Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program

Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program

Protecting private forest lands from conversions to non-forest uses.

The deadline for applications for federal fiscal funding 2023 was August 6, 2021.
Hawaii Forest Legacy Application Template (click here)

Program Overview

The Forest Legacy Program is a Federal grant program that aids State’s in identifying important private forest lands that are threatened by development or fragmentation. Through the program, interested landowners are provided with alternatives to selling their land for development in order to cover costs associated with increased taxes, management of the land, among others by selling the land or a conservation easement on the property to a government organization. For more about the National Forest Legacy Program please visit the USDA Forest Service website.

E malama i ka ululaʻau – Care for the forest

Program Goals

Hawaiʻi Forest Legacy Program targets forest lands as identified in the Hawaii Forest Legacy Program Assessment of Needs (AON) and contribute to overall program goals, including:


  1. Protect Hawaiʻi’s unique and fragile environmental resources
  2. Encourage the protection of rare and/or endangered species
  3. Promote the preservation of aesthetic beauty in Hawai‘i
  4. Preserve watershed health and protect the sustainable yield of fresh water
  5. Protect working forests as economic assets for the state and counties of Hawai‘i
  6. Protect traditional and cultural forest practices and resources
  7. Protect recreational forest practices


Interested parties are asked to contact the Program Manager several months prior to the deadline. State agencies will work with applicants to compile and submit acquisition proposals for competitive review and ranking. If a project is accepted, it will be reviewed and ranked against other proposals at the regional then national level. The entire process generally takes over a year before funding determination is known, after which the acquisition process may take equally as long.

Our Current Projects

Current projects and descriptions can be found here.


Please contact the Program Manager, Tanya Rubenstein, for examples of applications at (808) 587-0027 or via email.