DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is now seeking nominations from interested persons willing to serve on the Pu`u Wa`awa`a Advisory Council for state lands in North Kona, Hawai`i.
Three new advisory council members to fill recently vacated seats will be chosen from interested community members who can advise DLNR on implementation actions called for in the plan.
Nominations are due by March 10, 2006 and members will be chosen by the DLNR Chairperson.
In 2003, the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved, in concept, a management plan that identified 62 unique objectives that are intended to support the complex array of resource management needs and community interests that apply to Pu`u Wa`awa`a and the makai (ocean side) lands of Pu`u Anahulu (for information see http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/puuwaawaa/draftplanv6.pdf).
These objectives are intended to provide a framework for management of this area for a 10-year period. Many projects that directly support the management plan are already in progress, and others will be initiated shortly. Input from the initial Advisory Council was critical to the successful completion of the plan as well as implementation strategies.
"DLNR needs people with a vested interest in managing this ahupua`a to come forward, serve the public and protect this resource," said Peter Young, DLNR Chairperson. "Members of this council bear an immense responsibility."
"We hope that serving in this capacity as a steward of the land will be regarded, by all applicants, as a privilege and as their legacy for future generations."
The Department has identified six major areas of expertise that would be desirable to have represented on the Ahupua`a Advisory Council. The following areas of expertise have one vacancy each. The areas of expertise with vacancies include:
-Natural Resource Management: expertise in ecosystem function and management, wild fire management, endangered species recovery;
-Business Management: expertise in business operations, planning and projections, fund raising, ecotourism;
-Public Use: expertise in outdoor recreation development/management (e.g. hunting, hiking, nature study, equestrian, mountain biking) and policy issues relating to public use.
Interested members of the public should fill out application forms that can be obtained from Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) offices in Hilo, Waimea, or Honolulu, or via the DOFAW website (www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/pubs/paacapp.pdf ).
Applications will be accepted that are postmarked, faxed, or received via e-mail by March 10, 2006. Please send applications directly to the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, West Hawai`i Branch Office, 66-1220A Lalamilo Road, Kamuela, HI 96743. You may also fax to (808) 887-6065, or e-mail: email@example.com.
For more information, contact:
Michael L. Donoho