Environmental groups wary of who will head new state land agency

Environmental groups were out in full force during a meeting for the new state agency tasked with developing state lands on Tuesday.

Life of the Land, the Sierra Club, KAHEA and Windward Ahupua‘a Alliance all testified at the start of the meeting for the Public Land Development Corporation, raising concerns about proposed criteria for hiring an executive director.

The corporation, created in May, has attracted a stream of criticism and distrust for its broad development powers. This was the board’s third meeting.

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