Hawaii Forest Action Plan

Hawaii Forest Action Plan

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is the lead agency in the development of the Hawaiʻi Forest Action Plan.

The original assessment and strategy was produced in 2010 and was called the Hawaiʻi Statewide Assessment of Forest Conditions and Trends. Since then, the name of these plans has been changed to better reflect the intent of the document to describe current conditions and identify future management needs, and they are now called Forest Action Plans.

The current update covers all forest land ownerships —state, private, and federal — and views forests as a whole rather than by programs. It will enable DOFAW to continue to seek funding for landscape-scale management and to integrate the many programs the division administers through one planning document.

David Smith, State Forester and administrator for DOFAW, said, “This plan helps us to keep current on recent advances in forest conservation and watershed management, identify new threats that have emerged since 2010, and incorporate recent progress made with development of the forest products industry and planning on climate change.:

“We hope this information will be used to influence our communities, our state and national governments, and other leaders to invest in Hawai‘i’s forests for the future,” Smith said.  

The plan identifies nine priority areas for Hawai‘i’s forests that include:  water quality and quantity; 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 US tropical island state and territorial issues.

Hawaiʻi Forest Action Plan 2016

Technical Appendices A-H


2010 Hawai‘i Statewide Assessment of Forest Conditions and Resource Strategy