). NPS determined that Hawaii had significant operational problems in several mandated activities, including Survey & Inventory, Review & Compliance, National Register of Historic Places, Certified Local Government administration, and Historic Preservation Planning.

To correct the problems identified in the report, NPS compiled a series of corrective actions that span a 2-year time period. Failure to meet all requirements specified in the corrective action plan will result in the removal of the State’s approval status, termination of all active grants, and ineligibility for any new grants until approved program status has been regained.

The loss of Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant and funds and Hawaii’s approved program status would negatively impact the State’s economy. Without an approved State Historic Preservation Program:

  • Matching grant agreements between the NPS and Hawaii in excess of $1.1 million could be jeopardized
  • Uncertainty in how government agencies operating in Hawaii comply with Federal and state laws could cause serious delays in economic stimulus and other Federally-funded construction projects
  • Federal assistance provided through the SHPD could be restricted or unavailable to the citizens and property owners of Hawaii
  • Delay could occur in properties nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, which would adversely affect their eligibility for Federal and state historic preservation tax incentivizes, and/ or for historic preservation grant programs
  • There could be irreparable harm to locally and nationally significant historic properties of importance to the people of Hawaii and the nation.

The NPS report on Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division Operations
and other information related to SHPD can be found online at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/hpd/hpgrtg.htm.

Senate Committee on Water, Land and Housing Hosting DLNR Listening Sessions on Hawai‘i Island

HILO—The Senate Committee on Water, Land and Housing (WLH) Chair Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz and Vice Chair Senator Malama Solomon in partnership with Senator Gilbert Kahele are hosting the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Hawai‘i Island Listening Sessions on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2011. The DLNR Administration team, including Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr., First Deputy Guy H. Kaulukukui, and Water Deputy Bill M. Tam from Honolulu, is visiting Hawai‘i Island to hear community comments, questions, and concerns regarding topics under the Department’s jurisdiction.  This is part of a series of DLNR Listening Sessions to be conducted statewide.

“The meetings and site visits that DLNR has been conducting on the neighbor islands have been very successful in helping Senators address community concerns and needs,” said Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, who has been attending the talk story sessions.

“Having Chair William Aila and his team visit the Big Island is a great opportunity for them to listen to residents and to see for themselves the pressing needs of our community,” said Senator Malama Solomon, who represents District 1, which encompasses Waimea, Hamakua, North Hilo, Keaukaha, and Hilo.

“I look forward to continuing the conversation with Chair William Aila and his DLNR team about finding a solution to the problem the axis deer is posing on the Big Island’s agricultural industry,” said Senator Gilbert Kahele, who represents District 2, encompassing Ka‘u, Puna and Hilo.

“These listening sessions are purely for the Department to visit with communities and receive feedback on the communities’ ideas and concerns relating to the Department’s responsibilities,” said William J. Aila, Jr., Chairperson of DLNR. “Community participation is essential to caring for our land and natural resources in Hawai‘i.”

The DLNR is responsible for managing 1.3 million acres of state land, 3 million acres of state ocean waters, 2 million acres of conservation district lands, our drinking water supply, our fisheries, coral reefs, indigenous and endangered flora and fauna, and all of Hawai‘i’s historic and cultural sites.  DLNR’s management responsibilities are vast and complex, from the mountaintops to three miles seaward of our beautiful coasts.  The health of Hawai‘i’s environment is integral and directly related to its economy and quality of life.

For more information on DLNR and its divisions, visit http://www.hawaii.gov/dlnr.

If you are unable to attend but would like to send your comments, questions, and concerns to the DLNR, please e-mail:  DLNR2011ListeningSessions@hawaii.gov

 

Hawai’i Island Public Listening Sessions

Hilo Listening Session

Hosted by Senators Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Malama Solomon and Gilbert Kahele

Friday, November 4, 2011

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Waiakea High School Cafeteria

155 West Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720

Waimea Listening Session

Hosted by Senator Malama Solomon

Saturday, November 5, 2011

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School

67-1229 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, Hawai‘i 96743

Kona Listening Session

Hosted by DLNR

Saturday, November 5, 2011

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Konawaena High School Cafeteria

81-1043 Konawaena School Road, Kealakekua, Hawai‘i 96750

Individuals requiring special assistance or accommodations are asked to contact the office of Senator Malama Solomon at (808) 586-7335 or 974-4000 Ext. 67335 toll free from the Neighbor Islands at least four days in advance of the meeting.

Briefing on Public Land Development Corporation to be Held

Honolulu — The Senate Committee on Water, Land and Housing and House Committee on Water, Land and Ocean Resources will be holding a joint informational briefing to discuss the progress and status of the Public Land Development Corporation on Thursday, October 6, 2011. The briefing will take place at the State Capitol’s room 16 at 2 p.m.

“The briefing will provide the public and Legislature an update on the progress of the Public Land Development Corporation since we last met in August,” said Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, chair of the Senate Committee on Water, Land and Housing. “The hiring of an Executive Director, status of rules, and an annual calendar of meetings are among the topics that will be discussed.”

“Through this Corporation, we aim to maximize our resources by utilizing our public facilities. Some are dilapidated and not being used but through the public-private partnerships the areas can be improved,” said Senator Dela Cruz. “The bottom line is, we must create jobs and this is an out-of-the box opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs to partner with the State to get the economy going again,” he added.

“Through this opportunity, we hope to stimulate the economy in small communities, such as Wahiawa.”

“We must strive to make our state competitive in the global economy, which it lacks at this time. Before we can put tax increases on the table, we must look at all of our assets and determine if we have maximized revenue opportunities with our state facilities. And this program does just that,” added Senator Dela Cruz.

The Corporation will also identify public lands that are suitable for redevelopment, administer marketing analysis to determine the best revenue-generating programs for the public lands, enter into public-private agreements to appropriately redevelop the public lands and provide the leadership for the redevelopment, financing, improvement, or enhancement of the selected redevelopment opportunities.

The overall purpose of the Corporation is to generate revenues that may be used to offset the regulatory functions of DLNR. The Corporation is tasked to administer a culturally appropriate sensitive program that will make optimal use of public lands for the economic, environmental and social benefit for the people of Hawaii.

Senate Committee on Water, Land and Housing Chair Donovan Dela Cruz introduced Senate Bill 1555 during the 2011 Legislature, which subsequently became law when Governor Abercrombie put his signature on the bill in May. The measure (Act 55), established the Public Land Development Corporation which will serve as an arm of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

No public testimony will be accepted at the briefing.

For special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the informational briefing (i.e., sign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-6090 to make a request for arrangements at least 24 hours prior to the briefing. Prompt requests help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.

DLNR Well Received At Kaua‘i Listening Sessions

Kauai — On the first leg of its statewide listening sessions, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) administrative team made a historic visit to Kauai on Saturday, August 20, 2011 to conduct two Listening Sessions with local residents. The first session was held in the morning at Kilauea School cafeteria, the second was held in the afternoon at Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria.

“We would like to thank Senator Ron Kouchi for organizing these very productive sessions and we are thankful for the pleasant and respectful demeanor of those who attended the meetings,” said Chairperson Aila.

The DLNR Administration team, including Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr., First Deputy Guy H. Kaulukukui, Ph.D., and twelve other department heads and support staff from Honolulu, traveled to Kauai to conduct “listening sessions” with Kaua‘i residents to hear community comments, questions, and concerns regarding topics under the Department’s jurisdiction.

Chairperson Aila stated, “We are pleased with the turnout and quality of concerns expressed at both sessions on Kaua‘I” and that they are “looking forward to working with the Kauai community to resolve the issues brought forth at these meetings.”

“It was very useful to have the leaders of DLNR come to Kaua‘i to hear the public’s concerns and the DLNR folks stayed for hours, giving the public and DLNR enough time to interact and discuss issues and solutions in detail,” said Carl Imparato, Hanalei resident and Hanalei-to-Haena Community Association vice president.

Maui will be the next stop for DLNR as it continues its statewide listening sessions.

Briefing on Public Land Development Corporation to be Held

Honolulu — The Senate Committee on Water, Land and Housing and House Committee on Water, Land and Ocean Resources will be holding a joint informational briefing to discuss the progress and status of the Public Land Development Corporation on Tuesday, August 30, 2011. The briefing will take place at the State Capitol’s room 16 at 10 a.m.

“The briefing will provide the public with an overall perspective on the optimization plan regarding the Public Land Development Corporation, its staff and its duties,” said Senator Donovan Dela Cruz. “People will also hear the process in which potential projects are identified. Our public facilities are dilapidated and underutilized.”

“The bottom line is we have to stimulate the economy in small communities, such as Wahiawa. We must create jobs and this is an out-of-the box opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs to partner with the State to get the economy going again,” said Senator Dela Cruz.

“We must strive to make our state competitive in the global economy, which it lacks at this time. Before we can put tax increases on the table, we must look at all of our assets and determine if we have maximized revenue opportunities with our state facilities. And this program does just that,” added Senator Dela Cruz.

The Corporation will also identify public lands that are suitable for redevelopment, administer marketing analysis to determine the best revenue-generating programs for the public lands, enter into public-private agreements to appropriately redevelop the public lands and provide the leadership for the redevelopment, financing, improvement, or enhancement of the selected redevelopment opportunities.

The overall purpose of the Corporation is to generate revenues that may be used to offset the regulatory functions of DLNR. The Corporation is tasked to administer a culturally appropriate sensitive program that will make optimal use of public lands for the economic, environmental and social benefit for the people of Hawaii.

Senate Committee on Water, Land and Housing Chair Donovan Dela Cruz introduced Senate Bill 1555 during the 2011 Legislature, which subsequently became law when Governor Abercrombie put his signature on the bill in May. The measure (Act 55), established the Public Land Development Corporation which will serve as an arm of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

No public testimony will be accepted at the briefing.

For special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the informational briefing (i.e., sign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-6090 to make a request for arrangements at least 24 hours prior to the briefing. Prompt requests help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.

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