The Lāna'i Forest and Watershed Partnership ensures the future supply of water for the island of Lāna'i, as well as protecting the health of near-shore waters, fisheries and beaches.
In 2001, eleven partners representing state, federal and private interests signed the Lāna'i Forest and Watershed Partnership Agreement. The result of almost two years of discussions, the agreement is vital to the preservation of the island's water resources as well as for the protection of Lānai's remaining native environment.
The Lāna'i Forest and Watershed Partnership is a member of the Hawai'i Association of Watershed Partnerships, which was formed in2003 and represents public and private landowners who have come together to restore native habitats and protect watersheds across the state.
Water has long been recognized as an important benefit of the forests of Lāna'i. It sustains the island's ecological resources as well as the resort and agricultural communities. A healthy watershed on Lāna'i recharges the water table, prevents soil from washing into the ocean, condenses moisture from the clouds, and delivers a consistent and dependable source of water to the island's populace, according to biologists.
Ensuring the future supply of water for the island of Lāna'i is the primary motivation for the partnership, but not the only one. The health of Lānai's near-shore waters and fisheries, as well as its beaches, are directly related to the health of the forests.