Objective: Ensure viable water yields by
protecting and enhancing the condition of Hawaii's forested
watersheds to retard rapid run-off of storm flows, prevent
and reduce soil erosion, and improve infiltration rates.
Action:Prevent and suppress forest and
range fires on key watersheds to include forest reserves,
public hunting areas, and natural area reserves. Cooperate
with established fire control agencies for the protection of
other wildlands not within departmental protection areas to
the extent needed to provide for public benefits and
- Fought 38 fires state-wide totaling over 48,000
- Maintained 57 miles of firebreak roads.
- Constructed a firebreak road in the Kuaokala forest
- Conducted control burns (850 acres) on ranch land
adjacent to the Kapapala Forest Reserve to reduce the
fire threat, Hawaii Island.
- Participated in the suppression of five major forest
fires in California.
- Conducted a state-wide series of basic and
specialized training for department and county fire
department personnel (Fire Operations in the Urban
Interface, Advanced Wildland Fire Investigation, Command
& General Staff, Dozer
Wildland Fire Workshop, Wildfire Powersaw, Basic Incident
- Participated in fire prevention education venues with
Smokey Bear including classroom visits, county fairs, the
Makawao Rodeo, Honolulu City Lights, and the Kailua
4th of July parade.
- Conducted in-house inspections of federal excess
personal property equipment (total value of $329,958
worth of fire equipment acquired)
- Provided assistance to the Kahoolawe Island Reserve
Commission in formulating a fuels reduction plan with
- Designed the DOFAW Fire Management Web Site (
Action: Control livestock trespass and
non-native animals in priority watersheds.
- Removed 16 feral cattle from the Puu Ka Pele Forest
Reeserve, Kauai. .
- Participated in the eradication of cattle in the
Koolau, West Maui, and Kula Forest Reserves on Maui.
- Conducted aerial eradication of cattle on private
land as part of the West Maui Watershed Partnership.
- Conducted aerial surveys
for cattle trespass in state forest reserves on
Action: Survey and control noxious
plants, forest insects and diseases that can damage
watershed integrity and native ecosystems.
- Monitored the spread of Septoria passiflora
fungus on Banana Poka statewide.
- Introduced the fungus, Septoria passiflora to other
areas that were infested with Banana Poka.
- Controlled noxious weeds and plants on 136 acres at
various locations on Kauai.
- Introduced the bacteria Ralstonia for the
control of Kahili ginger and monitored the efficacy and
- Surveyed and removed Clidemia plants in the
Honolulu Watershed forest reserve.
- Surveyed areas on Maui for parrots, carribean coqui
frogs, and other alien vertebrates.
- Conducted forest pest surveys in the Koolau, West
Maui, and Hana forest reserves on Maui.
- Eradicated 836 acres of Miconia calvescens
on lands in and adjacent to the Hana forest reserve.
Action: Plan for and implement the
reforestation and management of deteriorating and/or
disturbed state watersheds as may be appropriate for
watershed value enhancement.
- Replanted 1/4 acre of Norfolk Island pine tree
seedlings in Kalihi Valley and Waiahole, Oahu.
- Planted 2 acres of seedlings in the Kuaokala forest
reserve for erosion control.
Action: Promote, encourage, and advocate
for incentives to encourage the maintenance and enhancement
of key watersheds on private lands.
- Participated within the Koolau Mountains, East Maui,
and West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership
- Helped establish new watershed partnership programs
on Lanai and Molokai.
Action: Review and commented on
Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements,
Conservation District Use Application Permits and other Land
- Waahila Ridge 138kv Transmission Line by Hawaiian
Electric Company, Inc, Island of Oahu.
- Saddle Road Reconstruction and Realignment Project by
Federal Highways Administration.
- 115 Land Use request for comments to DOFAW.
- Diamond Head State Monument Master Plan, DLNR.
- Kahului Flood Control Project, Kanaha Pond,
- University of Hawaii, Mauna Kea Science Facilities,
Master Plan, Big Island, Hawaii.
- Oahu Forest National Wildlife Refuge by Castle and