To continue to promote, allow for growth beyond the current program, as well as to better administer the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, the DLNR, is seeking competitive sealed proposals from eligible applicants to oversee and implement all aspects of the Kaulunani program in conjunction with the DLNR and and the U.S. Forest Service. Applications will be received up to 4:00 P.M. HST on May 6, 2009
The Urban and Community Forestry program is a U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) federal assistance program authorized as part of the Forestry Title of the 1996 Farm Bill passed by the 101st Congress. The purposes of the Urban and Community Forestry Program are to: 1) improve understanding of the benefits of preserving existing tree cover in urban areas and communities; 2) encourage owners of private residences and commercial properties to maintain trees and expand forest cover on their properties; 3) provide educational programs and technical assistance to States and local organizations (including community associations and schools) to maintain forested lands and individual trees in urban and community settings as well as identify appropriate tree species and sites for expanding forest cover; 4) implement tree planting programs to complement urban and community tree maintenance and open space programs; 5) promote the establishment of demonstration projects in selected urban community settings to illustrate the benefits of maintaining and creating forest cover and trees; 6) promote the understanding and practice of technically sound urban forest and tree maintenance; and 7) expand existing research and educational efforts intended to improve understanding of urban tree growth and maintenance, tree physiology and morphology, species adaptations, urban forest ecology, and the economic, environmental, social, and psychological benefits of trees and forest cover in urban and community environments.
The State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) administers the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program (www.kaulunani.org) for the State of Hawaii with assistance from the USFS. The Kaulunani program as administer under DLNR has been successful in fulfilling the overall goals of the federal program through grants to community organizations that promote urban tree care and improve the urban forest environment for the residents of Hawaii. To continue to promote program, allow for growth beyond the current program, as well as to better administer the Kaulunani program, DLNR is seeking competitive sealed proposals from eligible Applicants to oversee and implement all aspects of the Kaulunani program in conjunction with DLNR and USFS.