Forestry Program Seeking Tree Care Volunteers : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information

Residents of all islands are encouraged to apply, especially residents of Hawai’i County, Maui County, and Kaua’i County, who are currently underrepresented on the Council. PC: DLNR

Are you passionate about trees and their value for our well-being? Do you have a professional experience that you would like to apply to improving our urban and community forests and green spaces across the state?

If so, the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program is seeking qualified and enthusiastic candidates for its Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council.

Kaulunani, a program of DLNR’s Forestry and Wildlife Division, focuses on improving the health and viability of trees and communities across Hawai’i through educational programs; financial support in the form of cost-shared grants; technical training; and public/private partnerships.

Since its inception in 1991, Kaulunani has awarded more than $4 million to more than 450 projects and organizations across the state in the form of cost-share grants matched with $9 million in cash and in-kind.

The Kaulunani Advisory Council serves in a pro bono and advisory capacity to DOFAW and provides advice and direction for the Kaulunani Program and the Kaulunani Small Grants Program. Responsibilities include reviewing the state’s forestry action plan and providing input and recommendations for projects, partnerships, and educational and marketing initiatives. Council members bring innovative ideas to support urban and community forestry initiatives across the state. Being a valued USDA Forest Service program, Board members can also view the federal program’s annual grant proposal, as well as other federal and non-federal funding opportunities.

Currently, the Council is made up of professionals from across the state, ranging from arboriculture to agroforestry, from planning to nonprofit community leaders. We seek applications in a diverse set of fields and locations statewide. Additional candidate details include:

● Residents of all islands are encouraged to apply, especially residents of Hawai’i County, Maui County and Kaua’i County, who are currently underrepresented on the Council.
● Professionals from all fields and areas of expertise are encouraged to apply; however, the Council’s current needs relate to the following areas:
● Hawaiian communities and indigenous ways of life.
● Landscape architecture.
● Education and awareness (particularly for young people).
● Climate change.
● Housing (especially housing for low-income people and public housing).
● Transportation.
● Indigenous knowledge.
● Health and well-being.
● Low-income and marginalized communities

Priority will be given to applications received by April 22, 2022. Applications will then be reviewed on an as-needed basis. Board members commit to a 3-year term with quarterly meetings. Council guidelines and a link to the online application form can be found on the Kaulunani website.

For more information about the Kaulunani Advisory Board and programs, contact Heather McMillen, Kaulunani Program Coordinator, at Heather.L.Mcmillen@hawaii.gov

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