Suggestions sought for lands to be permanently preserved

Do you know of a special property in Hawaii County that should be permanently preserved?

The Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Commission, or PONC, is seeking suggestions from the public regarding lands that should be preserved because of cultural or historic significance.

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Properties might qualify for preservation because they offer opportunities for education, public access to beaches or mountains and outdoor recreation. Such nominations for preservation could be beaches, coastal areas, forests, places of natural beauty or involve the protection of natural resources lands and watersheds for general benefits to the public.

Suggestion forms mailed or emailed must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

To obtain a form to suggest properties, visit http://records.hawaiicounty.gov/weblink/Browse.aspx?dbid=1&startid=13770&cr=1 or mail your request for a form to County of Hawaii Property Management Division, 25 Aupuni St., Suite 1101, Hilo, HI 96720.

The PONC funds are derived from 2% of the county’s annual real property tax revenues.

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The commission meets every other month at the Hilo County Building or the West Hawaii Civic Center, where public testimony is welcome.

For more information, contact Maxine Cutler with the Property Management Division, at 961-8069.

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