Mike Robinson, President
Lloyd Jones,Vice President
Mats Fogelvik, Secretary
Promoting the Health and Productivity of Hawaii's Forests
In 2003, the Hawai`i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) formed the Hawai`i Forest Institute (HFI), a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. The purpose of the Institute is to improve and promote the health and productivity of Hawaii's forests through:
-Scientific research in forestry, reforestation,forest species,forest habitats and forest products;
-Educational programs in forestry management practices and forestry related enterprises;
-Other charitable and scientific and educational endeavours related to forestry
Accomplishments to Date
The Hawai`i Forest Institute was created by a diverse group of volunteers who work together to promote awareness of the intrinsic value of Hawaii's forests to the Hawaiian and global community. The Board comprises individuals who provide knowledgeable contributions in the areas of conservation, forest industry, science, environmental and cultural education, organizational governance and academic research.
Working together, HFI has accomplished the following:
- Board development through discussions, meetings and workshops;
- Establishment of a funding matrix for the purpose of meeting the goals of HFI's mandate and to establish proactive fund seeking for targeted projects;
- In partnership with HFIA, engaged an administrator;
- Sought funds for further organizational development, which includes creation of a three year work plan to reach tangible goals; and
- Successfully attained funding for, and published the first two issues of the Hawai'i Forest Journal, a publication for environmental stewardship. As well, HFI has embarked on initiation and support of several other projects as listed below.
Hawai'i Forest Institute Projects to Date:
-Tommy Crabbe Scholarship Fund
-HFIA Land Clearing Workshop
-Ka`üpülehu Dryland Forest
-Hawai`i Forest Journal-A Publication for Environmental Stewardship
How You Can Help
The Hawai'i Forest Institute provides an opportunity for all of us to make charitable contributions to help promote the health and productivity of forests in Hawai'i. If you would like to find out more about the Hawai'i Forest Institute, please contact HFI Administrator, Heather Gallo.
Introducing Newly Appointed HFIA Director, James Quinn
April's HFIA Association ENews introduces you to
James(Jim) E. Quinn. Jim is a newly elected HFIA Board member. He has been active in the forest products industry since 1965. Prior to beginning in sawmilling in 1975, he worked in the Pulp and Paper Division of Crown Zellerbach Corporation for ten years.
Jim was President of The Collins Companies for 12 years during which time the company became the first in the US to gain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for timberland management practices. He was recognized by Global Green US with their annual Environmental Leadership in Industry award in 1997 and was selected as timber "Man of the Year" by Timber Processing Magazine in 1998.
Jim is currently a Member Manager (co-owner) of Hawaii Island Hardwoods LLC (HIH). HIH is a start-up company in Hawai'i that focuses on the manufacturing and marketing of high value hardwood lumber products from locally grown species. Currently, the mill has Eucalyptus Saligna and Robusta, Toona Ciliata (Toon), Nepal Alder, Koa and Ohia in lumber inventory plus 4X8 cabinet grade plywood with certified core and E. saligna faces. The company possesses Chain of Custody certification from Scientific Certification Systems under the Forest Stewardship Council. A solar/gas dry kiln is on site near Hilo and should be in operation by mid-May.
Jim holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and a Masters degree in Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University.
2008 Conferences and Events
As part of our 2008 services for members, we will be posting conferences and events of interest throughout the year.
If you have any other suggestions for conferences please send them to us and we will post them for members. Mahalo to members who have provided event information !
Land Clearing Options for Hawaii's Landowners
New Technologies for Getting the Job Done
HFIA and HFI invite you to attend this exciting workshop on June 7, 2008 in Hilo.
Challenging Times Winning Strategies
PricewaterhouseCoopers' 21st Annual Global Forest and Paper Industry Conference
May 8, 2008
Furniture 08: State of the Craft
The Furniture Society Annual Conference
June 18-21 2008
Purchase College, Purchase New York
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Mahalo New and Renewing Members
Mike Lindstrom-Sales, Specialty Forest Products, Inc.
Don Bryan-CEO/President, Tradewinds Forest Products, LLC .
Carol Akimoto- Woodcraft
Bart Potter-Owner, C. Barton Potter Co.
Frank Pullano-Owner, Frank Pullano Woodworking
Les Goya-Vice President, Queen Emma Land Foundation
Josh Goldstein-Graduate Student, Stanford University
Judy Hancock-Kalopi Forest Project
Adiyan Hara-Kauai's Hindu Monastary
Thomas A. Loudat
Liba Pejchar-Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
Marian M. Yasuda
Guy Gilliland-Member Representative, Hamakua Biomass Holding
Your Membership Counts
-Issues of HFIA's monthly e-newsletter;
-Monthly Articles of Interest linking you to articles about various happenings throughout the State of Hawai`i;
-The quarterly Agriculture Hawai`i magazine;
-The opportunity to list your business in HFIA's website Resource Guide and Directory;
-The opportunity to rent a space in HFIA's Honolulu Inter-Island Airport Display;
-The opportunity to vote in the election for the Board of Directors and an invitation to mingle with fellow members at the Annual General Membership meeting; and
-A special invitation to the Hawaii's WoodshowTM opening night reception.
Your dues also help support HFIA's many programs and activities:
Advocacy: A voice at the legislature and in public forums promoting policies and actions which will foster healthy and productive forests;
Forest Science: Demonstration of techniques to restore and protect species in dryland native forests;
Information Exchange: In addition to the monthly newsletter and Articles of Interest, public symposia have been sponsored by HFIA as well as participating in exhibitions, conferences, and special events;
Marketing: Research into market strategies for commodity wood products and fine crafted products have resulted in the implementation of the Hawaii's WoodTM brand and the related creation of marketing materials and tools; and
Education and Training: Workshops for woodworkers featuring nationally-known guest woodworkers are held annually; Opportunities for professional improvement for loggers, landowners and managers, and others.
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Department of Land and Natural Reosurces :
Resource Protection Means Laws Need Change
A bed and breakfast operation cuts down mature forest trees on state land that are blocking their customer's view of the ocean. A man building a nine-hole golf course on his estate grades state land next to his property, leaving dirt exposed to run down to the adjacent bay and reef. Poachers cut down and steal a mature koa tree on state land with a market value of $50,000. A landowner installs an irrigation system that extends his lawn into a public beach area, giving it the appearance of private property.
What do all these actions have in common? They are real life examples of resource damage that have been witnessed by Department of Land and Natural Resources Foresters and Conservation officers; they took place on state land; they damaged our natural resources and environment; and they violated state law.
They also have one other thing in common: the maximum penalty DLNR can impose under law for an offense on unencumbered state land is only $500.
If we want people to take resource protection seriously, then we have to change the law.
The Lingle-Aiona Administration has submitted three key bills this session that will increase penalties for people violating laws that protect our natural resources, environment and public lands. The goal is to encourage people to respect and protect our resources, and to consider stewardship responsibilities a normal part of doing business in our state.
Our first bill seeks to protect resources on unencumbered state land -- primarily forests and coastal areas that are owned by the state of Hawaii. Currently, people who violate laws for these lands face a maximum penalty of $500 per violation. HB 3178 creates penalties for first-, second- and third-time violators, with a maximum fine of $10,000. More importantly, in cases of natural resource theft, it allows the Land Board to impose a higher fine that takes into account the market value of the resource stolen; and in cases of resource damage, requires the perpetrator to help restore the land back to its natural state.
Our second bill seeks to protect resources in the Conservation District -- mostly private lands within our essential forests and watersheds that safeguard our drinking water supply and prevent erosion and runoff that would devastate our near shore waters and reefs. The current $2,000 maximum fine for violating Conservation District laws has not been raised in more than a decade. HB 3177 proposes raising the maximum penalty for violating our Conservation District laws to $10,000.
Our third bill seeks to protect our fragile coral reef ecosystem. The law currently imposes a maximum $5,000 fine per specimen of endangered coral destroyed. The problem is, our reef fish and ocean ecosystem rely upon all corals, some of which are not endangered. Moreover, in some cases the destruction is so complete that it's impossible to determine how many "specimens" of coral were destroyed. HB 3176 addresses these issues by allowing DLNR to impose a $5,000 penalty per square meter of coral destroyed.
These three bills will give DLNR's professional foresters, aquatic biologists and conservation officers the tools they need to enforce existing laws to protect our environment and public lands. The House swiftly approved all three measures and passed them to the Senate, where they have been amended, which will require the House and Senate to discuss the bills in conference committee at the end of session.
If you support providing DLNR with a real ability to enforce and protect our natural resources, please contact the Committee Chairs, Representative Ken Ito at 586-8470 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Senator Clayton Hee at 586-7330 or email@example.com, and ask them to pass these essential measures.
Laura H. Thielen
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Reprinted from April 10, 2008
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The Hawai'i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Hawai'i in 1989. Founded by and for people interested and directly involved in managing and maintaining healthy, sustainable, productive forests, HFIA has a diverse membership of over 200 individuals and businesses including: woodworkers, forestry professionals, sawyers, ecotourism operators, educators, environmentalists, government officials and interested citizens.
HFIA is primarily a volunteer-based organization, with a small staff on the Big Island and two independent contractors on Oahu. The Board of Directors includes eight Island Directors and nine At-Large Directors.
Since its inception, HFIA has promoted active public awareness of Hawaii's unique forest resources. As reflected in its diverse membership, HFIA is extraordinary for its founding premise that sustainability is based on an encompassing acknowledgement of the environmental, aesthetic, cultural/historical and economic aspects of this resource. We welcome you to join us.