Legacy Land Conservation Program seeks applicants for land acquisition funding

The Molokai Land Trust obtained $767,976 from the Legacy Lands Conservation Program to help with the purchase of Kawaikapu Ranch on the East End in 2009. Photo courtesy of Colette Machado

DLNR News Release

The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Legacy Land Conservation Program is seeking applicants for grants from the State Land Conservation Fund to fund the protection, through acquisition, of lands having value as a resource to the State of Hawaii.

The Legacy Land Conservation Program provides an annual source of funding for the acquisition and conservation of watersheds; coastal areas, beaches, and ocean access; habitat protection; cultural and historic sites; recreational and public hunting areas; parks; natural areas; agricultural production; and open spaces and scenic resources.

On Molokai, This program was first used to protect 168 acres of Kip Dunbar’s Kainalu Ranch on Molokai’s southeastern shore with an agricultural conservation easement through the Maui Coastal Land Trust. Dunbar sold the property to the land trust for $2.3 million, making it permanently protected from development.

About two years later, in December of 2009, The Molokai Land Trust obtained $767,976 from the Legacy Lands Conservation Program and $480,000 from Maui County to complete the purchase of the 196.4-acre Kawaikapu Ranch on Molokai’s East End.

In 2010, Molokai benefited from a $500,000 award, in part from the Legacy Land Conservation Program, to protect over 614 acres of Molokai’s critical watershed and prevent erosion damage to near-shore coral reef ecosystems and historic Hawaiian fishponds.

State agencies, county agencies, and non-profit land conservation organizations may apply. Proposed projects may include acquisition of fee title or conservation easements. County agencies and non-profit project applicants must be able to provide at least 25 percent of the total project costs. On average, funded projects usually bring about 65 percent matching funds from federal, county, or private sources.

This year, applicants are advised of an early deadline for a new requirement that includes a consultation with state agencies. Starting today, the 2012-2013 grant application and instructions are available at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/llcp. Application summaries must be submitted to consulting state agencies by Aug. 3, and full applications must be received or postmarked no later than 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 17.

The 2012-2013 application cycle may provide approximately $2.5 million in grants, awarded through a competitive process and subject to any budget restrictions. Funding is available through a portion of the state’s land conveyance tax set aside annually in the Land Conservation Fund for the purpose of protecting Hawaii’s unique and valuable resource lands. Project applications will be reviewed by the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, which will nominate projects for funding.

Projects are subject to the approval of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, consultation with the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, review by the Department of the Attorney General and the approval of the Governor. Final awards are subject to the availability of funds.

For more information on the Legacy Land Conservation Program, visit
http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/llcp or call 808-586-0921.


One Response

  1. what a gorgeous piece of the aina- pretty nice folks at kawaikapu ranch from what i recall too.

    wonder if this new round of funding is why a few of the largest parcels that were listed on moloka’i have been pulled off the market… or maybe not.

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