The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust owns several public preserves around Hawaii. While we do have preserves where dogs are allowed, such as the Veterans Peace Park in Kahului, most of the preserves are places where dogs, other than verified service dogs, are not allowed. These lands were purchased because they contain an abundance of wildlife species and provide habitat for many species which are rare or endangered, primarily birds that nest and forage on these lands. Our preserves are also home to our two mammal species, the hoary bat and the monk seal, both of which raise their young on the lands and waters that make up our preserves. We welcome public access but have found that our animal companions, especially dogs, negatively impact wildlife that live on these refuges.
Aloha HILT ‘Ohana,
Here are a few HILT updates for April 2017:
Talk Story on the Land Series:
Our 2017 Talk Story on the Land series if off to a great start! Many of our free hikes open to the public have been booked to capacity. To join us on our guided hikes, please visit: http://www.hilt.org/talk-story-on-the-land/
Although conservation easements are typically placed on private lands, they serve to benefit the public in a variety of a ways. Three important benefits of conservation easements, especially here in Hawaii, are:
1) Preservation of Agricultural Lands;
2) Protection of Open Space and Scenic Landscapes for residents and visitors alike; and
3) Protection of Cultural heritage
Aloha HILT Ohana,
First of all, thank you all for all of your support in helping HILT close out 2016 with a strong fourth quarter! We will be moving forward with the current momentum we have to build a strong pipeline of quality land conservation projects this year, expand our community engagement, support our great stewardship efforts, and strengthen our organizational capacity in 2017.
KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII – February 6, 2017 - Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) announced today that it has purchased a conservation easement on a ten-acre parcel in the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary above Kailua-Kona.
HILT works collaboratively with private landowners across Hawaii to protect and enhance lands with unique natural and cultural resources for the benefit of all who live and visit Hawaii. HILT’s Hawaii Island Director, Janet Britt worked with the owner of the sanctuary, Norman Bezona to acquire the easement which protects the forest and other conservation values of the property and restricts additional subdivision and development of the forest habitat.