Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 605




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 605, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Legacy Land Conservation Commission


G.M. No. 605


for a term to expire 06-30-2022,


begs leave to report as follows:


Your Committee reviewed, the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by Frederick Warshauer for service on the Legacy Land Conservation Commission.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of Frederick Warshauer from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Molokai Land Trust, and one individual.


Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Mr. Warshauer's experience as a field biologist, commitment to public service, and proven leadership qualify him to be nominated for reappointment to the Legacy Land Conservation Commission as a member possessing scientific qualifications as evidenced by an academic degree in wildlife or marine biology, botany, forestry, ecology, resource management, biogeography, zoology, or geology. Your Committee notes that Mr. Warshauer has worked with native plants and vegetation throughout the State over the last forty-five years and worked in various roles for federal and local government, including as a Wildlife Biologist and Botanist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, a Coastal Zone Management Planner for the County of Hawaii, and Senior Research Associate for the United States Geological Survey, Pacific Islands Ecosystems Research Center.


Your Committee further notes that as a member of the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, Mr. Warshauer recently helped the staff of the Department of Land and Natural Resources plan and conduct a site visit to inspect the condition of property and resources acquired through a land acquisition grant. Testimony received in support of the nominee indicates that he is a great asset for assisting with further development and implementation of the monitoring component of the Legacy Land Conservation Program. His broad knowledge and deep experience in natural history and resource protection will continue to fill a valuable niche on the Commission.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water and Land that is attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nomination.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land,