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State and Local Landowners Protect Hawaii's Dry forests.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated approximately 11,640 acres as critical habitat for three endangered Hawaiian plants, the ko‘oko‘olau, wahine noho kula, and uhiuhi.

The final rule for the critical habitat designation is available in the Federal Register and can be viewed at Docket Number FWS-R1-ES-2013-0028 4500030113.

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USFWS Signs Memorandum Of Understanding with the County of Kauai

USFWS 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 accompany documents are available below.

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (PDF 99KB)

Final Environmental Assessment (EA) (PDF 6MB)


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Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Proposed for Wind Energy Projects

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a Notice of Intent to prepare a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to address the potential direct, indirect and cumulative effects of operations and maintenance activities at four similar wind energy projects on the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat, Hawaiian goose and Hawaiian petrel. The Service is initiating a 30 day public scoping period to request information and recommendations on the scope of the issues to be included in the draft PEIS. The scoping period will take place from June 1 – July 2 and include three public meetings, one each on the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. 

For more information on the announcement and the public meetings see the official Notice of Intent.

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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