03/20/13 – DLNR Holds Statewide Public Hearings On Proposed Rule Amendments Relating To Wildlife

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 in News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

 

NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR
WILLIAM J. AILA JR,
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate Release March 20, 2013

 

DLNR HOLDS STATEWIDE PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PROPOSED RULE AMENDMENTS RELATING TO WILDLIFE

HONOLULU – Between March 27 and April 5, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold statewide public hearings to receive testimony on proposed amendments to Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 13, Subtitle 5, Part 2, Chapter 124, “Indigenous Wildlife, Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, and Introduced Wild Birds.”

The primary purpose of the proposed amendments is to prohibit and deter the transport and release of introduced wildlife. Introduced species can impact Hawaii’s ecosystems and economy by introducing harmful predation and competition to indigenous species, damaging watersheds, spreading pathogens and diseases, and harming agriculture.

“The movement of live, introduced wildlife poses direct threats to our native ecosystems, and the proposed amendments will help prevent harm to our natural resources and economy,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

The purpose of the public hearings is to collect public testimony on the proposed amendments, such as suggestions for clarifications, improvements or modifications. DLNR encourages the public to provide testimony by either attending hearings or submitting written testimony. The public hearings are scheduled as follows:

Date:                Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time:               6 p.m.
Place:               Island of Hawaii (Hilo)
Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Conference Room,
19 East Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720

Date:                Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time:               6 p.m.
Place:               Island of Hawaii (Kona)
West Hawaii Civic Center, Community Meeting Hale, Building G,
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Building B, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Date:                Monday, April 1, 2013
Time:               6 p.m.
Place:               Maui
Lihikai Elementary School Cafeteria,
335 S. Papa Ave., Kahului, Maui, HI 96732

Date:                Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Time:               5 p.m.
Place:               Lanai
Lanai High and Elementary School Cafeteria,
555 Fraser Ave., Lanai City, HI 96763

Date:                Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Time:               5 p.m.
Place:               Molokai
Mitchell Pauole Community Center Hall,
90 Ainoa St., Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748

Date:                Thursday, April 4, 2013
Time:               6 p.m.
Place:               Oahu
Kalanimoku Building, Room 132,
1151 Punchbowl St., Honolulu, HI, 96813

Date:                Friday, April 5, 2013
Time:               6 p.m.
Place:               Kauai
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria,
4431 Nuhou St., Lihue, HI  96766

The public may submit written testimony within 15 days following the close of the last public hearing by mailing written testimony to: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 325, Honolulu, HI 96813, attention Lauren Goodmiller.

The public can review the proposed amendments at:

http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/about-dlnr/rules/

http://ltgov.hawaii.gov/the-office/administrative-rules/

 

For more information, the public may contact Lauren Goodmiller at (808)587-0028 or Lauren.E.Goodmiller@hawaii.gov

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For more information, news media may contact:

Deborah Ward
DLNR Public Information Specialist
Phone: (808) 587-0320