05/29/13 – Public Invited To Participate In Online Survey On Hawaiian Sandalwood Trees

Posted on May 29, 2013 in News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

 

NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR
WILLIAM J. AILA JR,
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate Release May 29, 2013

PUBLIC INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN ONLINE SURVEY
ON HAWAIIAN SANDALWOOD TREES

HONOLULU– The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is seeking public input regarding the status of, and recommendations on management priorities for the Hawaiian sandalwood species, ‘iliahi.

In order to capture this information, DOFAW has created an anonymous online survey focused on sandalwood and invites the public to participate. Comments are requested by June 10, 2013. It is important to collect the opinions of a wide range of stakeholders in this survey in order to ensure that the public is being accurately represented on this issue.

“Historically, ‘iliahi was used by native Hawaiians for medicinal purposes, to scent tapa cloth, lei-making, as well as other important cultural resources,” said William J. Aila, Jr. DLNR chairperson. “Today, ‘iliahi is highly valuable and demonstrates potential as a commercial forest resource as well as continuing to serve an important cultural and ecological role in Hawai‘i,” Aila said.

“However, there is currently limited information about the general health and status of ‘iliahi in Hawai‘i. As a first step in understanding this important resource, DOFAW would like to gather as much information about ‘iliahi as possible in order to understand what the public and stakeholders want for this resource,” he added.

The survey may be especially relevant for landowners and interest groups who are either growing sandalwood actively or are aware of sandalwood on their property, cultural practitioners that have an interest in this forest resource, and users of the timber.

Participants are not required to share any private information during the course of the survey and information will remain anonymous. The results of this survey will be used to inform DOFAW staff on what future actions, if any, should be taken to assess the current status of sandalwood and how to best manage this important resource. The results will also be presented at the Hawaii Conservation Conference (July 16-18 2013) in a poster format. The survey will close on June 10, 2013.

The survey may be found at the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M977YNM.

Interested persons with questions regarding the survey, may contact:

Hannah Bergemann
DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife,
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325,
Honolulu, HI 96813.
Or email Hannah.A.Bergemann@hawaii.gov

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For more information media may contact:

Deborah Ward
DLNR Public information office
Phone:  (808) 587-0320