HILT is pleased to announce that it has received two donated perpetual Conservation Easements on open space lands along the world renowned scenic Hana Highway and coastal corridor in Hana. The first Conservation Easement was donated to HILT on October 22, 2014 by Ronald and Marianne Dreisbach, as Trustees of The Dreisbach Family Trust, on 4.6 +/- acres of their land on the makai (ocean) side of Hana Highway. Regarding this gift which will ensure this important land remains open space, Ronald and Marianne Dreisbach stated, “We are humbled and thankful to be able to play a small part in the preservation of this incredible coastline.”
The second Conservation Easement was donated to HILT on November 24, 2014 by HRP Hana LLC on 10.63 +/- acres of their land which is contiguous with the above-mentioned conserved Dreisbach land and is also on the makai side of Hana Highway. Roy O’Connor, Chairman of HRP Hana LLC, said, "HRP Hana LLC are pleased to insure the continued open space, agricultural use, and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean this land provides along this beautiful stretch of the Hana Highway.”
A Conservation Easement is HILT’s primary conservation tool. It is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation organization, such as HILT, that permanently restricts certain activities on the land so as to protect the land’s conservation values. The landowner who donates a Conservation Easement to HILT remains the landowner, and HILT must uphold the Conservation Easement even with future landowners of the subject property.
These recently acquired Conservation Easements build upon and compliment the 2003 Conservation Easement secured by the Maui Coastal Land Trust, now merged with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, on the nearby 41 +/- acre property shown on the map below:
The new Dreisbach Conservation Easement and HRP Hana LLC Conservation Easement protect 15.23 +/- contiguous acres of open space which contain important conservation values such as the scenic vistas afforded passersby on the Hana Highway and coastal corridor in Hana. This land area also has agricultural values, cultural and historical values, water resource values, and wildlife habitat values.
Ted Clement, HILT’s Executive Director, stated, “We thank the Dreisbachs and HRP Hana LLC for their long-term vision, generosity and leadership. Piece by piece we are protecting important lands along this incredible Hana Highway and coastal corridor. These recently acquired Conservation Easements mark our fifth and sixth successful conservation closings this year, an all-time record for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, and we thank our supporters for helping making that possible.”
Save the Date for #GivingTuesday on December 2 and help HILT raise $40,000 to help us acquire another permanent Conservation Easement before December 31, 2014 and end the year strong. The property will afford the public important scenic vistas, agricultural values, historical and cultural resources, and watershed values.
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