Saturday, February 27, 2021
Pair of Aquarium Fishers Fined Record $272,000 for Illegal Harvest in Kona
The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted unanimously on Friday to fine two Hawai‘i island aquarium fishers $272,000 in civil fines for multiple violations of Hawai‘i Administrative Rules related to an illegal aquarium fishing incident in Kona in 2020.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Hawai‘i Big Tree Competition Accepting Nominations for Spring 2021 Season
Nominations for the annual Hawai‘i Big Tree competition are now being accepted through May 31, 2021. The competition aims to find the largest trees of native species and raise awareness about the importance of healthy trees and forests.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Native Plant Project Prevents 20 Tons of Sediment From Reaching Coral Reefs in West Maui
More than 20 tons of sediment has been captured in the mountains above Lahaina in West Maui as a result of a collaborative restoration project led by the Coral Reef Alliance.
Monday, February 08, 2021
300 Acres of South O‘ahu Rainforest Donated for Conservation
Hawaiʻi DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife will manage a 300-acre parcel of the Pia Valley on O‘ahu after its landowner, Patricia Godrey donated a section of the rainforest for conservation.
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
Post-Mortem Exams Reveal Two Hawaiian Monk Seals Likely Drowned in Lay Nets
Post-mortem exams have led NOAA to conclude that drowning while becoming entangled in lay gill nets was the likely cause of death of two Hawaiian monk seals found dead on Kaua‘i last year.
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
State’s First Wetlands Restoration Project on Kauaʻi Helps Mitigate Climate Change Impacts
Hawaiʻi’s Department of Land and Natural Resources is expanding the Kawai‘ele Waterbird Sanctuary by 100 acres on Kauaʻi to provide additional habitat for native Hawaiian birds and help mitigate climate change impacts.
Friday, January 29, 2021
Endangered Yellow-Faced Bee Population Threatened by Invasive Ants
Invasive ants are posing a threat to the endangered Hawaiian yellow-face bee population, according to new findings from the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pacific Islands Coastal Program.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Kupu Now Accepting Applications for Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program
The HYCC summer program is a seven-week opportunity that runs from June 7 – July 23, 2021, providing young adults typically between the ages of 17-22 with meaningful field service experience into the world of conservation while giving back to the community.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
UH Responds to DLNR Independent Review of Maunakea Land Management
The University of Hawaiʻi received the Hawaiʻi State Department of Land of Natural Resources’ independent review of the implementation of the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan. The university acknowledged that the issues surrounding Maunakea are contentious and challenging and that the review will help support and inform its ongoing efforts.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
DLNR Responds to Illegal Christmas Tree Bonfires at Ahu O Laka
The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources received reports of illegal burning of Christmas trees at Ahu O Laka (Kāne’ohe Bay sandbar) on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2020. Photos that circulated on social media sites showed groups of people standing should-to-shoulder maskless while trees burned in the background.
Friday, December 25, 2020
Hawaiʻi Climate Commission Endorses Tools For Sea Level Rise Planning
The Hawai’i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission endorsed tools to operationalize climate action. The tools are two guidance documents that supplement the recommendations of the state’s 2017 Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report.
Sunday, December 06, 2020
Hawaiʻi Wildlife Conservation Stamp Contest Opens For Entries
DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife opened its annual wildlife conservation stamp contest depicting game mammals and birds for the 2021-22 hunting stamp. The stamp is a requirement on Hawai’i state hunting licenses. The game bird stamp is required for anyone intending to hunt game birds.
Monday, November 30, 2020
Hawai‘i Court Rules Commercial Aquarium Collection Without Environmental Review is Illegal
Court closes loophole that environmental groups say allowed industry to illegally extract over half a million marine animals from Hawai‘i reefs since 2017.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Moloka’i Forests To Be Protected From Wildfires and Erosion
Forests on the southern slopes of Moloka‘i are about to receive additional protection from threats like wildfires, erosion and flooding thanks to a new award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The foundation has awarded over $1.8 million to the DLNR to address threats using proven tools such as fencing and removing hooved animals, as well as creating firebreaks.
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Hawaiʻi to Celebrate 115th Year of Arbor Day by Distributing Thousands of Trees on Nov. 7
The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program and its partners will celebrate the state’s annual tradition of planting and giving away trees in their 115th year of celebrating Arbor Day in Hawaiʻi.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Hawaiʻi Awarded $1.5 Million in Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants
Hawaiʻi will receive more than $1.5 million in funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to support the City and County of Honolulu and the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources with improvements to parks on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi and Maui.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Kauaʻi Rapid Response Team Identifies New Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death
The Kauaʻi Rapid Response Team’s recent helicopter surveys detected the presence of virulent fungal pathogens that cause the rapid killing of ‘ōhi‘a trees in two new areas on Kaua’i. The recent Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death discoveries were along the upper Hanalei valley and along the north side of Powerline Trail.
Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Luxury Yacht Owner to Pay $100,000 for Coral Damage
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday to impose a $100,000 fine on the owners of a luxury yacht that damaged hundreds of coral colonies when its anchor swung through the coral bed during an incident in October of 2018 at Kailua Bay on Hawai’i island.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Single Cat Results in the Death of Nine Endangered Native Seabird Chicks on Kaua‘i
A single, free-roaming cat killed at least nine endangered native Hawaiian seabird chicks over the course of three days on Kaua‘i. The native Hawaiian seabirds on Kaua‘i have no natural defenses against feral cats which have resulted in repeated fatalities to the endangered species.
Monday, June 29, 2020
State Continues Exploring Options for Removal of Unexploded Ordnance at Molokini
The state continues to explore options for the safe removal of unexploded ordnance at Molokini Crater in Maui County. In no way do we, as the agency responsible for the protection of Hawai‘i‘s natural resources, want to agree to anything that might create unmitigated damage,” said Case. “Conversely, we must be mindful of the potential hazard to human health and safety this UXO can pose,” she said.
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