December 26, 2021, 12:30 p.m. HST
* Updated December 27 at 7:54 a.m.
A number of new web and social media content managed by DLNR’s Forestry and Wildlife Division allow users to access island-specific information on trails, hunting, ecosystem protection and wildlife. plant and wildlife management.
The newly redesigned DOFAW website features a number of user-focused updates, including the ability to filter statewide information by island. For island-specific information, go to the DOFAW main pagehub and click on the menu option for “Island Hubs”.
âIn Hawai’i, it helps to be local,â DOFAW said in a public announcement. âThis is the guiding principle of new web content and social media. “
DOFAW is also developing community-driven social media accounts to highlight local volunteer opportunities and to celebrate the plants, animals and areas that make each island unique. These accounts, including the new O’ahu DOFAW and Kaua’i DOFAW Instagram accounts, are local additions to the department-wide Hawaiian DLNR accounts. Accounts relating to the forest resources of the island of Hawai’i or Maui Nui are under discussion.
âExperiencing nature is a very personal thing,â said David Smith, director of DOFAW. âLike all of our conservation work, it is rooted in the place. We want our awareness to reflect this and help people learn and care about their surroundings. “
DOFAW has also launched new online learning tools that enable exploration at home or in the classroom, including:
âIt’s also about fairness and accessibility for us,â Smith said. âWe want to remove some of the barriers people may face in taking advantage of public resources. “