Forest Legacy Projects
Interactive map of completed projects
Current Forest Legacy Program Projects
Completed Forest Legacy Program Projects
Location: Kula, Maui
Size: 3,433 acres
Type: Fee Acquisition (completed 2020)
Summary: Acquisition will enhance high priority watersheds, protect native forest and sub-alpine ecosystems, preserve endangered wildlife habitat, and increase public recreation and other forest management opportunities. This forest will be added to the Forest Reserve System and a comprehensive management plan will be developed. To learn more, click here.
Location: Central Oʻahu
Size: 2,882 acres
Type: Fee Acquisition (completed 2018)
Summary: This acquisition secures critical watershed, protects native habitat, and expands recreational and forest management opportunities by preventing forest conversion to development or agriculture. Helemano Wilderness Area will be added to the Forest Reserve System and a comprehensive management plan will be developed. To learn more, click here.
Size: 6.271 acres
Type: Conservation Easement (completed 2008)
Size: 1,800 acres
Type: Conservation Easement (completed 2003)
Summary: The Papa/Honomalino and Kapua conservation easements are part of the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s Kona Hema Preserve, a diverse mosaic of mid-elevation koa- ʻōhiʻa forest stands. These forests are habitat for endemic forest birds and are key link in the long-term protection of the forests in South Kona. To learn more, click here.
Location: South Kona, Hawaiʻi Island
Size: 1,800 acres
Type: Conservation Easement (completed 2007)
Summary: McCandless Ranch, now part of U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Hakalau Refuge Kona Unit, is on the southwest slope of Mauna Loa. The property contains some of Hawaii’s most intact remaining native forest and provides habitat for numerous endangered species. To learn more, click here.
Location: Puna, Hawaiʻi Island
Size: 25,856 acres
Type: Fee acquisition (completed 2006)
Summary: Wao Kele O Puna, now owned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), contains one of the largest intact lowland native forests that serves as a critical seed bank for forest regeneration of the barren lava flows. For OHA, the property provides an opportunity to contribute to the protection of Hawaiʻi’s natural and cultural resources. To learn more, click here.