The State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will present a draft management plan for ‘Ahihi-Kina‘u NAR at a meeting planned for next week Wednesday, October 20, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lokelani Intermediate School Cafeteria in Kihei.
“The plan contains historical, management, and biological information, describes the current status and condition of the reserve, identifies threats to the natural and cultural resources found there, and suggests actions that both welcome people and protect what is fragile and rare,” said DLNR Maui NARS specialist William Evanson.
“This plan is a call to action to protect and preserve one of Maui’s most beautiful and loved places, ‘Ahihi-Kina‘u Natural Area Reserve,” Evanson said.
Portions of the reserve have been closed since 2008 and will remain closed through at least August of 2012 to address concerns over increased resource degradation at the site.
The purpose of the plan is to describe management actions needed to preserve, protect and enhance the biological and cultural resources at the reserve for current and future generations.
A separate “open house” style informational meeting is planned on November 3, mid-way through the comment period. (The November 3rd Open House is also scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at the Lokelani Intermediate School Cafeteria). The public comment period is open through November 20, 2010. The draft plan is available on line at: http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/nars/reserves/maui/ahihikinau
The draft plan will be improved by input from the community. Public review and comment is open from October 20, 2010 to November 20, 2010. Please send comments via email, fax or mail to:
Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Natural Area Reserve System
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813
Fax: (808) 587-0064/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org