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(a) Payments from the forest stewardship fund shall not exceed:
(1) Seventy-five per cent of the total cost of the landowner in developing an approved management plan; and
(2) Fifty per cent of the total cost of the landowner in implementing an approved management plan.
Total payments to any one landowner shall be determined by the board, and the reasonable value of material, goods, and services contributed toward the management plan by the landowner shall be included in determining the amount of the landowner's cost. The landowner shall be required to spend private funds before reimbursements are made. In-kind services such as heavy equipment and existing sources of labor may be utilized as a portion of the landowner's contribution in implementing the management plan that is consistent with this chapter.
(b) The board shall determine the appropriate reimbursement rate for making cost-share payments and the schedule of the payments after determining consistency with this chapter and giving appropriate consideration to:
(1) Protecting and enhancing key watershed areas in the public interest;
(2) Developing or adapting new forestry and conservation techniques for Hawaii;
(3) Providing rural employment and economic diversification opportunities; and
(4) Preserving or restoring especially valuable natural resources, including native plants, animals, and ecosystems.
(c) To receive funds under the forest stewardship program, an applicant shall:
(1) Be a landowner of privately managed forest land that is not managed under existing federal, state, or private sector financial and technical assistance programs and that is not recognized as a potential natural area reserve. Privately managed forest lands under existing federal, state, or private sector financial and technical assistance programs may be eligible for assistance under this program if the landowner agrees to comply with the requirements of the program or if forest management activities are expanded or enhanced to meet the requirements of this chapter;
(2) Prepare and submit a forest stewardship management plan as set forth in section 195F-5; and
(3) Enter into a program implementation agreement with the board upon approval of the forest stewardship management plan by the board for implementation of all or selected portions of the forest stewardship management plan. Upon approval of the program implementation agreement by the board, the applicant shall:
(A) Undertake and maintain the approved activities under the management plan for not fewer than ten years, unless the board approves modifications in the plan;
(B) Complete all approved activities under the program implementation agreement within the timetable agreed upon by the board and the landowner consistent with the intent of this chapter;
(C) Submit an annual progress report to be reviewed by the board for each year in which the landowner receives support under the program. This report shall detail accomplishments, areas requiring technical advice, and any proposed modifications of the management plan; and
(D) Meet any other conditions deemed necessary by the board to implement the purposes of this chapter.
(d) The board shall review the annual progress report and shall determine whether the landowner has met the objectives of the management plan. To facilitate the review, the department shall have the right to make inspections of the forest land after prior notice to the landowner. The board may approve alteration of the management plan to adapt to current conditions. Amendments to the management plan shall be available for public review.
(e) The board shall submit annually a detailed report to the governor and legislature that shall:
(1) Identify management objectives that have been completed on privately managed forest lands resulting from payments made pursuant to section 195F-4(a)(1) and provide an analysis of problems and issues encountered in meeting or failing to meet objectives as set forth in the management plans;
(2) Identify all reforestation, forest management, education, and training objectives that have been completed as a result of any expenditures made pursuant to section 195F-4(a)(2);
(3) Describe the financial condition of the fund, including receipts and expenditures from the previous fiscal year; and
(4) Set forth plans and management objectives for the next fiscal year.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Hawaii Revised Statutes Division 1. Government § 195F-6 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/hi/division-1-government/hi-rev-st-sect-195f-6/
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