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Jan 25, 2020
Published in Hawaii Fishing

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

SUZANNE D. CASE 
CHAIRPERSON

 
For Immediate News Release: January 24, 2020
 

CELEBRATING WORLD WETLANDS DAY

 (Līhuʻe) – Nearly 40 years ago an intergovernmental treaty was signed that provided the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Each year since 1997, government agencies and community organizations have offered programs aimed at raising awareness about the values and benefits of wetlands.

The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture will co-host World Wetlands Day on Saturday February 1st at the Kawai῾ele Waterbird Sanctuary on Kaua’i from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

There will be fun activities for the keiki, a guided walk and talking tour of the sanctuary from 8:30-9:00 a.m. Staff from both partner agencies will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to talk story.

Educational experiences for everyone from learning the difference from a stilt to a coot, how the gallinule acquired her red forehead, shape-shifting secrets of native island fish and you can help collect seeds from the unique array of plants that grow in the sanctuary.

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Media contact:

AJ McWhorter
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Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
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Jan 24, 2020
Published in Hawaii Fishing

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release January 24, 2020

INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION RECOGNIZES MAUI DOCARE OFFICER

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(Honolulu) – A 22-year veteran of the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) was recognized today as “Hawai‘i Wildlife Officer of the Year” by Shikar-Safari Club International Foundation. The club and its foundation support educational projects nationwide and in Canada related to wildlife management, hunting and shooting sports.

During a presentation before the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Randy DeCambra, a Maui-based DOCARE Officer, was awarded a framed certificate and plaque by Gunnar Klarr of the club. Shikar-Safari Club recognizes conservation officers in all 50 states annually and the recognition includes a $20,000 life insurance policy in the event an officer is killed in the line of duty.

Maui DOCARE Branch Chief Howard Rodrigues said, “Officer DeCambra embodies the best qualities of a conservation officer. He’s been responsible for bringing multiple, high-profile resource violation cases to fruition, and his passion and dedication are unequalled.”

DeCambra accepted the award saying, “This is really a team award.  At Maui DOCARE we all work toward the common goal of protecting Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural resources, which includes constant education for visitors and local residents to proactively behave and act in ways that prevent damage or destruction to our unique resources.”

According to Klarr, the club was founded in 1952 by a group of outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, and sportsmen and women. Its foundation was established in the early 1970’s for the sole purpose of raising money for conservation projects, endangered species protection, wildlife disease research, outdoor skills training, anti-poaching efforts and to provide support for state conservation agencies like DLNR-DOCARE. He said award recipient’s peers chose who in each state conservation enforcement agency should receive the annual recognition.

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Media Contact:

Dan Dennison
Senior Communications Manager
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Jan 24, 2020
Published in Hawaii Fishing

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release January 24, 2020

CLEARING UP MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE STATUS OF KAUA‘I’S WAILUA RESERVOIR

 (Honolulu) – People have expressed concerns about the future of the Wailua Reservoir, which is part of the East Kaua‘i Irrigation System.  Prior to Dec. 31, 2019, the reservoir was under the management of the East Kaua‘i Water Users Cooperative (EKWUC) operating under a DLNR revocable permit. The EKWUC voted against continuation of the RP on Sept. 3rd last year, which resulted in the year-end expiration of the permit.

The irrigation system has now reverted to DLNR’s management with current oversight focused on public health and safety and preserving the viability of the system for future use. This does not include continued delivery of water to various users. DLNR’s current primary objective it to work collaboratively with Kaua‘i legislators to try and find an appropriate public or private entity to assume management and operation of the system.

As a last resort, if a new operator can’t be identified, DLNR will pursue shutting down the system, including breaching the reservoir.  The department does not have the resources and expertise to act as a water delivery provider. Additionally, operation by DLNR, would be inconsistent with the department’s mission of protection and management of natural, cultural, recreational and historical resources.

Shutting down the system would be a long-term process, only after significant studies and planning to determine possible impacts. Any shut-down will include engagement from the community and would be subject to approval by the Board of Land and Natural Resources in an open meeting.

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Media Contact:

Dan Dennison
Senior Communications Manager
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Jan 17, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
RALEIGH N.C. (Jan. 17, 2020) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking input from the public, agency constituents, and stakeholders to help identify issues and options related to Sunday ...

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Jan 14, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
KENANSVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2020) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing in Kenansville on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. to accept comments on proposed changes to agency ...

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Jan 14, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2020) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing in Rocky Mount on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. to accept comments on proposed changes to agency ...

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Jan 14, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
EDENTON, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2020) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing in Edenton on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. to accept comments on proposed changes to agency regulations ...

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Jan 14, 2020
Published in Hawaii Fishing

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release January 13, 2020

REPAIRS TO KAWAIHAE SMALL BOAT HARBOR NORTH TO TAKE MILLIONS

Wharf Condemned After New Year’s Storm Damage

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(Honolulu) – An engineer estimates it will take at least $8 million to repair extensive damage at the Kawaihae North Small Boat Harbor on Hawai‘i Island caused by massive swells during a New Year’s eve and day storm event.

DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) engineer Finn McCall recounted, “Waves crashed through the breakwater, creating a 40-foot-wide gap. These huge waves traveled across the channel and up underneath the wharf and ended up blowing out all the connections under it, as well has causing wood planks on the wharf to buckle. It is structurally unsound, so we condemned it.” The entire harbor and the wharf are currently unusable and off-limits. McCall estimates it will take six-million-dollars to repair the breakwater and about $2 million to repair the dock.

The harbor’s sister, Kawaihae South Small Boat Harbor, was not impacted and some of the boats moored at the north harbor were relocated there or to other small boat harbors on the island.

Meghan Statts, DOBOR Assistant Administrator visited the harbors with McCall late last week.  She said, “We have to carefully monitor the north harbor due to the major breach in the break water.  It potentially could bring a lot of sand and other deposits in, which could affect the launch ramp which remains open currently.

Fortunately, all but one vessel has been moved elsewhere and the remaining boat owner is making plans to move his. Statts says DOBOR will need to secure Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) funding in order to make the repairs at the north harbor and there’s no timeline for when that might happen.  She said both Kawaihae harbors are heavily used and important to the local community.

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Media Contact:

Dan Dennison
Senior Communications Manager
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Jan 14, 2020
Published in Hawaii Fishing

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release January 13, 2020

RAPID ʻŌHIʻA DEATH BATTLE ESTIMATED TO NEED $4 MILLION ANNUALLY

Strategic Response Plan Indicates Significant Progress with Much Work Ahead

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(Honolulu) – The 2020-2024 update to the original strategic response plan for the fight against Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death notes many challenges ahead. Released today, the plan calls for additional funding of $4 million, each year, over the next five years to continue progress toward understanding and addressing the fungal disease that has seriously impacted Hawai‘i’s native forests.

The plan was developed in stages, beginning with a progress review and discussion at the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Science Symposium in May 2019 on the UH-Hilo campus. A small team of editors worked on various components of the plan, which were then sent to twenty reviewers. The ROD Strategic Response Plan describes the need for continued emergency response efforts as well as for the long-term health of Hawai‘i’s forests.

The plan details understanding of the disease and the microscopic fungi that cause it. This understanding of biology, impact and movement in individual trees, and dispersal patterns and mechanisms has improved through significant investments in time, energy, and resources in research, that were prioritized in large part by the ROD Science team. The development and testing of science-driven management options continues to improve approaches to controlling the disease and protecting ʻōhiʻa forests.

Up until recently, the disease had only been detected on Hawai‘i Island, but in the past two years it has been found in limited areas on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu and Maui.  A statewide ROD Working Group continues to lead response efforts and now each island has formed multi-agency working groups for information exchange, effective and efficient resource allocation, and swift response to new positive detections. The plan indicates that new outbreaks, “have elicited well organized, swift responses that apply containment, and, in some cases, eradication tactics developed using the best available science.

The Strategic Response Plan team reports, “The current status and distribution of the disease has also broadened our recognition that each island mush have adequate capacity for actions across the detection and response spectrum and that the needs for research, tools and management also differ.”

The team recognized that public engagement and outreach efforts have proven invaluable in developing broad awareness of the disease, its impacts to native forests and watersheds, and how to protect ʻōhiʻa. They conclude that all efforts can and must continue in order to protect, as fully as possible, Hawai‘i’s critically important, ʻōhiʻa-dominated native forests.

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ROD Strategic Response Plan: https://gms.ctahr.hawaii.edu/gs/handler/getmedia.ashx?moid=66598&dt=3&g=12

Media Contact:

Dan Dennison
Senior Communications Manager
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Jan 13, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 13, 2020) — Help conserve North Carolina’s wildlife with a voluntary contribution to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund (NGEWF), found on line 30 of your North Carolina ...

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