HONOLULU – Following assessments in the wake of Tropical Storm Iselle, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has reopened the remainder of its state-managed forest lands and state parks on all islands – with a few exceptions pending removal and clearing of downed trees.
Still closed until further notice are: the Kula Forest Reserve (and Polipoli State Park) and all trails within the forest reserve on Maui. Damage assessment is taking place, and removal and clearing of downed trees from interior roads is expected to take several weeks.
Also remaining closed until further notice on the Big Island are Lava Tree State Recreation Area, MacKenzie State Park and the left side (shorter trail) of Akaka Falls loop trail, which requires repairs to railings. However, the right loop portion of the Akaka Falls State Park is open.
“We thank the public for their cooperation with area closures for safety during the storm,” said Lisa Hadway, Division of Forestry and Wildlife administrator. “Fortunately most of our reserves, natural areas, sanctuaries are in pretty good shape.”
Camping permits are once again being issued for state park and forest camping areas. Refunds will be issued to persons who paid for permits but were not able to use them due to weather-related closures.
“The department still cautions forest reserve users that some roads, trails and areas may be obstructed due to fallen trees and debris, and that delays may be expected in areas where crews continue to work to clear trees and debris from forest roads,” Hadway added. “Our Big Island staff continue to support Hawaii County efforts to assist the Puna community with downed tree removals and clearings.”
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) with assistance from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is awarding six local non-profit, community groups grant funds to help address Japan Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) and keep Hawaii’s shorelines clean. The focus is on potential debris originating from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011.
“The six grants totaling $100,000 complement ongoing efforts by community groups that are already working to address marine debris, including debris originating from the Japan tsunami,” said Gary Gill, deputy director of the DOH Environmental Health Administration. “For years Hawaii has depended on volunteers to keep marine debris off our beaches. Today, we are providing a little support for the very big job they do.”
The selected projects will help to reduce the impacts of marine debris from alien species, marine life entanglement, economic costs, and human health and safety. The awardees are:
Surfrider Kauai, $25,000 (for Kauai County);
Hawaii Wildlife Fund, $20,000 (for Maui County);
Recycle Hawaii, $20,000 (for Hawaii County);
Surfrider Oahu, $13,000 (for Honolulu County);
Kupu, $11,000 (for Honolulu County); and
Sustainable Coastlines, $11,000 (for Honolulu County).
The grant funds, which will be administered by the DOH, were provided by a $50,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program and another $50,000 of matching funds contributed by DLNR. Selected proposals will reduce marine debris through beach cleanup and education activities that support ongoing habitat conservation in Hawaii coastal areas. Awardees and projects are located within the Kauai, Maui, Hawaii and Honolulu Counties with a focus on areas that typically receive the most marine debris. A map of these areas is available at www.hawaii.gov/health/epo. Project selection was based in part on confirmed JTMD items and areas known to accumulate the most marine debris.
To date, there have been eight confirmed JTMD items in Hawaii and more than 1,700 reports of potential JTMD in the United States and Canada. The public is urged to report findings of potential JTMD to DLNR at (808) 587-0400 or email@example.com, and to NOAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For guidance on “what to do if you see debris in Hawaii’s ocean or beaches” go to: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/JTMD-Guideline3.pdf
For the latest information on JTMD, please visit the DLNR Marine debris website at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/marine-debris/ or the NOAA Marine Debris Program website at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/.
A group of some 100 volunteers on Maui joined more than 170,000 volunteers around the country supporting public lands on September 29, National Public Lands Day.
On that Saturday, the Maui Community came together to Mālama Mokuʻula and Loko o Mokuhinia historic site. The Friends of Mokuʻula locally sponsored the event coinciding with the National Public Lands Day of service. “The project, aimed to inspire community service from students, residents, and businesses, was a resounding success,” said Jenny Worthy of the Friends of Moku’ula.
It was a two-in-one project with one effort being removing invasive species and planting natives on-site. The volunteers then installed irrigation, removed old playground equipment, and mended fences.
The service was a great help in beautifying the area and preserving the history of the sacred site.
A special thank you to those in our community that supported this important project: The Boeing Corporation, Red Tail Acquisitions, County of Maui’s Department of Parks and Recreation, County Solid Waste Division, Lahainaluna High School, Goodfellow Brothers, Aloha Waste, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Maui Community Work Day, EKO Compost, Lowes, Wal-Mart, Office Max, Spanky’s Riptide and Lisa Schattenberg-Raymond.
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