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3rd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop
Oct
21
to Oct 24

3rd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop

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“The National Cohesive Strategy pushes us to challenge our current and historical approaches to our nation’s rapidly changing wildfire realities and reach beyond our jurisdictional borders to:

  • redefine and understand risk,

  • share and co-manage risk,

  • set large, landscape-level and community-wide priorities, and

  • collectively invest in an outcome-based approach to achieve resilient landscapes, fire adapted communities and a safe, effective wildfire response.


As we stand on the precipice of a new wildland fire paradigm, 
we have the opportunity to define it, 
not be defined by it.
 

To maintain and strengthen meaningful progress towards this vision, the 3rd Annual National Cohesive Strategy Workshop will provide a forum unlike others for collaborative interaction. It will provide an innovative, shared-learning environment for exploration, discussion, understanding, brainstorming, connection and collaboration around the issues we must face to improve outcomes related to wildland fire.  It will allow stakeholders to understand their roles and the opportunities for outcome-based approaches through continued and active implementation of the National Cohesive Strategy and how this will allow us to define a future with wildland fire as a key component of healthy ecosystems that meet social and management requirements.”

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26th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference
Jul
9
to Jul 11

26th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference

  • Hawaii Convention Center (map)
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Save the Date! Hawaii Conservation Conference for 2019 will be from July 9 to 11. This year’s theme is He ʻaʻaliʻi ku makani au: Resilience in the Face of Change.

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference allows a diverse group of scientists, policymakers, conservation practitioners, educators, students and community members from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific to converge and discuss conservation. It’s a time to connect, share and inspire, all with the common goal of caring for our natural resources.”

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OAHU: Public Presentation - Retired CalFire Chief to Reflect on 30 Years of Service
Jun
24
4:00 PM16:00

OAHU: Public Presentation - Retired CalFire Chief to Reflect on 30 Years of Service

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An exciting opportunity to hear from retired CalFire Chief Ken Pimlott, who dedicated 30 years of service to the California state fire department. He will reflect on the challenges of wildfire response, especially with the deadliest fire season in California history this past year. This is a rare opportunity that we hope you can join. It is free and open to all!

Mahalo DLNR for hosting this event!

Banner photo: CalFire responding to Lilac Fire. Credit: Jeff Hall/Cal Fire for KVCR News

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WEBINAR: Limitations of Post-Fire Regeneration in Māmane in Hawaii
May
30
7:00 AM07:00

WEBINAR: Limitations of Post-Fire Regeneration in Māmane in Hawaii

The threat of wildfire is a large concern in the dryland, alpine shrubland ecosystems of Hawai ‘i. This unique ecosystem is dominated by māmane (Sophora chrysophylla), a dry forest leguminous tree species that is the exclusive food source for the Palila (Loxioides bailleui), an endemic and federally endangered Hawaiian bird. Curiously, in this ecosystem, it is common to see many intact māmane seeds on the ground, but very few māmane seedlings. This webinar will discuss research focused on phosphorus (P) fertilization and soil bacterial that aids in nitrogen fixation to test potential restoration techniques in burned and unburned areas where wildfire is common. This research can help increase the success of current habitat management and restoration efforts for DoD managed lands. 

To join the webinar, go to: https://dodnatres.adobeconnect.com/webinarseries/ 

Conference Number: 1-877-885-1087 
Participant Code: 713-286-7186 

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting or just want to test your connection prior to the webinar, visit: https://dodnatres.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm 

Adobe Connect has a maximum attendance capacity of 100 users. We advise users in the same office building to attend as a group to ensure as many users can join this webinar as possible. If you are unable to join the webinar, we will post a recording on the NR Program web portal at: http://www.dodnaturalresources.net/Webinar-Series.html 

DoD Natural Resources Program, www.denix.osd.mil/nr/ 

DoDNatRes@bah.com 

Twitter: @DoDNatRes 

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Kauai ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop (Part 2: In the Field)
May
14
9:00 AM09:00

Kauai ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop (Part 2: In the Field)

Wildfire Community Preparedness Month continues with a 2-part ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop hosted by DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and HWMO.

The first day, May 13, is in a classroom-style setting at West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center. You will learn the ins and outs of science-based best practices for Firewise yard maintenance, home structure fire-proofing, and family emergency plan creation.

On day 2, May 14, we will be meeting at the 1st Pavilion at Puʻu Ka Pele Lookout in Kokeʻe. We will walk around several cabins in Kokeʻe to put new home ignition zone assessment skills into practice.

All are welcome to these free workshops and you can show up to one or the other, or even better, both!

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Kauai ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop (Part 1: Classroom)
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

Kauai ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop (Part 1: Classroom)

  • West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wildfire Community Preparedness Month continues with a 2-part ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop hosted by DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and HWMO.

The first day, May 13, is in a classroom-style setting at West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center. You will learn the ins and outs of science-based best practices for Firewise yard maintenance, home structure fire-proofing, and family emergency plan creation.

On day 2, May 14, we will be meeting at the 1st Pavilion at Puʻu Ka Pele Lookout in Kokeʻe. We will walk around several cabins in Kokeʻe to put new home ignition zone assessment skills into practice.

All are welcome to these free workshops and you can show up to one or the other, or even better, both!

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Kaʻū ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Kaʻū ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop

In the evening (starting at 6:00 p.m.on Friday, May 10 at the Pahala Plantation House, you can join HWMO and NMOK for a free and family-friendly educational “ReadySetGo!” Wildfire Preparedness Workshop. Participants will learn how to use proper landscaping techniques and home structure modifications to protect your family and property from wildfire and to work as a community towards the common goal of fire protection. HWMO will also share information on how to develop a clear, achievable family emergency plan, what actions to take during a wildfire, and proper evacuation procedures. Each attendee will also receive a free copy of the ReadySetGo! Hawaii Wildland Fire Action Guide, which can be used as a step-by-step tool for carrying out the recommended actions.

2019 is shaping up to be a busy wildfire year. With a weak El Niño starting to kick in, experts predict wildfire activity will increase due to worsening drought conditions and the enormous vegetative growth from a rainy past several of months. Wildfires are a growing health and safety concern in Kaʻū and throughout the Hawaiian Islands and have impacts to our communities, businesses, infrastructure, watersheds, and cultural and nearshore resources. Recently, two large workshops were held on Hawaiʻi Island to identify key target areas for vegetation management activities to reduce wildfire risk. A significant portion of the participants, who represented various agencies, non-profits, businesses, and community groups highlighted Kaʻū as a top priority district for future wildfire management activities.

On Saturday, May 4, people from across the U.S. will participate in Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, a day to take action to increase wildfire safety in the community. As part of the festivities the following week, Hawaiʻi Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO) and Nā Mamo O Kāwā (NMOK), two non-profit organizations, are teaming-up for a weekend of fun, learning, and action-taking. HWMO is a Waimea-based non-profit dedicated to protecting communities and natural resources across the Hawaiian Islands. Nā Mamo O Kāwā (NMOK) is a Hawaiian non-profit that facilitates the care for the precious cultural and natural resources of Kāwā through community-based, self-determined stewardship efforts. 

The next day, Saturday, May 11, you will have an opportunity to use your new wildfire preparedness knowledge to join a volunteer work day to reduce wildfire hazards and restore the native habitat of Kāwā. The work day will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you would like to join, meet at the Northern entrance for Kāwā for sign-in, safety briefing, and opening protocol. Please bring a water bottle, lunch, closed toed shoes, long sleeved T-shirt, and pants. Tools, gloves, water, and light refreshments provided.


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 Molokaʻi Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning and Mapping Workshop
Apr
2
8:00 AM08:00

Molokaʻi Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning and Mapping Workshop

Your input is a very important part of developing next step actions for wildfire risk reduction on Molokaʻi.

Your input is a very important part of developing next step actions for wildfire risk reduction on Molokaʻi.

You are invited to the Molokaʻi Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning and Mapping Workshop on April 2 hosted by Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization and partners.   

Register for FREE and confirm your spot

When: April 2, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: The Nature Conservancy Office, 23 Pueo Place, Kaunakakai

Join the broader community of Molokaʻi professionals dealing with wildfire threats and impacts for a facilitated conversation about next step hazard reduction priorities and projects.

Marking priority areas for fuels treatments.

Marking priority areas for fuels treatments.

During the action planning portion of the workshop, participants will:

  • Check out the results of recent efforts to map current management of hazardous vegetative fuels (thanks to all of the information that partners contributed, thus far).

  • Identify and discuss shared regional fuels management priorities and projects to mitigate the risks of wildfire across our island landscapes through a facilitated series of small and large group conversations.  Your knowledge and priorities will contribute to planning next steps in the ongoing collaboration to manage vegetative fuels to reduce wildfire and protect both our communities and natural resources.

During the mapping portion of the workshop, participants will:

  • Add to the map of current and desired hazardous vegetative fuels management projects. Workshop attendee(s) should be those who are familiar with delineating the locations of vegetation management activities (fuel/firebreaks, shaded/living fuelbreaks, grazing, thinning, invasive removal, native restoration, etc.) and their associated details (type of work being done, frequency of activity, etc.).

Tentative Agenda:
8-11 a.m.: Action Planning
11-11:30 a.m.: Mapping Intro
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Lunch Break
12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Mapping

Spread the word with your network -- your input matters!  This workshop will be valuable to those working in:

  • Land and Natural Resource Management

  • Fire and Emergency Response

  • Planning

  • Agricultural Operations

  • Utilities

We hope you can meet us there and contribute to this valuable and landmark effort for wildfire protection planning!

To learn more:

Project information: http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/vegetative-fuels-management-mapping

If you have further questions or concerns, contact Pablo Akira Beimler: e-mail pablo@hawaiiwildfire.org or Lele Kimball: lele@hawaiiwildfire.org or call (808) 885-0900.

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13th Annual Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium
Mar
27
9:00 AM09:00

13th Annual Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium

“The 13th annual Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium will be Wednesday, March 27th, at the ‘Imiloa center in Hilo!  Join us for another year of interesting talks and great networking. The registration fee of $75 ($40 students) will include lunch by ‘Imiloa.  

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Powers from the University of Minnesota. An avid researcher of tropical dry forests in Costa Rica since 1994, Powers researches the relationships among ecological processes, the patterns they generate, and the effects of anthropogenic environmental changes across a range of spatial and temporal scales. She will help set the stage for our theme that emphasizes setting and achieving realistic goals for dry forest restoration in our uncertain era of climate change, competitive funding, diverse community priorities, and related green infrastructure initiatives. Dr. Tamara Ticktin of UH-Manoa will follow with environmental, cultural and management tradeoffs in forest restoration and collaboratively developing successful hybrid restoration approaches. Jen Lawson of Waikoloa Dry Forest will provide information on their unique approach emphasizing community involvement. The full speaker line-up is still in development, but several other talks will also focus on using novel approaches to achieve dry forest conservation. There will also be a speed session with exhilarating 5-minute highlight updates from many dry forest restoration sites. We will also hear from Dr. Patrick Hart of UH-Hilo Biology on his exciting discoveries in acoustic ecology in Hawai‘i and other areas. 

HWMO will also be a speaker this year: Fire Follows Fuel: A Collaborative Approach Towards Cross-Boundary Vegetative Fuels Management for Wildfire Mitigation.

There will be a poster session outside the ‘Imiloa auditorium during lunch, but space is limited so priority will be given to posters that support this year’s theme.  Contact Ron Terry (rterry@hawaii.rr.com) if you would like to present information about your group, activity or research project. 

There will be one field trip the day before (Tuesday, Prince Kuhio Day) to an area of dry/mesic forest of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Full details will be announced later. “

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ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Kona (Afternoon)
Feb
16
1:30 PM13:30

ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Kona (Afternoon)

  • Hawaii Community College Palamanui - Panini Building - Room 126/127 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“By attending the FREE workshop hosted in Hilo and Kona, you will help to expand capacity for collection and banking of 'ōhi'a seeds in response to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death. 
You will learn how to properly collect, handle, and process 'ōhi'a seeds, without doing harm to trees or forests, using methods that protect seed viability and ensure conservation value for future restoration.”

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ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Kona (Morning)
Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Kona (Morning)

  • Hawaii Community College Palamanui - Panini Building - Room 126/127 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“By attending the FREE workshop hosted in Hilo and Kona, you will help to expand capacity for collection and banking of 'ōhi'a seeds in response to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death. 
You will learn how to properly collect, handle, and process 'ōhi'a seeds, without doing harm to trees or forests, using methods that protect seed viability and ensure conservation value for future restoration.”

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ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Hilo (Afternoon)
Feb
15
1:30 PM13:30

ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Hilo (Afternoon)

  • Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry - Large Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“By attending the FREE workshop hosted in Hilo and Kona, you will help to expand capacity for collection and banking of 'ōhi'a seeds in response to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death. 
You will learn how to properly collect, handle, and process 'ōhi'a seeds, without doing harm to trees or forests, using methods that protect seed viability and ensure conservation value for future restoration.”

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ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Hilo (Morning)
Feb
15
9:00 AM09:00

ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Hilo (Morning)

  • Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry - Large Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“By attending the FREE workshop hosted in Hilo and Kona, you will help to expand capacity for collection and banking of 'ōhi'a seeds in response to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death. 
You will learn how to properly collect, handle, and process 'ōhi'a seeds, without doing harm to trees or forests, using methods that protect seed viability and ensure conservation value for future restoration.”

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HAWAII ISLAND: 8th Annual Wiliwili Festival
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

HAWAII ISLAND: 8th Annual Wiliwili Festival

“The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative will be hosting the 8th annual Wiliwili Festival Saturday, February 9th from 9am-3pm at the Waikoloa Stables. The Wiliwili Festival is a fun, free educational event for all ages and a great opportunity to learn more about the unique environment of our island. This year we’ll be offering guided tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve, on-site workshops, educational talks, music, food, vendors, and a silent auction. Join us and celebrate our island’s beloved wiliwili trees!”

HWMO will be there! Come swing by our table for keiki activities and wildfire readiness information!

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MAUI: "Wildfire on Maui: The History, Threat, and Our Collective Responsibility" Lecture
Feb
6
5:30 PM17:30

MAUI: "Wildfire on Maui: The History, Threat, and Our Collective Responsibility" Lecture

From the Source:

Wildfires have an impact on the nearshore ocean environment and coral reefs, which is why Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is hosting a free presentation, “Wildfire on Maui: the History, Threat, and Our Collective Responsibility,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pacific Whale Foundation’s classrooms at the Maui Harbor Shops in Maalaea.

Doors open at 5 and complimentary refreshments will be served.

The presentation will be offered by Clay Trauernicht, Ph.D., wildland fire specialist at University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension.

“Over the past decade, an average of more than 1,000 wildfires burned more than 17,000 acres each year in Hawaii, with the percentage of total land area burned comparable to and often exceeding figures for the fire-prone western United States,” said Trauernicht. “During my presentation, we’ll use fire science and a bit of history to tackle the how and why of the 400 percent increase in areas burned by wildfires in Hawaii. We’ll also look at the consequences it has for our watersheds and nearshore ecosystems.

“The short story is that fire on Maui and other islands is a problem we’ve largely created,”he noted. “It is therefore one of the few ‘natural’ disasters we can actually avoid. We’ll consider our options to reduce fire risk and impacts on Maui and how the urgency to take action is increasing under a changing climate.”

Attendees will be invited to share their questions, experiences and ideas about wildland fires on Maui at the conclusion of Trauernicht’s presentation.

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Talk Story on Tap: Aloha Science Fridays (Humans and Erosion in Hawaii)
Jul
13
6:30 PM18:30

Talk Story on Tap: Aloha Science Fridays (Humans and Erosion in Hawaii)

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Join our friends from South Kohala Coastal Partnership for the Talk Story on Tap: Aloha Science Fridays summer series. Come learn, meet conservation professionals, and become an informed and active member of the conservation community, whether you are a long-time environmental advocate or are new to the scene. 

This month will feature Corina Cerovski-Darriau and John Stock from USGS, who are giving a talk titled: The Last Land: How Humans Changed Erosion in Hawai'i. John and Corina have been monitoring and mapping erosion in the Pelekane Watershed (as well as elsewhere throughout the State) for several years, and we are excited to invite them to share their work with the community.

The event is free and open to the public. Daylight Mind has extended their happy hour menu during these monthly talks!

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Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Yoga for a Cause - Benefit for HWMO

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Fire up your chakras for a great cause on Friday, June 15th from 5-7:30 p.m. That's right, we have teamed up with our friends (and neighbors) at Waimea Yoga who are graciously hosting a benefit for HWMO as part of their monthly series to support local non-profits. 

Come stretch, relax, breathe after a long day to support our projects that protect Hawaii's communities, lands and waters from the growing threat of wildfires. An hour-and-a-half Vinyasa yoga class and $20 donation will go a long way towards supporting the health of our residents and visitors and our beautiful forests and shorelines. There will also be a chance to learn more about HWMO and meet our team members during the before and after talk story sessions.

5:00-5:30 p.m.: Talk story
5:30-7:00 p.m.: Vinyasa class with Julie Martin
7:00-7:30 p.m.: Talk story, free pupus/tea, free giveaways from local businesses

*Discounted class packages available for all participants

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Talk Story on Tap: Aloha Science Fridays (Sea Level Rise)

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Join our friends from South Kohala Coastal Partnership for the Talk Story on Tap: Aloha Science Fridays summer series. Come learn, meet conservation professionals, and become an informed and active member of the conservation community, whether you are a long-time environmental advocate or are new to the scene. 

This month's topic is "Meeting the Challenge of Sea Level Rise Through Technology" presented by a partner of HWMO, Chad Wiggins of The Nature Conservancy. 

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Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

3rd Annual Waianae Coast Emergency Preparedness Fair

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From our friends from the Waiʻanae Coast Disaster Readiness Team:

"The WCDRT in partnership with the Waiʻanae Coast Rotary Club (WCRC) and the Waiʻanae Military Civilian Advisory Council (WMCAC) are hosting the 3rd Annual Waiʻanae Coast Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the inner breezeway of Waiʻanae Mall (86-120 Farrington Highway Waiʻanae, Hawaiʻi 96792).

Come peruse the dozens of booths hosted by local, state, federal, private, and business organizations.  They will be sharing information, resources, interactive activities, and giveaways relating to general safety and emergency preparedness.  We will also have a number of static vehicle displays, demonstrations, and entertainment.  Hope to see you on June 2nd!"

Swing by HWMO's outreach booth for the latest wildfire preparedness information and youth activities.

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Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium 2018
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium 2018

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This year is the twelfth annual Nāhelehele Dryland Forest Symposium. It will feature presentations by scientists and conservationists who are working to learn about and preserve Hawaiian dryland forest plants and ecosystems. The Symposium will be held at the Courtyard at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel on Friday, February 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Early registration until January 30th is $75 and includes lunch and $5 parking. Student registration is $40 (reduced from $55) thanks to sponsorship by Hawai’i Forest Institute. After January 30th, late registration increases to $90 ($55 for students). Registration is limited to 200 to preserve the quality of the event for everyone attending and to facilitate networking. There will be two accompanying field trips ($40 each, lunch provided) to to Pōhakuloa Training Area on Thursday, February 8th and the Queen Emma Land Trust Dry Forest Restoration Project on Saturday, February 10th.

The dryland forests of Hawai‘i are fragile habitats that are home to many of the rarest plants in the world. Dryland forests were once considered to be the most diverse forest ecosystem on the Hawaiian Islands but today they are extremely deforested and degraded. Only remnant patches of the habitat remain to remind us of the highly diverse community of plants and animals that once dominated the landscape of West Hawai‘i. The Dryland Forest Symposium provides a forum for hearing about recent developments in dryland forest conservation and restoration, and an opportunity to interact with others interested in dryland forest.

Speakers
Keynote speaker Dr. Rakan (Zak) Zahawi, new director of Lyon Arboretum at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, will start things off with a talk about dry forest restoration work in Costa Rica entitled “Project Orange: the Power of Agricultural Waste to Regenerate a Forest.” Zahawi will be followed by Dr. Jonathan Price, University of Hawai‘i Hilo, talking about “Coming up with Real Restoration Baselines.”

Don’t wait to register – field trips are limited to 25 and are on a first come, first served basis.

Field Trips

Pōhakuloa Training Area Natural Resources Management Tour
Thursday, February 8, 2018   9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Queen Emma Land Trust Dry Forest Restoration Project
Saturday, February 10, 2018   9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

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Jan
10
9:00 AM09:00

WEBINAR- The Wildfire Within: Firefighter Perspectives on Gender and Leadership in Wildland Fire

Date: January 10, 2018 12pm Mountain
Presenter: Rachel Reimer, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada

This project utilized a feminist appreciative approach to Action Research to facilitate a conversation about gender and leadership within the British Columbia Wildfire Service (BCWS). The research question was, “How might understanding gender and leadership support excellence in the BCWS?” This study found that amongst diverse perspectives on gender and leadership, ultimately gender discrimination is occurring within wildland fire culture in the BCWS. Participants suggested action steps based on supporting organizational and leadership learning through non-judgemental, safe spaces for dialogue. This provided an opportunity for the BCWS to transform the challenges associated with gender discrimination in the wildland fire profession through organizational learning.

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PFX Webinar: Land Cover Maps for Fire & Land Management
Nov
9
2:00 PM14:00

PFX Webinar: Land Cover Maps for Fire & Land Management

"Land cover maps are a powerful tool that can aid in better landscape-scale natural resource management decisions.

Join this webinar to learn about:

  • Vegetation and land cover GIS products for Hawaii and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands;
  • A newly-developed, dynamic land cover product for Hawaii which identifies potential areas and rates of land cover change that has occurred since 2000;
  • Attributes and intended uses of these GIS products; and
  • Potential application of land cover products in the context of pre- and post-fire planning and reporting. 

This 40-minute presentation will be followed by 20 minutes of Q&A and group discussion, with participant input on the best land cover product applications and interfaces for different management uses. 

Intended Audience - Natural resource managers, fire managers, and GIS users in Hawaii and US-affiliated Pacific Islands who could benefit from understanding, on a landscape-scale, map data on vegetation, land cover, and land cover change.

Presenter
Matthew Lucas is a Master of Science graduate of the Natural Resource and Environmental Management Dept at University of Hawaii at Manoa. His specialty is GIS, remote sensing, and landscape ecology with a particular focus on developing spatial products which aid in conservation and natural resource management decisions.

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7th Annual Get Ready Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair
Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

7th Annual Get Ready Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair

"This annually held fair is free and open to the public so bring your friends and family. This year's theme is Prepare Today...Survive Tomorrow and attendees will be given an opportunity to learn more about what is needed in an emergency preparedness kit and preview emergency response training. The event is also attended by roughly 50 organizations, businesses and first responders who host their own booths and provide community residents with tools, information, and the chance to experience training first hand to help them better prepare their families for an emergency. In addition, there will also be entertainment, food booths, and free giveaways."

2016 Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair from the HWMO booth.

2016 Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair from the HWMO booth.

The event is organized by the Ewa Emergency Preparedness Committee (Ewa EPC). 

"The Ewa Emergency Preparedness Committee (Ewa EPC) is made up of local volunteers donating their time to work with the community to better prepare for an 'All Hazard Event' (i.e. natural disasters such as hurricanes or man-made disasters such as terrorist attacks). Their mission is to establish procedures for the community of Ewa Beach that are designed to organize, assist, educate, support, and train residents on how to prepare for, respond to, and assist in the recovery of an 'All Hazards Event.'"

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Oahu Workshop on Land Management and Technical Assistance
Jul
22
9:00 AM09:00

Oahu Workshop on Land Management and Technical Assistance

From our partners at West Oʻahu Soil and Water Conservation District:

"July 22 workshop on land management and technical assistance -- this will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waimea Valley. The workshop starts with a hike to Waimea Valley’s restoration site with conservation manager, Laurent Pool. He will share best practices for land management from his experience with the DLNR’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and Forest Stewardship Program. After hiking back down, strategize with specialists in conservation, forestry, technical assistance, etc. about how to best manage your land with the support of governmental and NGO programs. Register here: https://waimeavalleylandownerworkshop.eventbrite.com"

The workshop is limited to 30 persons, costs $15, and include lunch and coffee. For more information, contact: Michelle@WestOahuSWCD.org or 808.729.1676

AGENDA:

Meet at:  59-864 Kamehameha Hwy. Mauka side of parking lot. See website: http://www.waimeavalley.net/

9 a.m. - Introductions 

9:45 a.m. - Site visit of Waimea Valley with Conservation Specialist Laurent Poole - This includes a 45-minute hike to the Waimea Valley restoration site where we will debrief on programs such as Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and Forest Stewardship. The hike is easy/medium in difficulty and 1 hour 15 minutes roundtrip, approximately. Proper footwear and clothing/resources are recommended: sunscreen, close-toed shoes, hat/sun protection, foul weather gear, camera, etc.

12 p.m. - Lunch (included)

1 p.m. - Presentations from experts (10 minutes each)

-  Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Kawika Burgess

-  Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts, Puaonaona Stibbard

-  Oahu Resource Conservation & Development Council, Stephanie Mock

-  Division of Forestry and Wildlife CREP and Forest Stewardship Programs, Malia Nanbara 

-  Natural Resource Conservation Service, Bernadette Luncsford

-  West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District, Michelle Gorham

2 p.m. - Talk story with the experts and get guidance on programs. Learn about and start the application process for the partner programs on-site!

2:45 p.m. - Wrap up

3 p.m. - Finish


Photo credit: West Oahu Soil & Conservation District

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Climate Adaptation Workshop (Hawaii Island)
Jun
13
to Jun 14

Climate Adaptation Workshop (Hawaii Island)

HWMO participated in the workshops that took place in Honolulu on April 24-25. This is a great opportunity to not only learn about climate adaptation practices, but to share your input, especially if you can add your expertise on wildfires. Very well organized event, great people and connections, and delicious, healthy lunches...what more can you ask for?

"Workshop Goal: The goal of these two-day workshops is to gather natural and cultural resource managers and practitioners to discuss options for managing resources in the face of climate change, and improve understanding of how vulnerability and adaptation information can be integrated into management and planning. Participants will develop climate-informed adaptation strategies and actions for priority habitats and ecosystem services on each island, and will leave with a prioritized list of actions that can be integrated into current and future management activities across agencies and organizations.

Participants will examine climate change in the context of:

* Habitats (e.g., alpine/subalpine, mesic/wet forest, dry forest, coastal wetlands, shorelines, streams, seeps and springs);
* Ecosystem services (e.g., water supply and quality, flood and erosion control, cultural knowledge and heritage); and
* Conservation activities (e.g., invasive species control, watershed improvement, cultural resources and practices preservation, native and rare species conservation, coastal restoration, working lands management, and more!) 

Why you should attend:

Share your knowledge. Workshop activities and discussions will focus on developing climate adaptation strategies and actions to reduce vulnerabilities of priority habitats identified during the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Workshops. Find out what your colleagues and peers are doing and share your expertise in small and large breakout group discussions.

Create new and enhance existing partnerships with other local practitioners. Participation in this workshop can help shine a light on potential areas for improved collaboration and cooperation on climate adaptation efforts.

Be part of a process to prepare for climate change. What decision-making challenges are you currently facing? How might climate change affect the ability to meet your goals? What can be done to overcome climate-related challenges? Participants will work together to identify strategies and actions to improve resource management in a changing climate. 

Register: Each day of the workshop builds on the input and decisions of participants with an end goal of generating robust climate adaptation strategies and actions specific to each island's conservation community. To maximize workshop discussions and results, we request that you attend both days. Each workshop is tailored to island-specific vulnerability assessments and management activities; please register for the workshop associated with the island(s) on which you primarily work.

Kaua'i, June 5-6

Hawai'i, June 13-14

Questions? Contact Rachel M. Gregg at Rachel@EcoAdapt.org. "

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Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance (HEEA) Symposium 2017
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance (HEEA) Symposium 2017

Check out our presentation, "An Informed and Proactive Island Community Gives Us a (Fire)Fighting Chance," at this year's HEEA Symposium on June 9th at 11:30 a.m. 

Hawaiʻi Environmental Education Alliance (HEEA) is hosting our annual Environmental Education Symposium this summer within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park at the Kilauea Military Camp from June 8-10th, the first HEEA Symposium on Hawaiʻi Island. The event brings together formal and nonformal educators, environmental education practitioners, conservationists, and resource managers for three days of learning and networking.  It features workshops, concurrent sessions, field experiences, and a special plenary presentation by Dr. Chip Fletcher, Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Geology & Geophysics, UH Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Hawai'i Environmental Education in a Changing Climate,” and through a partnership with NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project, the symposium’s proceedings will share the latest tools, resources, and guidance on how to integrate the key themes of resiliency, stewardship, and meaningful action into formal and informal educational efforts. Furthermore, standards-based learning opportunities that highlight the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be shared.

There are over 30 compelling presentations from partners in environmental education. Join U’ilani Lima to learn about the Molokai Digital Bus program. Create connections to art and science with Anya Tagawa of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Learn to write better grant proposals with Jim Foley of NOAA. They and many others will help build environmental literacy and connections across disciplines.

The symposium’s sponsors include NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project, The Learning Coalition, the Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation, Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, United States Forest Service, Hawai'i Electric Light, Pacific Islands Climate Education Partnership, DuPont Pioneer, and the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation.

For more information on the symposium, please call (808) 283-1631 or email eesymposium@heea.org

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Rep. Gene Ward Town Hall Meeting
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Rep. Gene Ward Town Hall Meeting

Credit: Malia Martin

Credit: Malia Martin

HWMO will be a guest speaker at the town hall meeting to share insight on the wildfire issues of Hawaii Kai and to provide action steps for homeowners and residents in the area.

"As of late our community is in the process of unfortunately experiencing an outbreak of fires and malicious vandalism in some areas of Hawaii Kai.

In order to combat this totally unacceptable behavior, while at the same time bringing our community together, a town hall meeting is slated for June 6th at 7pm at Hahaione Elementary and you might have already seen this announcement on the KITV 6 O'clock News last evening.

Law enforcement officers and first responders and pyro experts will be present to share observations and hypotheses and what the community can do about it." - Rep. Gene Ward

Photo Credit: Malia Martin

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Hawaii Kai Wildfire Safety Workshop
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Hawaii Kai Wildfire Safety Workshop

Credit: Malia Martin

Credit: Malia Martin

"In recent weeks we have witnessed far too many fires in our community. As we approach summer the risk of property damage or loss of life is increasing. We are bringing in experts from Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization who have helped many communities on the Big Island mitigate their risk to fire damage. Help us plan and prepare our community to prevent the next wildfire.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Trevor OzawaStanley ChangSenator Laura Thielen, Representative Gene Ward."

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Climate Adaptation Workshop (Kauai)
Jun
5
to Jun 6

Climate Adaptation Workshop (Kauai)

HWMO participated in the workshops that took place in Honolulu on April 24-25. This is a great opportunity to not only learn about climate adaptation practices, but to share your input, especially if you can add your expertise on wildfires. Very well organized event, great people and connections, and delicious, healthy lunches...what more can you ask for?

"Workshop Goal: The goal of these two-day workshops is to gather natural and cultural resource managers and practitioners to discuss options for managing resources in the face of climate change, and improve understanding of how vulnerability and adaptation information can be integrated into management and planning. Participants will develop climate-informed adaptation strategies and actions for priority habitats and ecosystem services on each island, and will leave with a prioritized list of actions that can be integrated into current and future management activities across agencies and organizations.

Participants will examine climate change in the context of:

* Habitats (e.g., alpine/subalpine, mesic/wet forest, dry forest, coastal wetlands, shorelines, streams, seeps and springs);
* Ecosystem services (e.g., water supply and quality, flood and erosion control, cultural knowledge and heritage); and
* Conservation activities (e.g., invasive species control, watershed improvement, cultural resources and practices preservation, native and rare species conservation, coastal restoration, working lands management, and more!) 

Why you should attend:

Share your knowledge. Workshop activities and discussions will focus on developing climate adaptation strategies and actions to reduce vulnerabilities of priority habitats identified during the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Workshops. Find out what your colleagues and peers are doing and share your expertise in small and large breakout group discussions.

Create new and enhance existing partnerships with other local practitioners. Participation in this workshop can help shine a light on potential areas for improved collaboration and cooperation on climate adaptation efforts.

Be part of a process to prepare for climate change. What decision-making challenges are you currently facing? How might climate change affect the ability to meet your goals? What can be done to overcome climate-related challenges? Participants will work together to identify strategies and actions to improve resource management in a changing climate. 

Register: Each day of the workshop builds on the input and decisions of participants with an end goal of generating robust climate adaptation strategies and actions specific to each island's conservation community. To maximize workshop discussions and results, we request that you attend both days. Each workshop is tailored to island-specific vulnerability assessments and management activities; please register for the workshop associated with the island(s) on which you primarily work.

Kaua'i, June 5-6

Hawai'i, June 13-14

Questions? Contact Rachel M. Gregg at Rachel@EcoAdapt.org. "

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