The Hawai’i Forest Industry Training Project was made possible through a contract from the State of Hawai’i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Workforce Development Division Employment and Training Fund. For this project, HFIA organized workshops and assistance to train individuals and businesses involved in Hawaii’s expanding forest industry.
The project ran from October 1999 through June 2001 and provided instruction to 214 individuals statewide. Landowners, farmers, nursery operators, sawmill owners, managers, consultants, contractors and others participated in the sessions. Except for the harvesting classes, which were conducted only on the island of Hawai’i, all modules were held on both Kaua’i and Hawai’i. Additionally, the Superior Tree Identification class was offered on O’ahu and Maui.
These courses were offered:
- Logging and Harvesting
- Nursery Skills
- Road Maintenance
- Superior Tree Identification and Seed Collection
- Tree Farm Establishment
- Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife
- Hawai’i Agriculture Research Center
- Hawai’i Forestry and Communities Initiative/Na Hoa Mahi’ai
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- U.H. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
- U.H.H. College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management