DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Comment Period Open for DLNR Draft Environmental Assessment for the Habitat Conservation Plan for Game Management at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a and Pu‘u Anahulu, Nāpu‘u Conservation Project

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is seeking comments on a Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) in connection with a proposed Habitat Conservation Plan and Incidental Take License (ITL) for game management at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve and Pu‘u Anahulu Game Management Area.

Division of Forestry and Wildlife has been developing a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for land managed primarily for maintenance of non-native game mammal populations for hunting, in addition to conservation of native habitat in the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve and the Pu‘u Anahulu Game Management Area, in North Kona, on the island of Hawai‘i.

The development of this Habitat Conservation Plan will provide for the incidental take of 15 threatened and endangered plants and one endangered insect. The DEA identifies proposed and alternative actions of the HCP, describes the existing physical, biological, and socioeconomic environments, and analyzes potential environmental impacts to the existing environment resulting from the proposed action.

The DLNR invites and encourages public comments on the DEA before February 23, 2016. Please send comments to:

Garcia and Associates
146 Hekili St, suite 106
Honolulu, HI, 96813
Attention: Huang-Chi Kuo

Or email comments to: kuo@garciaandassociates.com

The DEA is available for review via a link provided in the Office of Environmental Quality Control January 23, 2016 issue of the Environmental Notice (http://oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/Shared%20Documents/Environmental_Notice/current_issue.pdf).

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Deborah Ward
DLNR Communication Specialist
Phone: (808) 587-0320