DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Experts Unveil Initiatives
HONOLULU -- Peter Young, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Chairperson, will join with University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) coastal experts tomorrow to unveil recent initiatives aimed at more effective management of Hawai‘i’s coastal areas.
DLNR and UH Sea Grant will hold a press conference from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, at the DLNR offices, Kalanimoku State building, 1151 Punchbowl, room 132. News media may be most interested in discussion of coastal hazard mitigation and state projects, in light of recent flooding events in our state. The press conference will be followed by a briefing of the Board of Land and Natural Resources.
Topics that will be discussed include: shoreline certifications; Kuhio Beach sand nourishment project, coastal hazard mitigation efforts and development of new erosion control alternatives, and other traditional erosion control methods.
"As an island state, Hawai‘i is particularly vulnerable to natural hazards such as hurricanes, tsunamis, storm surge and shoreline erosion. Our coastal areas are clearly the most vulnerable, and yet are the most intensively developed areas throughout the state," said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
"To mitigate the risk of coastal hazards as well as improve stewardship of coastal and marine resources, DLNR and UH Sea Grant formed a unique partnership to more effectively address critical issues facing Hawai‘i’s coasts. We are excited to make this presentation to discuss the most current, and forward-looking initiatives," Young said.
Dolan Eversole and Chris Conger, both UH Sea Grant Extension Agents and coastal geologists, are positioned within DLNR in an advisory capacity to integrate best available science in coastal land use decision making and provide technical expertise on a broad range of coastal land use and hazard mitigation issues.
“We are excited to partner with Peter Young and the DLNR staff in this innovative collaboration to protect Hawai‘i’s coasts,” noted Gordon Grau, UH Sea Grant Director.
“DLNR and UH Sea Grant share a common goal of combining scientific research and community outreach to effectively manage the marine and coastal environment, and partnerships such as this perpetuate the enhanced stewardship of Hawai‘i’s precious natural resources," he said.
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