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Records of Decision Now Available for Four Hawaii Wind Energy Projects

the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the availability of Records of Decision proposing to issue four separate incidental take permits for wind energy projects in Hawai'i. The permits – three of which are amendments to existing permits – would authorize incidental take of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat, Hawaiian goose, and Hawaiian petrel. For information and final documents, visit our news room.

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Proposal to Remove 'Io from the Endangered Species List

The Service is proposing to remove the endangered 'Io (Hawaiian hawk) from the federal list of endangered species (ESA). Originally listed in 1967, the 'Io no longer meets the definition of threatened or endangered thanks to its demonstrated ability to adapt to changing habitat, its population stability, and ongoing conservation efforts. The Service is also making available for public review the draft post-delisting monitoring plan for the Hawaiian hawk, and previous comment periods. The public comment period will be open from October 30 – November 28.

Federal Register Notice:
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Read about previous proposals and public comment periods.


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FWS Signs Memorandum Of Understanding with the County of Kauai

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the County of Kauai regarding stadium lighting on designated dates at County-operated football facilities. The Service and County of Kauai have entered into this MOU for the purpose of conserving species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The MOU and associated documents are available below.

Final Environmental Assessment (EA) (PDF 1297MB) Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (PDF 297MB

Documents Available

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

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  • Celebrating 100 years of Migratory Bird Conservation

    2016 marks the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds, signed on Aug. 16, 1916. This Migratory Bird Treaty, and three others that followed with Japan, Russia, and Mexico, form the cornerstones of our efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. Here in Hawai‘i, many of our native birds are protected under these treaties and we are joining the celebration island style!


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