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Service Makes Determination on Kaua'i Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has determined a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the final Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Kaua'i Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan. Stakeholders on the island of Kaua'i worked collaboratively to craft a single island-wide habitat conservation plan that would more effectively achieve long-term and cost-efficient recovery goals and would provide a more consistent and predictable regulatory approach.

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Io Removed from List of Threatened and Endangered Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a final rule removing the io (Hawaiian hawk) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The io was listed in 1967. Since then, improved monitoring, partner-led landscape-level conservation efforts and the species’ demonstrated resilience now indicate it no longer meets the definition of threatened or endangered. 

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Proposed Downlisting of Ae‘o and Public Meeting

The Service is reopening the proposed rule comment period to give all interested parties an additional opportunity to comment on the proposed rule. The Service is also announcing a public informational meeting and public hearing on the proposed rule to downlist the ae‘o from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with an accompanying 4(d) rule.

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Kamehameha Schools Safe Harbor Agreement

The Service has received an application from Kamehameha Schools, a private charitable education trust, for an enhancement of survival permit. The application includes a draft Safe Harbor Agreement between Kamehameha Schools, the Service, and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. The proposal is to conduct proactive conservation activities to promote the survival and recovery of 32 federally endangered species and one species currently proposed for listing.
Federal Register Notice     
Safe Harbor Appendix
Draft Environmental Action Statement
Draft Safe Harbor Agreement

Recovering Species

  • Nene on Road to Recovery

    After 60 years of effective collaborative conservation efforts among federal, state, NGOs and local partners the Hawaiian Goose, or nene, is one step closer to recovery. An intensive captive breeding program, rigorous habitat restoration, and active management strategies have led to the nene's return from the brink of extinction. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a decision to downlist the nene from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

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