Welcome to HawaiÊ»i Forest Tracks
Welcome to Hawai’i Forest Tracks,Â providing current and historic information aboutÂ Hawaii’s forests.Â Our aim is toÂ bring you a broad range of news pertaining to Hawaii’s forests and forest industries. From historic information, to industry, to the environments and the people that help make Hawaii’s forests and forest industry grow–we’re tracking national and international information for our readers.
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Helpful HawaiÊ»i Resources
Hawai’i Forest Links will keep you posted on the historic background, latest news and current events about Hawaii’s forests. Also, we are providing links to other important sites and places that you can explore for research and getting an up-close look at some of Hawaii’s forest resources and a big picture, statewide look at Hawaii’s forest industry.
We welcome your input as well in keeping people informed aboutÂ statewide projects, big and small–continuing andÂ growing the tradition ofÂ Hawaii’s forestÂ industry.
Forest Ecosystem Services
“EcosystemÂ Services are commonly defined as benefits people obtain from ecosystems.Â The MillenniumÂ Ecosystem Assessment â€“ a four-year United Nations assessment of theÂ condition and trends of the worldâ€™s ecosystems – categorizes ecosystem servicesÂ as:
- Provisioning Services or the provision of food, fresh water, fuel, fiber, and other goods;
- Regulating Services such as climate, water, and disease regulation as well as pollination;
- Supporting Services such as soil formation and nutrient cycling; and
- Cultural Services such as educational, aesthetic, and cultural heritage values as well asÂ recreation and tourism.”
This excerpt from the United States Department of Agriculture website explains the broadÂ roles ecosystems play in our lives–Hawaii Forest Tracks takes it one step further by exploring the ecosystems of forests inÂ Hawaii. Join us toÂ discover the many layers of these contributionsÂ through historic information, news and feedback.