DLNR Press Release: JOIN THE KAULUNANI ADVISORY COUNCIL AND BECOME A LEADER IN URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY FOR HAWAI’I
Published on March 17, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room
(Honolulu) – Are you passionate about trees and their value to 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? 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 Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) 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. Kaulunani is funded by the state and private forestry branch of the USDA Forest Service with a mission to “supporting all communities in Hawaii with an equity focus to cultivate wellness and resilience through restorative and environmental justice, planting, caring for, and developing relationships with trees and forests with which we live and which are crucial for the ecosystems on which we depend. We do this for our keiki, our kūpuna, ourselves, our ‘āina and everyone’s future.
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 program of the USDA Forest Service, 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:
- Native Hawaiian Communities and Ways of Life.
- Landscape architecture.
- Education and awareness (particularly for young people).
- Climate change.
- Housing (especially housing for low-income people and public housing).
- Indigenous knowledge.
- Health and wellbeing.
- 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 Programs Coordinator, at [email protected].
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Attached photograph of the Kaulunani Advisory Council (2020)
Kaulunani website: www.Kaulunani.org
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