HONOLULU – The holiday season marks the beginning of the annual Hawaii Big Tree Competition. Sponsored by the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife and American Forests, the program focuses attention on the largest trees in each species, as a way to raise awareness about the importance of healthy trees and forests. In 2014, a coconut palm in Hawaii Kai, Coco, was crowned the national Big Tree winner and the National Ultimate Big Tree after several weeks of online voting.

HONOLULU -- On October 30, 2014, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) team divers placed another 6,000 hatchery raised sea urchins on selected reefs in Kaneohe Bay. This is another milestone in the battle against invasive seaweeds threatening to smother coral patch reefs in Kaneohe Bay.

LAHAINA, MAUI – The Department of Land and Natural Resources will host a community meeting to present interim measures for the management of lands from Honolua Bay to Punalau, including Lipoa Point, identified as Tax Map Key No. (2) 4-1-001:010.

KAHULUI – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will host a workshop in Lahaina on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to share results of the Draft Watershed Characterization Study for the West Maui watersheds of Kahana, Honokahua, and Honolua. The workshop will be held at the Kaunoa Senior Center, Lahaina, 788 Pauoa Street.

HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife seeks applications for three 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”).

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCESNews Release NEIL ABERCROMBIEGOVERNOR WILLIAM J. AILA JR,CHAIRPERSON For Immediate News Release October 29, 2014  INSTREAM MEASUREMENTS CONTINUE ON MAUI Na Wai Eha Stream Monitoring Update  HONOLULU – The Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management (“Commission”) is overseeing implementation of the Na Wai ‘Ehâ Interim Instream Flow Standards (“Instream Flow”) ...
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KAHULUI -- New state fishing rules regulating the take and possession of uhu (parrotfish) and goatfish on Maui island take effect on November 1, 2014, following signature into law by Governor Neil Abercrombie.

HONOLULU - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will hold a series of public informational meetings about the ongoing Kôkeʻe Area Restoration and Reforestation project.

HONOLULU - The state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) today unanimously approved Hawaii's first ever Community Based Fisheries Subsistence Area (CBFSA) rule package for Haena on the island of Kauai. BLNR Chairperson William Alia said, "This is an historic action, following years of work by the Haena community in collaboration with Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) staff. This rules package gives the Haena hui an opportunity to protect its fisheries, based on traditional and customary practices. Native Hawaiians knew how to practice sustainability in order to feed their ohanas. This is strong recognition by government that we cannot do it alone and community-based management and buy-in is critical to sustaining Hawaii's precious natural resources for now and future generations."

HONOLULU – The wide-spread coral bleaching event being experienced on Oahu, Kauai and Maui has attracted the attention of two separate teams interested in documenting and further studying its causes.