DLNR site offers new ‘Island Hubs,’ app for exploring

Posted on Mar 29, 2022 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main
 Check out DLNR’s new resources to rediscover Hawai‘i’s beauty.

Check out DLNR’s new resources to rediscover Hawai‘i’s beauty.

With the approach of Earth Day, there’s never been a better time to explore the islands — either in person or virtually. To help, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has launched a new website upgrade to make it easier to find a whole host of resources specific to each island. The upgraded hub at https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/ provides information on everything from Hawai‘i’s native species, hiking trails and protected areas and volunteer opportunities to permits and guidelines for your next adventure. There’s also a special section on climate change impacts with descriptions of local challenges and what DLNR is doing to address them.

The site upgrade, managed by DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), enables users to filter for information by clicking on “Island Hubs” from the menu on the main page. DOFAW also has new online learning tools for exploration from home or classroom, including a video hub, a growing collection of virtual tours, native species profiles and over 70 new native bird pages and interactive web maps linking to information on public lands. Also available is more social media content and the Outerspatial app that provides details about trails and areas managed by DOFAW. “This is an equity and accessibility issue for us,” said DOFAW administrator David Smith. “If people can’t be outdoors in person, we’re going to bring some of what makes Hawai‘i special to them.”

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