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Pacific Southwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest
Research Station

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Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest

The Hawaii Tropical Forest Recovery Act

A photo of a sign at the entrance of the Laupahoehoe Unit
A sign identifies the Laupāhoehoe section of the Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest. (U.S. Forest Service)

The Hawaii Tropical Forest Recovery Act was proposed by Senator Daniel Akaka and passed by Congress in September 1992. It calls for a joint effort between the Governor of Hawaii and the U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior to address the problems and opportunities facing Hawaii's forests.

Hawaii's forests cover about 2 million acres — or about half of the land area of the state. About 1 million acres, or half the forested land, are in private ownership.

The production of high-quality water is one of the most important aspects of these forested lands; healthy forested watersheds are the primary recharge area for the state's major streams and underground aquifers. Many other values are provided by Hawaii's forests, including scenic beauty and recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat and job opportunities.

In addition to creating the impetus for the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, the Hawaii Tropical Forest Recovery Act called for the HETF to be a model of research on tropical forestry, conservation biology and natural resource management, as well as a center for demonstration, education, training and outreach.

Last Modified: May 30, 2017 02:10:05 PM