David Y. Ige | DLNR press release: LAUNCH OF LOCAL FOREST AND WILDLIFE INFORMATION CENTERS


DLNR press release: LAUNCH OF LOCAL FOREST AND WILDLIFE INFORMATION CENTERS

Posted on December 15, 2021 in Latest department news, Press room

(Honolulu) – In HawaiÊ»i, it helps to be local. This is the guiding principle of the new web content and social media managed by the DLNR Forestry and Wildlife Division (DOFAW) which aims to facilitate access to information on natural resources and recreational opportunities based on l where the user is located.

The newly redesigned DOFAW website features a number of user-focused updates, including the ability to filter statewide information by island. The new structure follows a model first used in 2019 by the Kaua’i Forest Users Web Hub, which consolidates access to Kaua’i-specific information in DOFAW’s programs for trails, hunting , the protection of ecosystems and the management of plants and wildlife. The KauaÊ»i Hub is now joined by the Hubs of Maui Nui Forest Users, Hawai’i Island Forest Users and O’ahu Forest Users, providing locally relevant information to users statewide. Any hub can be accessed from the main DOFAW home page by clicking on the “Island Hubs” menu option. As part of the redesign, the previously used marketing URL for KauaÊ»i (kauaiforestusers.com) will be phased out, with users instead encouraged to visit the main DOFAW website and then select their island from the top menu.

DOFAW is also developing community-driven social media accounts to highlight local volunteer opportunities and to celebrate the plants, animals and areas that make each island unique. These accounts, including the recently launched O’ahu DOFAW and Kaua’i DOFAW accounts on Instagram, are local additions to Hawaii’s state and departmental DLNR accounts. Accounts relating to the forest resources of the island of Hawai’i or Maui Nui are under discussion.

“Experiencing nature is a very personal thing,” said David Smith, director of DOFAW. “Like all of our conservation work, it is rooted in the place. We want our awareness to reflect this and help people learn and care about their surroundings. “

DOFAW has also launched new online learning tools that enable exploration at home or in the classroom, including:

“It’s also about fairness and accessibility for us,” Smith continued. “We want to remove some of the barriers people may face in taking advantage of public resources. Some of our areas are closed to in-person visits in order to protect rare species, and even for our open areas there will be people who will not have the physical ability or experience to hike in remote locations. or travel to reservations on different islands. If people can’t be out in person, we’ll bring them some of what makes Hawai’i special to them.

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(All images / video courtesy of: DLNR)

HD Video – Go outsideSpatial web functionality (July 1, 2021):

https://vimeo.com/569648155

HD Video – Outer Space / SOTS Track Demonstration Media Clips (July 1, 2021):

https://vimeo.com/569081412

Photographs – Demonstration of the OuterSpatial trail (June 29, 2021):

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/igwigvcqyu78daw/AADiFWSACDuuok3pzJpM_KJ_a?dl=0

Media contact:

AJ McWhorter
Communication specialist
Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources
[email protected]
808-587-0396 (Communications office)


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