Applications for Hawaii Island Advisory Council Positions Announced

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, is now accepting applications for vacant seats on the Laupahoehoe Advisory Council (LAC) and the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Council (PAC) on Hawai‘i Island.

Laupahoehoe Advisory Council

LAC members are expected and encouraged to provide guidance to DLNR and the USDA Forest Service on issues related to management, research, education and public access in the Hawai‘i Experimental Tropical Forest and state lands in the Hamakua District (Laupahoehoe Natural Area Reserve and Forest Reserve). On the windward side of Hawai‘i Island, this includes 12,300 acres of wet tropical forest in both Forest Reserve land as well as a Natural Area Reserve.

The LAC consists of 14 members with two members representing each of the following categories:

Cultural Resources, Natural Resource Management, Recreation (including hunters), Education, Laupahoehoe Community, Hawai‘i Community at Large, and Scientific Research. Members of the LAC serve a 2- or 3-year term (staggered within each category).

Applicants are now being sought to fill the open scientific research seat. These applicants should have a background in forest ecology or other natural resources related research field and an interest in serving  the Laupahoehoe community as a representative. The LAC meets bi-monthly in Laupahoehoe on Hawai‘i Island from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of odd months.

Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Council

PAC members are expected and encouraged to provide guidance to DLNR for state lands in North Kona, including the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve, Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Bird Sanctuary, Kīholo State Park Reserve, and the makai lands of Pu‘u Anahulu. Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a is on the leeward side of Hawai‘i Island on the northern flank of Hualalai and includes tropical dry and wet forests, grasslands and coastal ecosystems, including anchialine ponds. The greater ahupua‘a of Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a is 40, 711 acres of state land and includes the Forest Bird Sanctuary, Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve, and Kīholo State Park Reserve.

The PAC consists of 14 members in the following categories: Natural Resource Specialist and Recreation Use Specialist (three members each, including hunting interests), Hui ‘Ohana mai Pu‘u Anahulu Representative and Grazing Specialist (two members each), Cultural Expert, Neighboring Landowner, Business/Ecotourism Specialist, and Grant Writing Expertise/Coastal Zone Management (one member each).  Members of the PAC serve for a 2- or 3-year term.

Applicants are being sought to fill two positions, one of each in the following categories 1) neighboring landowner, and 2) grazing specialist. All applicants should have an appropriate background in the category area as well as an interest in representing community stakeholders related to their respective categories.

The PAC meets quarterly at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve in North Kona on Hawai‘i Island.

Individuals who are interested in serving on either the Laupahoehoe or Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Councils may submit an application. Applications will be reviewed by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the Hawai‘i Experimental Tropical Forest working group, and current members of the selected Advisory Council. Final selections are made by the DLNR chairperson.

Applications must be received by May 30, 2012. Application forms including submittal instructions can be found at http://www.hetf.us/page/home/. Hard copy applications are also available at the Hilo DOFAW office.

For more information on either the Laupahoehoe or Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Councils and the application process, please contact DOFAW Branch Manager Roger Imoto at (808) 974-4221.

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