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Newly created Honouliuli Forest Reserve seeks to protect native Oahu forest

DLNR Director Laura Thielen DLNR Director Laura Thielen

KUNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A huge chunk of land in leeward Oahu will be protected from development. The price: $4.3 million. The Trust for Public Land bought the nearly 3,600 acres of land from the James Campbell Company last year. Wednesday the trust gave it to the state.

The Honouliuli Forest Reserve, between Pearl Harbor and the Waianae mountain range is home to 35 endangered species. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will work to protect the native forests with public and private funding.

"We have done a great job over the last decade in working together to find resources to help preserve land, to buy it or to place permanent easements on it. And today's dedication, the theme is no task is too big when done together by all" said DLNR director Laura Thielen.

The reserve is also home to the watershed feeding Oahu's largest source of drinking water.

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