Forestry & Wildlife

(HILO, HAWAI‘I ISLAND) – Don’t let the winter’s rains fool you into thinking Hawai‘i won’t experience devastating wildfires anytime soon. As part of the annual Wildfire & Drought LOOKOUT! campaign, forecasters warned that the islands will begin experiencing drought conditions late this summer, that could extend all the way through next winter.

(HONOLULU) – Effective June 15, 2023, the DLNR will begin issuing hunting licenses and stamps for the new hunting season (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024).

(HONOLULU) – Community members from keiki to kūpuna gather to mālama ʻāina, learn the practice of carving wood bowls, and bond together as 'Ohana. The final workshop called “Carving Out Our Future” was conducted last weekend at Kapapapuhi Point Park in ‘Ewa.

(HONOLULU) – Plans for the Kapāpala Koa Canoe Management Area on Hawai‘i are being shared for input. An online platform has been launched launched to engage stakeholders online.

(HONOLULU)  - Native species existed before humans in Hawai‘i and most are found nowhere else in the world. Many are threatened or endangered, due to predation, disease, and habitat loss. 

(WAIMEA, HAWAI‘I) – If you look at the Kamuela View Estates neighborhood just on the outskirts of Waimea, it’s hard to imagine it could be threatened by wildfire. Yet nearly three years-ago, a fast-moving fire swept down the denuded slopes on the lower flanks of the Kohala mountains. 

(HONOLULU) – In 2003, the Legislature passed Act 90 which set forth a process for the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to transfer non-ag park lands to the Department of Agriculture (DOA) for agricultural production.  It requires a cooperative working relationship between both DLNR and DOA and their respective boards. An April 28, DLNR Land Division update to the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) included compliance with Act 90, current interdepartmental negotiations, and next steps. 

(HONOLULU) – Two properties on O‘ahu, one on Kaua‘i, and one on Moloka‘i are being added to the DLNR 2023 Legacy Land Conservation Program.

(WAIKOLOA, HAWAI‘I) – At the direction of Governor Josh Green M.D., DLNR Chair Dawn Chang met today with the principals of ABayKitties, the organization that has provided cat food at a trio of feeding stations at the Queens’ Marketplace shopping center. 

(HONOLULU) – The windswept ridges of the Waiʻanae range on Oʻahu’s west side are home to some of the rarest native plant species in Hawaiʻi. Earlier this month, staff from the Plant Extinction Prevention Program (PEPP), Laukahi, and the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) visited the area as part of a collaborative project to restore Lobelia oahuensis to the wild. It’s a species endemic to the island.

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