Forestry Program Information

Forestry Program Information

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:

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In addition to the program areas above, the DOFAW Forestry Program manages the following additional initiatives:

Joint Forestry: The purpose of joint forestry efforts is to strengthen the cooperation between partners at a national level for coordinated interagency delivery of forestry-related conservation assistance to privately managed lands.

STEW-MAP: The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) is a project to help us better understand and visualize how communities care for or mālama the many special places in Hawaiʿi. On Oʿahu, we are starting with Kona and Koʻolaupoko Districts. STEW-MAP is designed to help map stewardship activities and networks with the goal of strengthening community capacity for stewardship. It addresses the questions: Who takes care of this region? Where are there gaps and concentrations of care?

Big Tree Program: Run by American Forests, the National Big Tree competition seeks to find the biggest tree of its species in the United States to promote and preserve our tree species. In Hawai‘i, our goal is to educate the public about our native and culturally valuable tree species. The State of Hawai‘i currently has twenty-one eligible species to be crowned a National Big Tree Champion. Do you know of a potential Big Tree Champion? Contact us! 


Forest Nurseries: The State Nurseries provide high quality native and endangered plants, and windbreak trees for both the public and state sponsored out-plantings and reforestation projects.


Hawai‘i Wood Utilization Team: The Team consists of experts from various wood-related industries with the common goal of stimulating innovation and expansion of wood product markets in Hawaii, with a focus on wood-based building materials. The Hawaiʻi Wood Innovations Steering Committee issued a Wood Utilization Survey. The purpose of the survey is to provide a knowledge base on the most pertinent market opportunities and obstacles in Hawai‘i’s wood products market, as well as priorities for the Hawai‘i Wood Innovations Steering Committee’s work.

The survey summarizes data collected in interviews with major market participants and concludes with a set of recommendations to use market opportunities and to remove market obstacles.

Timber Inventory Publications and Best Management Practices: Timber surveys and reports, and Best Management Practices for forest management and water quality.