Landowner Assistance Programs

There are many landowner assistance programs available in Hawaiʻi for landowners willing to protect their forest, wildlife & watershed resources. Below is a summary of a few key programs offered through the Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

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Forest Stewardship:  provides technical and financial assistance to owners of nonindustrial private forest land. The purpose of this program is to assist non-industrial private forest landowners to more actively manage their forest and related resources, and to increase the economic and environmental benefits of these lands. (Cost-Share is 50/50; assistance averages >$10,000/year for 10 yrs). Contact Irene Sprecher (808) 587-4167

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program:  Restores degraded agricultural lands to native forest communities. The program will improve wildlife habitat, improve water quality and quantity, reduce and control invasive species, enhance coral reef habitat, and reduce sedimentation and nutrient runoff. (Various payments, contract for 15 yrs). Contact Irene Sprecher (808) 587-4167

Forest Legacy:  Protects private forestlands from being converted to non-forest uses. This program provides willing private landowners the opportunity to sell fee simple property, or conservation easement use-rights on their land to the State of Hawaiʻi for the purpose of preserving or restoring uniquely forested areas. (Cost-Share 75/25) Contact Irene Sprecher (808) 587-4167

Kaulunani:  Focuses on improving the health and viability of trees in Hawai‘i communities through educational programs; financial support in the form of cost-share grants; technical training; Arbor Day promotions and public/private partnerships. Funding comes from the State and Private Forestry Branch of the USDA Forest Service. Contact Teresa Trueman-Madriaga (808) 672-3383 or (808) 392-5167

Legacy Land: Provides grants to local organizations and agencies seeking to purchase and protect lands having cultural, natural, agricultural, historical, and recreational, and rare valuable resources. Contact Molly Schmidt (808) 586-0921

Safe Harbor Agreements:  encourages proactive natural resource management to benefit endangered and threatened species. Provides regulatory assurances that future property-use restrictions will not be imposed if those efforts attract endangered or threatened species to their enrolled property or result in increased numbers or distributions of listed species already present. Contact DOFAW (808) 587-0166

Watershed Partnership Program:  provides state funds to voluntary alliances of public and private landowners committed to the common value of protecting large areas of forested watersheds for water recharge and other values. Funds benefit co-operative projects that protect land for watershed conservation. Contact Randy Kennedy (808) 587-0054

Natural Area Partnership Program:  provides state funds for the management of private lands that are dedicated to conservation. This program can support a full range of management activities to protect, restore or enhance significant native resources or geological features. The program can also help provide funding for the development of long-range management plans. Contact Randy Kennedy (808) 587-0054


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