MAKAWAO, Maui (AP) — Hawaii state land officials are seeking approval to swap land with Haleakala Ranch Co. to give public access to a historic trail.
A nonprofit said the proposed move by the Department of Land and Natural Resources would be illegal without an environmental study.
State forestry and wildlife officials also want approval for an archaeological survey and environmental review, along with the plan itself.
The board said the proposal is being made to avoid a costly lawsuit and give access to Haleakala Bridle Trail. State officials said it would also create public routes to two reserves.
The state would give up its title to the Bridle Trail while still guaranteeing public access. In exchange, the state would get a perpetual easement for the new access to the reserves.