Results and Accomplishments
In late 2004, the Army, together with the Trust for Public Land, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, State, federal, and county agencies, and private conservation groups, formed a consortium called the O’ahu Conservation Partnership (OCP), whose mission is to protect and restore O’ahu’s natural areas and open spaces.
The group is combining resources to develop a Geographic Information Systems-based tool (GIS) to assess the relative value of natural resources when setting protection priorities. The Partnership has identified 12,876 acres of land that could potentially be acquired by conservation organizations. Four large properties in these areas are likely to be available in the near future and discussion has begun between landowners and OCP members. Partners estimate that approximately one thousand acres will be protected in 2005 with funding from city, state, federal, and military sources.