|The state and U.S. Forestry are promoting partnerships with Hawai'i schools to plant more trees.|
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TREE CANOPIES FOR HAWAI'I COMMUNITIES AND SCHOOLS are being encouraged by the state Department of Land & Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and educational institutions. The aim is to advance the Hawai'i Forest Action Plan priorities in Urban & Community Forestry and to contribute toward the State of Hawai'i's pledge to conserve, restore or grow 100 million trees by 2030.
Dr. Heather McMillen, DLNR's Division of Forestry & Wildlife's Kaulunani Urban & Community Forest Program Coordinator, announced partnerships with public schools this week to promote shadier, more tree-filled campuses and healthier learning environments for our next generation of leaders. "Studies
One project, operated by Hawai'i Public Health Institute's Food Trees for Schools Initiative, aims to plant and maintain food trees at public schools, potentially impacting nearly 15,000 students. Another, sponsored by University of Hawai'i, is called 'Ulu Trees for Schools, and is starting on O'ahu.
See more on encouraging tree canopies in villages, towns and cities in Hawai'i at https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/forestry/lap/kaulunani/http://COHcodeupdate.com.
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A statement on the OHCD website says, "Increasing the availability and accessibility of affordable housing remains Mayor Mitch Roth’s top priority. In June 2022, the Council passed, and Mayor Roth signed Ordinance 22-77, which appropriates at least $5,000,000 per year for the Office of Housing & Community Development to facilitate programs that support affordable housing production. For fiscal year 2022-23, the OHCD will receive $9,000,000."
The comment period on the new rules is open from Jan. 20 through Feb. 21. The draft can be viewed,https://www.housing.hawaiicounty.gov/grants-funding/affordable-housing-production-program-ahap.
A public hearing will be held Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. in person and via zoom. The location is 1990 Kino'ole St, Conference Room 104 in Hilo. To participate via Zoom register at https://www.housing.hawaiicounty.gov/grants-funding/affordable-housing-production-program-ahap.
Written comments can be submitted via email to email@example.com by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. Mail to OHCD, 1990 Kino'ole St., Suite 102, Hilo, Hi 86720-5293. See more at https://www.housing.hawaiicounty.gov/.
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