Pledge by State of Hawaii
State of HawaiiTotal Trees Pledged: 100,000,000
Supporting actions: Avoided Deforestation, Nursery Development, Data and Technological Tools, Science and Technical Assistance, Tree Protection through Management, Forest Product Markets and Innovation, Workforce Development, Environmental Education,
With the aim of protecting and restoring the ecological and cultural services provided by our forests, the State of Hawai‘i is honored to make a pledge of 10,000,000 trees a year for a total of 100,000,000 trees to be conserved, restored, or grown by 2030. Through the work of our state departments and partners these actions will contribute to the state’s net-negative carbon goal. In 2017 our forests sequestered 2.69 Million Metric Tons of carbon dioxide. It is our challenge and our pledge to increase this by 2030.
Forest carbon projects withdraw the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and store it in trees and other biomass to mitigate global climate change. We will permanently conserve 43,000 acres of forest and we will build conservation fences to protect an additional 106,816 acres of forest from feral ungulates in our watersheds to ensure this number grows, with the additional goals of protecting our sustainable supply of drinking water and improving water quality. Restoring and protecting the healthy ecosystems of our native plants and animals and coral reefs will take place within systems which perpetuate Native Hawaiian culture.
The state has directed funding to nursery improvements so that we can ramp up efforts to meet the target production and planting of 50,000 trees annually. These trees will grow the footprint of our forests and green our urban landscapes. Forests sequester CO2 in larger quantities and for longer periods of time than any other land use and converting degraded land to forest will increase the amount of carbon stored. Additionally, reforestation will return ecosystem services such as freshwater purification and replenishment, soil protection, biodiversity protection, and recreational experiences to otherwise unused landscapes. The state is investing in research and action in biosecurity to protect the health of our forests and to prevent the future entry of invasive species.
We will continue to work with private partners through our watershed partnerships, the forest stewardship program and directly to ensure privately held forested lands are protected through natural resource management, conservation easements or acquisition by the state. We will continue to work with our federal partners to raise funds for the purchase of priority forests to bring them into permanent conservation under state protection.
Hawaii Department of Defense, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Department of Transportation, Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships, US Forest Service
Acres: 106,816 / Trees: 23,655,123
Acres: 46,000 / Trees: 10,187,010
The state of Hawaii is dedicated to the protection and restoration of native forests. Hawaii's 30x30 watershed protection goal highlights the importance of protecting existing forests first. By protecting priority watersheds through fence projects, Hawaii is investing in the long term stewardship of these areas. Carbon forest projects select only ecologically relevant species that provide multiple co benefits and encourage natural regeneration and restoration of ecosystem functionality. The natural resource field teams that care for and restore our native areas construct conservation fences to ensure the exclusion of invasive ungulates that are detrimental to Hawaii’s native ecosystems via the damage they inflict on both vegetation structure and composition. Our urban and community forestry program, Kaulunani, functions under the mantra of "right tree, right place, right care". The purpose of Kaulunani is to strengthen the capacity of communities to plan for, establish, manage and protect trees, forests, and green spaces across Hawaii. Through these actions and through supporting relationships among people and trees, this program provides social, economic, ecological, and health benefits to Hawaii’s communities. It supports collaboration across governmental, private, non-profit, and community-based organizations to improve the biocultural well-being of communities and the ecosystems they inhabit.