TOM PIERCE, ATTORNEY AT LAW, LLLC land conservation, nonprofits, philanthropy, property law, land use

Conservation means harmony between mean and land. When land does well for its owner, the owner does well by his land; when both end up better by reason of their partnership, we have conservation. When one or the other grows poorer, we do not.

— Aldo Leopold,

The Farmer as a Conservationist, 1939

As soon as individuals with a cause have found one another out, they combine. From that moment, they are no longer isolated people, but a power seen from afar, whose actions serve as an example and whose language is listened to.

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1840

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Lands in the News

Coastal lands added to Lapakahi State Park

March 18, 2011: The State of Hawai’i, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks announced the addition of 17 shoreline acres to Lapakahi State Historical Park in North Kohala on the Island of Hawai’i, located in an area traditionally known as Nu’uanu. The acquisition was assisted by a diverse public-private partnership of Kohala community organizations, the Trust for Public Land, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the State Office of Planning’s Coastal Zone Management Program, and the State Legacy Land Conservation Program. The purchase protects dozens of significant precontact Hawaiian cultural sites associated with the cultural and archaeological complex within Lapakahi State Historical Park, and protects and provides access to the adjacent Lapakahi Marine Life Conservation District, which serves as habitat for over 116 marine species. Read more at the Trust for Public Land website.