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Randy has worked for over 30 years in protected area management, the last 19 with Hawai‘i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources/Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR/DOFAW). In his position as manager of the Native Ecosystem Protection and Management Section, he oversees statewide activities for the Natural Area Reserve System, the Natural Area Partnership Program, the Threatened and Endangered Species Program, the Watershed Partnerships Program, the Legacy Land Conservation Program, and the Youth Conservation Corps. 

His interest in conservation began while growing up in the backwoods of Canada, where the main activities were fishing, hunting and exploring the forests and streams. His education includes a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from University of New Brunswick.

In his early years, he was a backcountry ranger in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, often patrolling and surveying the vast wilderness areas on horseback in summer and on skis in winter. An extended backpacking and diving trip to Hawai‘i triggered his passion for protected area management in Hawai‘i.  After completing a M.A. in Biogeography from University of Hawai‘i, he was hired as wildlife biologist with DOFAW and has been there since.

Randy serves on several federal and state conservation related commissions and advisory groups, as well as boards of local non-profit organizations.

Randall W. Kennedy, Chair

Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife