Public Comments Sought on a Draft Wetland Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Mana Plain Forest Reserve

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is seeking public comment on a draft wetland restoration plan/environmental assessment (EA) for the Mana Plain Forest Reserve on Kaua‘i.

The goal of the Mana Plain Forest Reserve Wetland Restoration Plan/EA is to develop a restoration plan that identifies sustainable management tools to restore approximately 105 acres of the historical Mana wetlands. Objectives of the project include restoring and maintaining native wetland habitat for four species of endangered Hawaiian waterbirds and other native wetland associated animals and plants, removing invasive vegetation and non-native vertebrates, and developing environmental education and community outreach opportunities.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments about the project during the scoping period so as to ensure consideration of all possible alternatives for the restoration of this important natural, cultural, and historic resource.

The public scoping period for the Mana Plain Forest Reserve Wetland Restoration Plan/EA runs from January 3, 2012 until February 3, 2012. The public is strongly encouraged to provide comments electronically via email to

Comments may also be mailed directly to the DOFAW Kaua‘i Branch: DLNR-DOFAW, 3060 ‘Eiwa St., Room 306, Lihu‘e, HI 96766. Attn: DEA – Mana Plain Forest Reserve Wetland Restoration Project

Comments must be received by, time-stamped, and/or post-marked by February 3, 2012, 4 p.m. Hawai‘i standard time (HST). Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal information in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — will be included in the administrative record for the EA, and may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your scoping comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Scoping comments may also be published as part of the EA. All submissions from organizations or businesses will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.

Interested parties should also know that once the draft EA is completed it will be made available for a 30-day public review and comment period.

During the public comment period for the draft EA, public meetings will be held in Kekaha and Lihu‘e. Notices of public meetings will be advertised in local newspapers, at DOFAW offices, and on the DOFAW website.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Jason Vercelli or Thomas Kai‘akapu at (808) 274-3433. DOFAW anticipates that the draft EA will be published for public review in the spring of 2012.

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