03/02/15 – Legacy Land Conservation Commission Seeks New Members

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 in Forestry & Wildlife, News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
CARTY CHANG
INTERIM CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release March 2, 2015    

LEGACY LAND CONSERVATION COMMISSION
SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife seeks applications for two vacancies on the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, a nine-member Commission appointed by the Governor to advise the Department on grants from the Legacy Land Conservation Program (“Legacy Land”).   

The Legacy Land program provides state grant funding to state agencies, counties, and nonprofit land conservation organizations to acquire and protect lands having value as watersheds; coastal areas, beaches, and ocean access; habitat; cultural and historic sites; recreational and public hunting areas; parks; natural areas; agricultural production; and open spaces and scenic resources. 

Since 2006 the Legacy Land Conservation Commission has awarded funds for the protection of more than 20,000 acres of conservation lands on five islands. Projects may include acquisition of fee title or conservation easements.  Legacy Land grants allow agencies and nonprofit organizations to protect Hawaii’s valuable lands and resources when the opportunity to purchase them becomes available.   

The Legacy Land program also allows applicants to take advantage of other funding programs that require a local match.  On average, Legacy Land applicants leverage each Legacy Land dollar with approximately two dollars in federal, private, or county matching funds.   

The Commission consists of nine members, with at least one member from each of the counties, and it meets about six times per year.   The positions are unpaid, except for reimbursement of travel expenses.  The primary duty of the Commission is reviewing project proposals and making recommendations to the Board of Land and Natural Resources regarding grant awards.   

There are currently vacancies for:   

  1. a member of a statewide agricultural association.
  2. a member who is knowledgeable about native Hawaiian Culture

At least one of the two new members must be from Hawaii Island.  

Applications may be submitted online to the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions at http://boards.hawaii.gov/.   

Interested applicants may find more information regarding the Legacy Land Conservation Program at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/llcp/ and can contact the Program Coordinator with questions at 586-0921.   

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