The Mauna Kea Plan. Honolulu, Dept. of Land and Natural Resources

Author: Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources,
Title: The Mauna Kea Plan. Honolulu, Dept. of Land and Natural Resources
Periodical: Mauna Kea Plans
Year: 1977
Pages: 12
Subject: Environmental policy Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea planning
Recreation areas Mauna Kea
Environmental aspects Mauna Kea
Summary: Mauna Kea has the distinction of being the tallest mountain in the world. It measures between 29,400 to 30,000 feet from the ocean floor to the summit. In recent years, its upper slopes have become focus for a variety of uses, some of which conflict with each other. The summit is recognized as one of the finest sites in the world for astronomical research and its seasonally snow-covered slopes are utilized for skiing and snow play, and more such use has been suggested. The area between the 6,000 and 10,000-foot elevations, are native Hawaiian ecosystems, including rare plants and birds. Many species are found nowhere else in the world. In addition, the hunting of feral goats, sheep, pigs, and game birds has become a traditional use within (and on the perimeter of) the Mamane/Naio Forest. General recreation, photography, and sightseeing are also becoming popular. This plan is a policy framework for the management of Mauna Kea. It states jurisdictional responsibilities for specific resources and uses and defined specific uses and facilities to be allowed within the management areas. These areas shall extend from the summit down to approximately the 6,000-foot elevation and shall include all conservation district land from the summit of Mauna Kea down to the Saddle Road. This shall include the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and Game Management Area and the Kaohe Game Management Area.
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