Hawaiâ€›i Forest TracksÂ was created by Deborah Griffiths and Steve Smith to provideÂ Â information and news relevantÂ Â to Hawaii’s forests and toÂ the numerous (environmental, recreationalÂ and commercial endeavors) industries connected to the forests.
As well, we explore ongoing efforts to study and improveÂ Hawaii’s forest environments and the eco-services they provide.Â Join us !
Deb Griffiths is an author and curator. Most recently, she co-authored Watershed Moments-A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District, published by Harbour Publishing and third prize winner for the British Columbia Historical Writing Lieutenant Governor’s Award. She has been a museum curator and director in the central Okanagan and Vancouver Island BC for over 25 years. On April 4, 2017, Self-Counsel Press Int. released her new book The Grant Writing and Funding Coach, listed as a BC publisher’s top seller. She’s also written numerous historic storylines for exhibitions, newspaper articles, a non-fiction children’s book on fossil discoveries and two novels.Â
In 2001, she became an independent contractor and began GNG Communications.
Endlessly curious about natural and social history, she has focused on Vancouver Island and the Hawai’i Islands as places to explore, research and be with family over the past twenty five years. Her interest in co-creating this blog is to contribute to the advancement of information about Hawaiiâ€™s forests and forest industries. She has an MA from Royal Roads University.
Stephen E.S. Smith, or â€œSteveâ€, as his friendsÂ and colleagues call himâ€”is a fourth generation resident of Hawaiâ€›i. Steve has a long family history in Hawaiâ€›i and a lifelong interest, appreciation and dedication to the forests and forest industry of Hawaiâ€›i. He has been involved in the planning, development,Â implementation and management of both large and small-scale agricultural and silvicultural projects inÂ Hawaiâ€›i, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific for nearly 35 years.
Steve attended Hawaiâ€™i Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, Wesleyan University-C0nnecticut, University of the Americas-Mexico, University of California-Berkeley, and graduated from the University of Hawaii-Manoa with a BA in Psychology.Â He has completed a variety of advanced business management training programs focusing on public relations, marketing, accounting and finance.
SteveÂ began the forestry portion of his careerÂ in 1982Â workingÂ inÂ harvesting, milling, salesÂ and managementÂ forÂ a family owned Hawaiian hardwood, salvage logging operation on Kaua’i.Â Â InÂ 1994, Â heÂ became owner/principal of â€œForestry Management Consultants -Hawaiâ€™iâ€ (FMCH), a sole proprietorship.
FMCHÂ has provided consultingÂ and operational servicesÂ to numerous private clientsÂ including, but not limited to, Timber Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs) such asÂ PruTimber, HancockÂ Timber Resource Group, and GMO Renewable Resources; Â major forestry advisory firms such as Hawaii Agricultural Research Center,Â Forest Solutions, Inc., Jaakko Poyry Consulting (North America), and Jaakko Poyry Consulting (Asia Pacific) Pty Ltd.;Â as well as operatingÂ entities such as AAction Tree Farm, Cleaves and Company Biomass, EuroStar Group and Menasha Corporation -Â Forest Products Group.
He is a founding Board Member of the Hawaiâ€™i Forest Industry Association and served on its Board of Directors from 1989 throughÂ 2007. He served five terms as President.