Forestry & Wildlife

The popular 2.5 mile Waihe‘e ridge trail that climbs the windward slope of the west Maui mountains is again closed through April 7 to allow completion of improvements for increased public safety through surface improvements, drainage upgrades, and vegetative management.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR-DOFAW) is seeking public comment from hunters on its annual statewide hunting survey. The purpose of this annual survey is to assist in improving DLNR’s game management in state public hunting areas. DOFAW manages over one million acres of state land for wildlife-dependent recreation and conservation. Its Hawaii game management program provides opportunities for recreational and subsistence hunting of 16 species of game birds and 6 species of game mammals.

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES Joint News Release DAVID Y. IGE GOVERNOR SUZANNE D. CASE CHAIRPERSON For Immediate News Release March 21, 2017 (click on image to visit new site)  KAUA‘I FOREST BIRD RECOVERY PROJECT SHIFTS FOCUS TO MAXIMIZE RECOVERY Final Trio of Captive-Bred Puaiohi Released  (Lihue, Kaua‘i) – Dozens of times, over the ...
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources is pleased to announce the opening of archery, muzzleloader, and regular rifle hunting seasons for feral goats on the island of Kauai. Pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123 “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting,” the following rules and conditions will be in effect for the hunt.

DLNR is issuing this statement in the Kaʿena Point albatross killings, expressing concern over the plea bargain of Christian Guiterrez, 19, the adult accused of participating in these crimes.

A new quarterly newsletter for hunters has been launched this month by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). "Go Hunt Hawai‘i," is designed to help improve communication between the hunting community, other interested parties and resource managers

A new study provides the first rigorous population estimate of an enigmatic endangered bird species found only on Kauai, the Puaiohi or Small Kauai Thrush: 494 birds. Scientists have long believed that the species was very rare, but it had heretofore eluded a precise count due to its secretive demeanor and the rugged, inaccessible terrain it inhabits deep in Kauai’s Alakai Plateau.

Governor David Ige proclaimed the 5th annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week (HISAW) at a ceremony Friday that included agency leaders, legislators, industry champions, and citizens who help project Hawaii from the impacts of invasive species. The Governor presented the proclamation to members of the Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC), the interagency board responsible for policy direction and cross-sector coordination on invasive species issues. Addressing invasive species is a critical component of this administration's vision for Hawaii's future, as described in the recent Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan and the Sustainable Hawaii Initiative.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife would like to thank all wildlife artists that submitted amazing art entries for the 2017-18 Hawaii Wildlife Conservation and Game Bird Stamp Art Contest. A committee reviewed all submissions and two winners were chosen last month.

Botanists surveying a remote area on Maui found something they didn’t expect – a species of fern previously unknown to science. Named after the mountain on which it is found, Athyrium haleakalae was recently announced and described in a paper by Kenneth Wood and Warren Wagner of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) and the Smithsonian Institution, respectively

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