DLNR Names New DOFAW Administrator
David Smith, former Department of Land and Natural Resources Oahu Branch Chief for the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, was recently promoted.
Smith, who has 28 years of experience as a wildlife biologist and forestry and wildlife manager, will serve within the DLNR in a new role as DOFAW Administrator.
“We are delighted that one of DLNR’s largest divisions has someone so experienced and respected to lead it,” said DLNR Chair Suzanne Case. “Dave has played lead roles in stewardship of state forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, game management area, public hunting areas and offshore-island seabirds sanctuaries.
“Dave’s passion and enthusiasm for DLNR’s mission combined with his collaborative, problem-solving style will benefit all of Hawai’i on a broader level.”
Previous work experience includes field work, personnel, budget legislative, and partner and community relations management. He has also supervised DOFAW activities at Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, as well as forestry, wildlife, ecosystems, tails, and access teams.
Smith begins his new role on Monday.