On September 14, the state Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the purchase of 2,800 acres of conservation and agricultural lands in Wahiawa from Dole Food Company, Inc., for $15 million. The lands are slated for a variety of uses, including camping, forestry, and habitat restoration for the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat. The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will now hold public hearings on adding them to the `Ewa forest reserve.
“This has been a very heavy lift,” DOFAW administrator Dave Smith told the board. Smith said his division had been . . .
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