Forestry Grants Available for Trees, Education

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HONOLULU, HAWAII —   The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Kaulunani Urban Forestry Cost-Share Grant Program.  The next two grant application deadlines are:  February 15, 2012 and May 15, 2012.

The Kaulunani Program views Hawai‘i’s tropical urban trees as a dynamic resource that plays a critical role in our island community.  Grants are encouraged this year to:


– develop the use of technology to improve the management of Hawaii’s urban forest by mapping the urban forest, conducting a tree inventory and green infrastructure planning;

– advance the knowledge of tropical urban forestry through the development of management plans and best management practices;

– train industry professionals;

– create public awareness of the value and benefits of trees; and

– demonstrate the importance of trees through tree-planting demonstration projects.

Generally, cost-share grants between $500 and $10,000 are awarded, however, in this upcoming year grants of more than $10,000 are actively being considered.  Grants are also available to non-federal organizations.

For more information about how to apply for Kaulunani grants or the Friends of Hawai‘i’s Urban Forest contact Teresa Trueman-Madriaga at 808-672-3383.

Kaulunani project grant awards in 2011 include:

–        West Hawai‘i Veterans’ Cemetery Development and Expansion Association was awarded $6,600 for an interpretive panel at the entrance to the Cemetery that will describe the dryland forest at this site.  Since their first Kaulunani grant in 2005, the West Hawai‘i Cemetery was designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as attaining “shrine status.”  It is only one of three State-owned Veterans Cemeteries in America, as well as the only one in Hawai‘i to have achieved this status.  Overall this project has received 14 awards both nationally and locally.

–        The University of Hawai‘i was awarded $56,000 for its project “Deflecting the Wave: Using Coastal Vegetation to Mitigate Tsunami,” to determine how trees can be measures of protection in coastal areas for a tsunami.

–        National Tropical Botanical Garden was awarded $9,780 for its video “Breadfruit – A Tree of Importance to Hawai‘i.”

–        Ho‘okipa Beach Park Community Work Day was awarded $7,009 for a native planting project and restoration effort.

–        Kawananakoa Middle School was awarded $8,560 for planting a Native Hawaiian campus arboretum.

–        Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.was awarded $8,000 for its Arbor Day tree give-away and education event.

–        Hawai‘i Wildlife Center received $9,485 for its native habitat demonstration garden.

–        Hoakalei Cultural Foundation received $1,681 for a 2011 Arbor Day seedling give-away.

–        Maui Nui Botanical Garden received $5,418 for an Arbor Day plant give-away.

–        Ho‘oulu Lahui Inc. received $3,331 for the Hana Aloha ‘Umi Arbor Day plant give-away.

–        O‘ahu Urban Garden ‘Ohana received $7,800 for the Hawaiian Electric Arbor Day tree give-away.

–        Carol Kwan Consulting LLC received $6,882 for its 2011 Hawai‘i education campaign on trees 2011.

–        DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife received $14,996 for Hawai‘i Landscape and Forestry pest identification cards and website.