Survey seeks public input into Mauna Kea management process

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Date: Thursday, October 3, 2002
Contact: Bill Stormont, (808) 933-0734

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai'i at Hilo's Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) is currently soliciting public input via a recently developed survey in an effort to develop rules and regulations governing the management of areas on Mauna Kea under UH control, including the Mauna Kea Science Reserve, summit road and Hale Pohaku facilities. Completed surveys must be received by the OMKM by October 21, 2002 to be assured full consideration.

The survey contains 12 questions covering protection of resources, vehicular access and recreational activities on Mauna Kea. Responses to the survey will be considered by the OMKM and the Mauna Kea Management Board (MKMB).

"OMKM will seek further public input as it develops drafts of its administrative rules and regulations," said OMKM Director Bill Stormont. "This is but the first opportunity to gather public opinion on some very key issues."

The OMKM is tasked by UH via the 2000 Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan to develop regulations to assist it in carrying out its managerial responsibilities. The primary goal of the Plan is to protect the cultural, environmental and scientific resources of Mauna Kea from damage and degradation.

To obtain a copy of the survey, please call the OMKM at (808) 933-0374 (please leave name and mailing address), fax name and mailing address to (808) 933-3208, or email the office at omkm@maunakea.hawaii.edu. A survey form will be mailed upon request.


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