Preservation of agricultural lands focus of workshop

The public is invited to a workshop exploring strategies and financial incentives to preserve Hawaii’s agricultural lands from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Iao United Church of Christ’s Kanda Hall, 2371 Vineyard St. in Wailuku.

The Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council has been working with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and partners from around the state to bring this workshop to Maui, according to an announcement.

“This workshop will be of interest to landowners and people dedicated to caring for Maui’s agricultural lands,” said Jean Brokish, executive director for the council.

The morning session will include an overview of land-preservation tools, including conservation easements and important agriculture lands designation, and information on a variety of available funding sources.

The afternoon session will include discussions with presenters, including representatives from federal, state and county agencies, local land trusts and conservation organizations, and landowners who have decided to preserve their land.

A $20 pre-registration fee is required and covers refreshments and lunch. Participants may register at (follow the “read more” link on the featured projects at the top). Questions about the workshop or the registration process may be directed to Brokish at (808) 622-9026.