Money available for forest conservation

HONOLULU — The deadline is approaching to apply for federal money for conservation of forest lands.

The Hawaii Forest Legacy Program is seeking new projects that will protect working forest lands from the threat of conversion to non-forest uses. Applications from state and county agencies, conservation nonprofit groups and private landowners are due by Aug. 10 for funding in fiscal year 2018.

According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources program, roughly 66 percent of forest land in the state of Hawaii is privately owned, and the majority of our private landowners want to preserve these forests and leave a lasting legacy.

Applications can be found at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/forestry/lap/forest-legacy/ and should be submitted to Irene Sprecher by email at Irene.M.Sprecher@hawaii.gov.

Info: Sprecher, (808) 587-4167

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The Garden Island

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