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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 3:56 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Land department has new hotline

Advertiser Staff

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has established a new statewide enforcement telephone number and 24-hour call system that will allow the public to report violations of state natural and cultural resources laws.

This live answering system will help improve the receiving, reviewing and referring of enforcement calls, a news release said.

"We appreciate the hundreds of residents who take the time to report potential violations or illegal activity on state lands or in our oceans," said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson, in a news release.

Effective immediately, the DLNR enforcement phone number is 643-DLNR (643-3567).

In addition, DLNR initiated a 24-hour live answer enforcement calling system. On weekdays from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., calls to 643-DLNR will ring at the respective district office for the county where the call is placed.

After hours, weekends and holidays, calls will be directed to a central O'ahu-based answering service.

Callers will be prompted to provide as much detailed information as possible to assist enforcement response.

In human emergency situations, callers should always immediately call 911 to seek emergency assistance, the news release said.

As part of the initial stage of this program, all calls received by the O`ahu-based answering service will be transmitted to the appropriate DLNR-Enforcement island office at the start of business the next day.