State agency hopes to sell carbon offset credits linked to reforestation
By Andrew Gomes firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 22, 2017
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The land on the upper slopes of Haleakala on Maui that the DLNR is replanting includes 43,000 acres of grasslands within the Kahikinui State Forest Reserve, above, and Nakula Natural Area Reserve, areas once dominated by koa and ohia trees later devastated by animal grazing.
DLNR issued a request for proposals last week to find a nonprofit to establish and maintain a forest on about 4,700 acres of already-fenced land within the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve on Hawaii island.
After installing seven miles of fencing and removing 700 invasive animals on the upper slopes of Haleakala, the Department of Land and Natural Resources — along with public and private partners — has planted 71,000 trees and 45,500 native plant seedlings, for which it plans to sell carbon offset credits.