Meeting targets natural resources

LIHIE — The East and West Kauai Soil and Water Conservation Districts are holding an important Local Work Group meeting for Kauai agricultural producers representing crops and livestock, private forest land owners, and other professionals representing agricultural and conservation interests.

The meeting will be held at the Office of Continuing Education building at Kauai Community College on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Pupus and door prizes will be available.

It is the charge of the Local Work Group to evaluate the current conditions of Kauai’s natural resources and dominant land uses, identify natural resource concerns and goals, examine new conservation opportunities, and prioritize areas where conservation efforts are most needed.

This meeting is open to the public so they can share their ideas on resource concerns in the community and help prioritize USDA-NRCS federal assistance funds. Natural resources include soil, water, air, plants, and animals.

Resource maps will be available in advance and at the time of the meeting. Please request maps in advance by Friday.

Come prepared to discuss priority issues (eg. resource concerns, underserved producers, beginning farmers, land uses, etc.) with other dedicated community members.

The SWCD have been serving the community at large on Kauai since 1953 with ongoing projects and educational outreach to all ages and backgrounds across the island.

The NRCS and SWCD partner together to connect farmers and producers to educational, technical and financial resources to better protect our natural resources like water, soil and wildlife. The NRCS is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers.

Please RSVP by Friday with your intent to attend.

For more information: 4334 Rice Street, Suite 207, Lihue; 245-9014 opt. 3; EWKSWCD@gmail.com; www.KauaiSWCD.org

The draft agenda can be viewed at bit.ly/2lSPjEf

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