- HILO – Department of Land and Natural Resources chair Suzanne Case affirmed the state’s philosophy on fencing and ungulate removal during her keynote address at the 23rd Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference in Hilo, but she also left the door open for hunters to participate in adaptive management of resources.
- Case drew applause when she said “we need to be clear” that the DLNR will use fencing and invasive species control where the “priorities are the protection of the most pristine forests”.
- Case also drew applause when she said designated Game Management Areas need to be enhanced for the hunting public.
- Case used Pu’u Wa’a Wa’a as a good example of forest preservation and game management.
- Case called for the use of adaptive game management plans in order to be “more flexible and responsive to what hunters are seeing.”