In February 2020, the State of Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources, led by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (State), the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (Forest Service), and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Pacific Islands Area (NRCS) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Shared Stewardship.
The MOU codifies the agencies’ joint commitment to an integrated approach that prioritizes investments and connects with other partners to achieve the greatest impact on the priorities in the Hawai’i State Forest Action Plan (FAP) and Hawai’i Interagency Biosecurity Plan. In particular, the MOU formalizes the agencies’ mutual agreement to focus on the following landscape-scale priorities to advance shared stewardship:
- Biosecurity and protection of Hawaii’s watersheds;
- Forests sustaining Hawaii’s; and
- Connecting people to forests.
The absence of National Forest System (NFS) lands in Hawai’i provides a unique opportunity to implement the Forest Service “Toward Shared Stewardship Across Landscapes: An Outcome-based Investment Strategy” (Strategy). While there is no physical land base that the Forest Service is responsible for, the Agency and the State have long worked together through the Forest Service State and Private Forestry program and the Pacific Southwest Research Station to support state and private forest management in Hawai’i. The MOU reinforces these relationships and recognizes new opportunities to engage with other Forest Service program areas, such as leveraging NFS expertise gathered from the U.S. mainland.
The content on this webpage was drafted and finalized in May 2021. Return to WFLC shared stewardship landing page.