Workshop On Saving Ag Lands

The nonprofit Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council has scheduled a daylong workshop for June 7 in Kahuku on saving and caring for island agricultural lands.

The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Turtle Bay Resort’s Kahuku 1 Ballroom and is open to all interested residents. Participants will learn how to achieve landowner and community goals by using federal, state and county funds.

Guest speakers, landowners and other preservation experts will be attend to share their experience on the theme “Preservation and Stewardship of Hawaii’s Agriculture Lands.”

They include Lea Hong of Trust for Public Land on “Why Ag Lands Are Important” and attorney Tom Pierce on “Land Preservation Tools: Conservation Easements and Important Agricultural Land.”

Panels also will address supportive programs and local land trusts, with Doug Cole of the North Shore Community Land Trust present. The resort’s Drew Stotesbury will speak on “Creating a Legacy,” and a roundtable discussion will cover legal questions, program management, paperwork, public/private farming partnerships, and leaving a personal legacy.

Fee is $20, which includes materials, refreshments and lunch. Registration deadline is June 5. Visit or call Oahu RC&D at 622-9026.

The group plans similar workshops on Molokai, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii island.