Learn more about the County of Hawaiʻi Native Forest Dedication Program

Did you know that the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division has expanded its Native Forest Dedication Program with improved financial incentives and expanded choices for preservation and restoration projects? With five categories to choose from, dedicating land to native forest has never been easier as eligible landowners now have more options to qualify for the property tax incentives offered by the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division.

In addition, the Real Property Tax Division has created new resources that are specifically designed to support Hawaiʻi County landowners who participate in this newly updated program. New resources include a native, non-native/non-invasive plant species list, a list of nurseries where native plants can be purchased, and a management plan template document that landowners can use to develop their own native forest management plan without the help of a certified natural resource management professional. To learn more about this program and what you can do to get involved, please visit the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division website at: http://www.hawaiipropertytax.com/ for more information.

WATCH THE WEBINAR ABOVE TO LEARN MORE! You can also read about the background of developing this program in the Mar-Apr 2022 Ke Ola Magazine story: https://keolamagazine.com/sustainability/native-forest-dedication-program

DO I QUALIFY? Check out this [FLOWCHART] to see if you meet the criteria.

  • The new functional forest and successional forest land-use dedication categories provides Hawaiʻi County landowners with more options to qualify for property tax incentives.
  • A plant species list with 68 native and 66 carefully selected non-native/non-invasive plant species can help individuals determine what types of plants they can incorporate into their native forest restoration endeavors. This plant species list with descriptions is available on the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division website at: [Plant Species List]
  • A native plant nursery list which includes an alphabetical directory of Big Island nurseries that specialize in selling and distributing native plants, including their contact information. The native plant nursery list is available on the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division website at: [Nursery List]
  • A management plan template document that is intended to provide landowners with a simple step-by-step guide on how to dedicate land to one of three native forest dedications, and to take the guesswork out of developing a native forest management plan. The management plan template document is available at the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division website at: [Management Plan Template]
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