The Renewable Natural Resources Extension Program at the University of Hawai‘i is a Targeted National Program supported primarily by Formula Funds from the USDA. The funds are authorized by Congress under the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA). The goals of RREA include development of a stewardship ethic, an appreciation of biodiversity, and a knowledge base that will sustain natural resources.

The program allocates funds to participating states based on periodically submitted and approved Plans of Work (POW). CSREES guidance includes six potential areas of focus: Forestland Management, Harvesting Marketing and Processing of Wood Products, Rangeland Management, Urban Forestry, Fish and Wildlife Management, Outdoor Recreation, and Environmental Management and Public Policy.

Hawaii’s current POW addresses primarily three of these; namely Forestland Management, Rangeland Management, and Urban Forestry. Plans of Work and overall program direction are designed with participation from a community-based Advisory Committee.

Hawaii's Natural Renewable Resources Extension program is administered through the Cooperative Extension Service, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai`i at Manoa.

Coordination, Management and Staff of the Hawaii RREA Program

Dr. J.B. Friday, State Coordinator

Jody Smith, Program Assistant

Program Advisory Committee

Bill Cowern, Hawaiiian Mahogany
Nick Dudley, Hawaii Agriculture Research Center
Mike Robinson, Dept. of Hawaiian Homelands

Correspondence Address

RREA Program
University of Hawai`i / CTAHR
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
1910 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Telephone: (808) 956-7530
Fax: (808) 956-6539