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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 3:54 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2007

Leeward forest reserves open to public again

Advertiser Staff

The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife O'ahu branch reopened all state forest reserves this weekend.

The reopening includes the Kuaokala, Mokule'ia, Makua-Kea'au, and Wai'anae Forest Reserves and the Kuaokala game management area, which total 10,051 acres.

"Due to improved weather conditions and general maintenance conducted by DOFAW staff, we are now able to reopen these areas," Laura H. Thielen, DLNR chairperson said in a released statement. "Hiking and camping will be permitted where posted.

"As a reminder, off-road vehicles, trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs may only be used for transport on the unimproved roads. They must remain on road at all times, and are not to be used for climbing hillsides, road banks, or trail riding, which erode the earth and destroy vegetation."