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State, feds to team up to protect Hawaii forests

The state this week expects to announce a partnership with federal agencies to help landowners and managers protect forest lands.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and William Aila, the director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, plan to sign an agreement on the issue at the governor’s office on Thursday.

Kathleen Dobler, the deputy director of natural resources for the Conservation Service Pacific Islands Area is expected to participate, as is Wesley Nohara, the president of the Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts.

Caitlyn Pollihan, the executive director of Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, and John Lindelow of Ahu Lani Sanctuary, are also due to sign the memorandum of understanding.

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