NARS Commission

NARS Commission

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The Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission members act in an advisory capacity for the Board of Land and Natural Resources, which sets policies for the Department. Meeting documents relating to the commission, including agendas and minutes, are below.

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An ʻakoko flower in Kuʻia NAR

About the NARS Commission

Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §195-6  contains rules that govern the membership, procedures, and administrative details of the commission. Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §195-7 outlines the  powers and duties of the commission, including:

(1)  Establish criteria to be used in determining whether an area is suitable for inclusion with the reserves system;

(2)  Conduct studies of areas for possible inclusion within the reserves system;

(3)  Recommend to the governor and the department areas suitable for inclusion within the reserves system;

(4)  Establish policies and criteria regarding the management, protection, and permitted uses of areas which are part of the reserves system;

(5)  Advise the governor and the department on any matter relating to the preservation of Hawai‘i’s unique natural resources;

(6)  Develop ways and means of extending and strengthening presently established preserves, sanctuaries, and refuges within the State;

(7)  Advise the department and other public agencies managing state-owned land or natural resources regarding areas under their respective jurisdictions which are or may be appropriate for designation as natural area reserves; and

(8)  In carrying out the above duties, consult the most comprehensive up-to-date compilation of scientific data on the communities of natural flora and fauna of Hawai‘i. [L 1970, c 139, pt of §1; am L 1987, c 350, §5] 

Current Commissioners

For details of current commissioners, please contact Leah Laramee at (808) 587-0051 or via email.

Name Specialization
Mr. Glenn Bauer Geology
Ms. Michelle Clark Ecology
Dr. Pat Hart Designee for President, University of Hawai‘i
Ms. Hi‘ilei Kawelo Cultural Practitioner 
Ms. Janis Matsunaga Designee for Department of Agriculture Chair
Mr. Jay Penniman Biology
Dr. Donald Drake Botany
Dr. Scott Rowland Hiker
Dr. Norine Yeung Zoology
Ms. Mary-Alice Evans  Director, Office of Planning, Ex officio
Mr. Jeffery Saito Hunting
Ms. Allison Cohan Natural Resource Management 

NARS Commission Meeting Documents

Documents from previous NARS Commission meetings are available below. Agendas and minutes for NARS Commission meetings are also posted on the State of Hawaiʻi eCalendar.

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NARSC-Meeting Agenda-oct15-2020

Item 2. NARS Commission Minutes 8.22.19

              NARSC audio 8.22.19 Pt 1

              NARSC audio 8.22.19 Pt. 2

Item 3. Waiea Natural Area Reserve Submittal 

NARS_meeting_Minutes.10.15.20

NARS Meeting Recording 10.15.20

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NARSC 8.22.19 Minutes

NARSC audio 8.22.19 Pt 1

NARSC audio 8.22.19 Pt. 2

Agenda NARSC Meeting 8.22.19

Item 2. NARS-Commission-10.16.18-Meeting-Minutes-DRAFT

Item 3. NAPP Renewal

Item 4. CRVS NARS Commission submittal

Item 4. CRVS Attachment

Item 5a. Nanualele Natural Area Reserve

Item 5b. Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve Extension

Item 6. Access Restriction Lihau, West Maui Natural Area Reserve

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Agenda 

Meeting Minutes

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NARS Commission 10.16.18 Meeting Minutes DRAFT Subject to Approval

Board packet of all agenda items compiled (contains all the  documents listed below in one file)

Agenda October 2018 NATURAL AREA RESERVES SYSTEM COMMISSION MEETING

NARS NAPP NARF Rpt FY18 (Sec 195-6.6)

FY18 NARS C 2.12.18 Meeting Minutes DRAFT_ (1)

Item 3. Kahaualea NAR

Item 4. Ahihi Kinau NAR

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NARSC Meeting Agenda

NARSC Meeting Materials

NARSC Meeting Minutes 2/12/2018 (Subject to Approval)

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NARSC Meeting Agenda July 31 2017

NARSC Approved Meeting Minutes July 31, 2017

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Meeting Materials


March 31, 2017 NARS Commission Meeting Minutes (Draft)

April 6, 2016 NARS Commission Meeting Minutes (Final)

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Meeting Materials 


Ahihi Kinau NAR Closure Submittal

April 27, 2015 Minutes of the NARS Commission

December 14, 2015 Minutes of the NARS Commission

Rules Revision Submittal

Alala Permit Submittal

Kanepuu NAPP Long Range Management Plan

Kanepuu NAPP Deliverables Spreadsheet

Draft minutes subject to approval

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Meeting Materials


April 27 2015 NARS Commission Meeting Minutes

July 30 2015 NARS Commission Meeting Minutes

Special Use Permit – Seed Storage

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June 17, 2013 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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November 29-30, 2012 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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June 4, 2012 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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November 18, 2011 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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June 19-20, 2011 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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March 5-7, 2011 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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September 20, 2010 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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May 5, 2010 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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January 20, 2010 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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August 25, 2009 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials for the NARS Commission meeting
Meeting Materials for the Subcommittee on Enhancement Meeting
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May 26, 2009 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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May 4, 2009 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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April 6, 2009 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Includes minutes from previous meetings and other submittals including permit applications

Meeting Materials
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October 7, 2008 meeting of the Enhancement Subcommitte of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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September 15, 2008 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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June 30, 2008 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Meeting Materials
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June 4, 2008 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

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Also includes agenda for the subsequent meeting of the Enhancement Subcommittee

Meeting Materials
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April 21, 2008 meeting of the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS) Commission

Meeting Materials
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Miscellaneous Documents

Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission “The High Road” (October 2008)
The newsletter of the Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission

Request to recognize the importance of protecting thirteen dominant native forest species
Letter from NARSC to Board of Agriculture