Hawai‘i Forest Stewardship Program

Hawai‘i Forest Stewardship Program

He ali‘i ka ‘aina; he kauwa ke kanaka

The land is a chief; man is its servant


Hawai‘i’s Forest Stewardship Program (FSP), administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR-DOFAW), provides technical and financial assistance on a cost-share basis to private forest landowners to promote the stewardship, enhancement, conservation, and restoration of Hawaii’s forests.

Management Objectives

Examples of forest management objectives supported by FSP include:

  • Forest Stewardship management plan development
  • Timber and/or forest product production
  • Native forest conservation and/or restoration
  • Agroforestry (the forestry component only)
  • Fire pre-suppression
  • Watershed, riparian, and/or wetland protection and improvement
  • Forest recreation enhancement
  • Native wildlife habitat enhancement


Landowners with at least 5 contiguous acres of forested (or formerly forested) land who intend to actively manage and enhance at least 5 acres of their forest resources are eligible. Individuals, joint owners, private groups, associations, lease or license holders, or corporations are eligible.

How to Participate

Interested landowners are asked to submit a project proposal to DLNR-DOFAW for review by the Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee (FSAC). Those with accepted proposals will be invited to write and submit a full management plan that must cover a period of 10 years for review by the FSAC.

Due to limited state funding and numerous applicants, the FSAC will rank and prioritize approved management plans that are eligible to receive state funding. The FSAC will provide their recommendations on funding priorities to DLNR-DOFAW for approval. 

For more information on the program and how to participate, please refer to the Forest Stewardship Handbook. The handbook includes procedures for application, proposal and management plan content, forestry practices, cost-share rates, and more.

The implementation of the Forest Stewardship Program is governed by Hawai‘i Administrative Rules Chapter 109.

To receive the Forest Stewardship email newsletter, sign up here.

For more information, please contact:

Division of Forestry and Wildlife
(808) 587-4177
[email protected]

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.