Provides forest stewardship fund  for reforestation and
maintenance of harvested plantation areas; enhancement of public
forest reserves; and development of environmental education and
training programs for the public.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.424        
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT


 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that a sustainable forest
 2 products industry can help revitalize rural economies and expand
 3 local business activities after the downsizing of Hawaii's sugar
 4 industry.  This can be done without compromising, and in fact
 5 will be enhancing the watershed and native resource values of our
 6 public forest reserves.  Responsible management and utilization
 7 of public forests resources are integral components of a
 8 sustainable forest products industry.  Although the forest
 9 reserve system was set up to be as self-sustaining as possible,
10 public land managers have no authority to use revenue from timber
11 and other forest products to fund essential forest management
12 work.  Existing budgets allow for only sixty acres per year to be
13 harvested and reforested sustainably.  Thus, the commercial
14 management of public forests makes little contribution to the
15 recovery and growth of Hawaii's economy.  Reforestation and other
16 essential forest management projects must be funded if
17 sustainable commercial harvesting operations are to contribute
18 significantly to the management of the forest reserve system and
19 to the economy.  A portion of the value derived from the use of
20 existing forest resources should be reinvested in order to

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 1 reforest and manage harvested areas and to more effectively
 2 manage other forest resources within the forest reserve system.
 3 Revenues derived from the harvest of plantation and naturalized
 4 non-native forest resources can support the reforestation and
 5 management of harvested areas, and also contribute to the
 6 enhanced management of native forest resources and critical
 7 watersheds.  Harvesting operations will create jobs and demand
 8 for value added processing facilities.  This can all be
 9 accomplished without negatively impacting existing general funds
10 revenue or existing native forest resources.  The public will
11 respond more favorably to the use of its plantation and
12 naturalized non-native forest resources if funds derived from
13 harvesting can be reinvested into our forests.  Funding must also
14 be provided for environmental education and training programs
15 that illustrate the need for responsible and sustainable forest
16 management.
17      The purposes of this Act are to:
18      (1)  Provide for the reforestation and maintenance of
19           harvested plantation areas on state lands;
20      (2)  Enhance the management of public forest reserves in
21           order to improve Hawaii's natural environment and
22           economy; and
23      (3)  Develop environmental education and training programs

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 1           for the public.
 2      This will be funded through the reinvestment of income
 3 derived from the harvesting of forest products from state lands
 4 and the sale of tree seedlings from state nurseries.
 5      SECTION 2.  Section 195F-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 6 amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
 7      "(a)  There is established a special fund within the state
 8 treasury known as the forest stewardship fund from which payments
 9 shall be made by the board [pursuant]:
10      (1)  Pursuant to agreements entered into with qualified
11           landowners to further the purposes of this chapter[.];
12           and
13      (2)  To accomplish the following activities with income
14           received from forest reserves and products thereof, or
15           the sale of tree seedlings from the state nurseries:
16           (A)  Replant and maintain designated timber management
17                areas;
18           (B)  Enhance the management of public forest reserves;
19                and
20           (C)  Develop environmental education and training
21                programs pertaining to sustainable forestry."
22      SECTION 3.  Section 195F-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
23 amended by amending subsection (e) to read as follows:

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 1      "(e)  The board shall submit annually a detailed report to
 2 the governor and legislature setting forth reforestation,
 3 management, education, and training objectives that have been
 4 completed, as a result of any payments made pursuant to section
 5 195F-4(a), an analysis of problems and issues encountered in
 6 meeting or failing to meet objectives as set forth in the
 7 management plans, the financial condition of the fund, and
 8 management objectives for the next year."
 9      SECTION 4.  Section 183-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
10 amended to read as follows:
11      "183-16  Income from forest reserve.  In case any moneys
12 accrue from any forest reserve, the products thereof, or the sale
13 of tree seedlings from state nurseries, the moneys shall be
14 deposited [with the state director of finance to the credit of
15 the general fund.] in the forest stewardship fund for the
16 purposes of:
17      (1)  Replanting, managing, and maintaining designated timber
18           management areas;
19      (2)  Enhancing the management of public forest reserves; and
20      (3)  Developing environmental education and training
21           programs pertaining to sustainable forestry; provided
22           that funding for the purposes described in paragraphs
23           (2) and (3) may not occur unless the activities

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 1           described in paragraph (1) are fully funded."
 2      SECTION 5.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 3 New statutory material is underscored.
 4      SECTION 6.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.
 6                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________