By Nina Wu
If you care about nature, it's time to get involved. Here's your opportunity for the new year.
Several advisory committee positions are open, both for NOAA's Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosytem Reserve and the state Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee.
>> NOAA is seeking applicants for six seats on its advisory council, which provides advice and recommendations to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, a division of the National Ocean Service. The council also ensures public participation in management of the country's largest marine conservation area.
Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience, community and professional affiliations and views regarding the protection and management of marine and cultural resources. The seats come with a two-year term. Members serve without pay but will be provided airfare and lodging at neighbor island meetings. The council meets about four to five times a year for one-to-two days.
Applications are being accepted for two primary seats — Native Hawaiian and Ocean-Related Tourism and four alternates for Conservation, Native Hawaiian Elder and Native Hawaiian.
>> The state DLNR is also seeking applications for its Forest Stewardship as well as the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Programs in 2012.
The Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee reviews and recommends project proposals and management plans for the State's Forest Stewardship and Forest Legacy Programs. Ideal candidates have significant forestry/conservation experience in Hawaii. The committee meets four times a year throughout the state. Terms are for three years. Visit hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw to download an application.
The Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program Council reviews project proposals and recommends approval for funding to DLNR. Issues include: mapping the urban tree canopy and maintaining a tree inventory; advancing the knowledge of tropical urban forestry; management plans; training for urban forestry industry professionals; and creating public awareness of the value and benefits of trees. Council meets four times a year. Three-year term. Visit hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw to download an application.