The Forestry Program at the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife is responsible for management forest resources and products. Much of this work is guided by the statewide Forest Action Plan: a document including an assessment of statewide forest conditions and trends, a report on all forest land ownership —state, private, and federal, and an evolving management plan for Hawaii’s forests. The plan identifies nine priority areas for Hawaii’s forests that include: forest health, invasive species, insects and disease; wildfire; urban and community forestry; climate change and sea level rise; conservation of native biodiversity; hunting, nature-based recreation, and tourism; forest products and carbon sequestration; and U.S. tropical island state and territorial issues. Much of the work accomplished by the DOFAW Forestry Program occurs under the major program areas below.
Hawaiʻi’s Forest Reserve System
The Forest Reserve System was created in 1903 to enhance important forested mauka lands for their abundance of public benefits and values. The links below provide an overview of the system, links to explore information on individual reserves, information on permits needed to conduct certain activities within reserves, and a collection of completed Forest Reserve management plans.
The Forestry Program manages a number of management initiatives in addition to the Forest Reserve System. The links below describe the breadth of the program, the guiding Forest Action Plan, and notable projects including DOFAW’s fire management and response efforts and Hawaiʻi’s involvement in the national Big Tree competition.
Landowner Assistance Programs
DOFAW manages a number of programs that are designed to assist residents and landowners, with the goal of better managing natural resources through collaboration. The programs below are those most closely related to forest management. You can find a full list of DOFAW’s landowner assistance programs through our top dropdown menu, or through the “More Landowner Programs” button below.