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Public Lecture on Hawaii's Agricultural Footprint

Location: UCB 100

Mapping Hawaii's Agricultural Footprint: Emerging Trends in Hawaii's Rural Landscape

The State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture contracted UH Hilo to produce current maps of Hawaii's agricultural footprint. The Agricultural Baseline 2015 will expand on the award winning "Hawaii County Food Self-Sufficiency Baseline" that mapped the digital footprint of agriculture on Hawaii Island in 2012 and will shed new light on the many forms that post-plantation agriculture presents statewide. The study will provide a baseline from which to measure our progress going forward and can be used as a planning tool to help shape new policies and improve our understanding of where we farm today and why.

This presentation will share:

- Preliminary results of the mapping effort
- Important observations about what drives agricultural land use around the state
- Discussion about Hawaii's emergent rural landscape
- Realities that underlie our quest for increased food self-reliance

Presented by the University of Hawaii at Hilo Faculty Congress and the College of Continuing Education and Community Service

Presenter: Jeff Melrose

Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, UH Hilo
Jeffrey Melrose is a land planner with over 30 years of experience in private sector planning and land management throughout rural Hawaii. He holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the UH Manoa and a Certificate in Pacific Island Studies from the East West Center. He teaches Introduction to Land Use Planning in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and is currently the Project Manager for a UH Hilo contract with the Department of Agriculture to produce a current digital map of Hawaii's statewide agricultural footprint

For more information, contact: ccecs@hawaii.edu 974-7664

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