Fran Jackson, a long-time resident of Volcano, recently donated a perpetual conservation easement to the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) over 1.4 acres of her property in Volcano. The property consists of five lots that are contiguous and forested with native species such as ohia.
“Fran’s family purchased land in this area in 1936. It was young Fran’s dream of protecting this special place one day and the completion of the conservation easement fulfills her dream. Her donation brings the total number of conservation easements secured by HILT in its Kipuka Mosaic Project for the important Volcano area to five,” said HILT Executive Director Ted Clement.
This now-protected land is part of a larger effort by HILT and community members in Volcano to protect kipuka, or small oases of intact forest canopy, in an area that is increasingly being developed.
“HILT is a local nonprofit organization with a mission to protect the lands that will sustain us for current and future generations,” Clement explained. “HILT has conserved over 17,000 acres to date, via perpetual conservation easements and fee simple ownership, on a number of properties with various conservation values important to residents and visitors alike.”
To learn more about the organization and the Kipuka Mosaic Project, visit www.hilt.org.