Two members of the Board of Land and Natural Resources say that they’re not stepping down despite receiving resignation requests from Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

That means that each of the six BLNR members who were appointed by former Gov. Linda Lingle have decided to resist Abercrombie.

Land board members John Morgan and Samuel Gon III confirmed with Civil Beat Monday that they are staying put.

To date, a total of 19 of the 28 appointees who were asked by Abercrombie to resign have stated that they will not do so. Three have said they’ll step down.

Morgan had deliberated over his decision since receiving Abercrombie’s letter in mid-June.

“I was undecided for a long time,” he said. “Now I’ll just probably stick it out: I will not resign.”

Gon, on the other hand, decided to decline Abercrombie’s request the day he got the letter. But he traveled to Europe soon after receiving the request and did not return until this week.

“It wouldn’t make strategic sense to bring in new people . . . to any board with a lot of history to their decisions,” he said. “You need the experience and the continuity.”

The Board of Land and Natural Resources is made up of seven members, only one of whom was appointed by Abercrombie and all of whom have terms that were set to extend past 2011. (Abercrombie’s appointee is William Aila.)

Abercrombie in mid-June sent letters to Lingle appointees on the BLNR, Public Housing Authority, Stadium Authority, Land Use Commission and Public Utilities Commission who did not have terms that expired this year.

The “courtesy” letters asked that they step down so that Abercrombie could overhaul the boards and commissions as part of his “New Day in Hawaii” initiative.

The three appointees who are accommodating the governor’s request are Eric Beaver and Maltida Yoshioka of the Housing Authority and, according to Abercrombie’s press secretary, Lawrence Tseu of the Stadium Authority. One member of the Housing Authority, Clarisa Hosino, resigned before receiving the letter.

Nine members of the stadium authority received the request. Three haven’t said anything publicly, although Civil Beat has been told they will not step down.

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