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Forestry

Forest management in the Pacific Island Area addresses a wide range of issues that impact our natural resources and the environment. These include watershed restoration and function, native forest restoration, wildlife habitat enhancement, invasive species, fire protection and fuels management, timber production, and a variety of agroforestry practices and systems. Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of interactive benefits that result from combining trees and shrubs with non-tree crops and/or livestock.

Forests with high diversity, low incidence of problematic invasive species, and structural complexity provide numerous critical environmental services. Such healthy forests support watershed function, reduce erosion and runoff impacts to reefs, provide critical habitat, protect soil, filter pollutants, and provide food, fiber, recreational, medicinal and cultural resources for society, among many other benefits. Healthy forests may also act as a resilient buffer against natural disasters such as wildfire and are needed in the global effort to combat climate change

PIA Practice Specifications Commonly Used on Forestland

Forestry Planning Tools

Vegetation Inventory and Design

Climate Data and Analysis

Guides, Technical Reports and Resources for Forest Planning

Propagation, Seedling Care, and Sourcing
Agroforestry
Weed Management and Control
Plant Information, Identification, and Databases
Timber and Plantation Forestry
Windbreaks and Shelterbelts
Fire and Fuels Management
Biochar
Riparian Buffers and Riparian Forest

Contact:

Mathew Cocking
State Forester
Phone: (808) 282-9975
Email: Mathew.Cocking@usda.gov