As with the other RC&Ds in Hawaii, Tri-Isle is assisting in developing long-term agreements with interested landowners who wish to enroll in the Safe Harbor Program. The Program provides a way for private landowners to help protect endangered species while avoiding the possibility of punishment for doing a good deed. The agreements allow a landowner to make habitat improvements to their property which hopefully results in increased numbers of threatened or endangered species. Subsequently harvesting of trees or other property maintenance that may result in inadvertent “taking” of endangered species will not result in a penalty or fine. The Agreement documents between NRCS, USFWS and Tri-Isle RC&D have been signed and submitted for final approval. Further government funding for this program for yearly maintenance and management is now questionable, so other sources are being pursued.