Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed bills into law today to inventory ceded lands and to establish a new public land development corporation.
The inventory is intended to help the state have an accurate database of ceded lands, former crown lands transferred to the federal government and then to the state. The public land development corporation, which will be under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, is being created to make optimal use of public land, including new recreational and leisure projects. The corporation is expected to launch a culturally sensitive public land development program.
“It will be the development arm of the DLNR,” Abercrombie said.