## The News Room

#### Welcome to the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office News Room, a great resource for staying current with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and our conservation work in the state of Hawaii, American Samoa, the Marianas, and the Remote Pacific Islands.

**Record of Decision for Na Pua Makani Wind Energy Project Permit Now Available**Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the availability of a record of decision for the Na Pua Makani Wind Energy Project on Oahu.The Service evaluated the impacts of the project and the permitting decision, as required by both the ESA and the National Environmental Policy Act, and has issued a permit.

The Federal Register Notice, Record of Decision, and additional information can be found at:

Federal Register Document Number 2018-21457

Record of Decision (PDF 412 KB)

News Release - Record of Decision for Na Pua Makani Wind Energy Project Incidental Take Permit Now Available

**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)

**U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service work with State and local landowners to protect Hawaiian 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.

**U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comment on Application for Permit Renewal for Kauai Island Utility Company**The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) has submitted an application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for renewal of their incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act. The permit renewal is associated with KIUC’s Short-Term Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) which addresses the potential direct, indirect and cumulative effects caused by the applicant’s operation and maintenance of existing and anticipated electrical utility facilities on three threatened and endangered species on Kauai. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public review and comment on the application for the Short-Term HCP permit renewal from June 15 – July 15.

Permit Renewal Application (pdf .56 MB)

Permit Renewal Application Short Term Habitat Conservation Plan (pdf .62 MB)

**Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Proposed for Four Hawaii Wind Energy Projects**The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (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 Oahu.

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

The public scoping period will include three public meetings, one each on the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. The dates for the meeting are:

June 18, 2018: Na‘alehu Community Center, 95-5635 Mamalahoa Highway, Na‘alehu, Hawai‘i, HI 96772, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

June 20, 2018: Malcolm Center, 1305 North Holopono Street, Suite 5, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

June 21, 2018: Sunset Beach Recreation Center, 59-540 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, O‘ahu, HI 96712, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

To request further information or submit written comments, please use one of the following methods. Please include “Wind Energy HCPs and PEIS Scoping” in the subject line of your request, message, or comment:

**U.S. Mail:**ATTN: Wind PEIS Public Scoping, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 3–122, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96850.**Email:**HIwindPEIS@fws.gov**Fax:**808–792–9580, Attn: Field Supervisor.**Internet:**You may obtain copies of this notice from the Service’s Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office in Honolulu, 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or on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/The Service will consider all written comments on the scope of the PEIS analysis that are received or postmarked by July 2, 2018.

**Nene Proposed for Reclassification from Endangered to Threatened**After 60 years of collaborative conservation efforts among federal, state, NGOs and local partners, the Hawaiian Goose, or nene, may be one step closer to recovery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to downlist the Hawaiian goose from endangered to threatened.

Learn More About the Proposal to Downlist

Federal Register Public Inspection Notice

The public comment period will begin on Monday April 2, 2018 and will run until June 1, 2018. All relevant comments received from April 2 - June 1, 2018, will be considered.

**You may submit comments by one of the following methods:**(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS–R1–ES–2017–0050, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!” Please ensure that you have found the correct rulemaking before submitting your comment.

(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments

Processing, Attn: FWS–R1–ES–2017–0050, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3808.

We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov.

**Midway Seabird Protection Project Draft Environmental Assessment Public Comment Period**Mice are attacking nesting albatross on Midway Atoll - the largest albatross colony in the world and the most important and successful breeding ground for black-footed albatross and Laysan albatross. In just a few years, mice attacks have increased from just a few incidents to hundreds of wide spread attacks on albatross that result in injury, nest abandonment and death. In order to protect the colony, the Service is proposing to remove the invasive house mice from Midway Atoll. A draft environmental assessment for the project will be available for public comment from March 21 – April 19.

Review the draft environment assessment and learn how to provide your comments at: https://goo.gl/SYrAeo.

**Lalamilo Wind Company Project Public Comment Period**The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a draft habitat conservation plan and associated environmental assessment prepared by the Lalamilo Wind Farm Repowering Project on Hawaii Island. Public comments will be accepted December 1 – January 16, 2018.

Lalamilo Wind Company LLC requested a 20-year incidental take permit and submitted a draft HCP, proposing strategies to avoid, minimize and offset potential direct, indirect and cumulative effects of the wind project’s operation and maintenance on the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat and Hawaiian petrel. The permit addresses the incidental take of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat and the endangered Hawaiian petrel that may result from maintaining and operating the Lalamilo Wind Farm Repowering Project.

Federal Register Notice

Information BulletinDraft Environmental Assessment

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Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Lalamilo Wind Farm

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**USFWS Amended Newell's Shearwater Landscape Strategy**The USFWS Pacific Islands Fish & Wildlife (Service) completed their initial Newell’s Shearwater (NESH) Landscape Strategy at the end of 2015, but subsequently received additional information through the efforts of State of Hawaii Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, funded by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and other partners. This new information necessitated an update to the model on which the Strategy was based. The Service has continued to incorporate data to improve and refine the modelling effort. The development of the Newell’s Shearwater Landscape Strategy has been a long process due to the complexity of the species’ life history and substantial (and continuing) increase in available scientific data on the species. The description of the model is found in Appendix 2 of the NESH Landscape Strategy.

This version of the model includes all available scientific information up to July 2016. This is not intended to be a static modelling effort but rather one that will be, from time to time, updated as more information becomes available.

Newell's Shearwater Landscape Strategy

Appendix 2: Modelling Methods and Results for the Newell's Shearwater Landscape Strategy

**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)

Final Environmental Assessment (EA)

**‘I‘iwi Receives Protection under the Endangered Species Act**Once one of the most common forest birds in the Hawaiian Islands, the ‘i‘iwi, also known as the scarlet honeycreeper, will be protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that listing was warranted based on a review of the best information available for the ‘i‘iwi, gained through exhaustive research, public comments and independent scientific peer reviews.

Federal Register Notice

Official News Release

Shareable News Release

**Learn More About Issues Facing Hawaii's Forest Birds**Hawii's Magnificent Honeycreepers

Ohia lehua: the Foundation of Hawaii’s Forest Ecosystem

What’s Killing Hawaii’s Forest Birds?

Mysterious Disease Threatens Critical Hawaiian Forests

Photos of 'I'iwi

**Finding of No Significant Impact in Lehua Restoration**The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it has completed the Final Environmental Assessment in the State of Hawaii led effort to eradicate rats from Lehua Island. The FEA together with an accompanying Finding of No Significance describe the selected proposals and are available here.

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Final Environmental Assessment

**Efforts to Restore Lehua Island Ecosystem**

May 5, 2017The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a cooperating agency in a State of Hawai‘i led effort to restore Lehua Island’s native ecosystem through the eradication of non-native rats. Invasive rats eat native seabird eggs, chicks and adults and consume and destroy the island’s native plants and seeds. The Service has prepared a draft environmental assessment and will seek public comment on the proposed project from May 5 – May 19, 2017.

Additional information and instructions for submitting comments can be found in the news release.

Draft Environmental Assessment

Press Release

**Evaluation of Invasive Mouse Control Methods**

April 26, 2017The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Wildlife Research Center to develop more effective methods to control invasive mice. The agencies are seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment of a study that would evaluate two rodenticides for controlling invasive mice. The public comment period for the environmental assessment extends from April 27 - May 26, 2017.

Additional information and instructions for submitting comments can be found in the news release.Draft Environmental Assessment

News Release

**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

**Na Pua Makani Wind Project Public Comment Period**

May 11, 2017Na Pua Makani Power Partners proposes to construct and operate a wind energy project with a generating capacity of up to 25 megawatts on Oahu, Hawaii. Na Pua Makani has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service for an incidental take permit (ITP) under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). This process is currently in review.

Na Pua Makani Wind Energy Project Habitat Conservation Plan

Na Pua Makani Wind Energy Project Final Environmental Impact Statement

Na Pua Makani Wind Energy Project Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement

**Na Pua Makani EIS & HCP**The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of the final Environmental Impact Statement and Habitat Conservation Plan for the proposed Na Pua Makani Wind Project near Kahuku, Hawai‘i. Na Pua Makani Power Partners applied for an incidental take permit that would, if approved by the Service, authorize the unintentional killing of listed species caused by the construction and operation of the applicant’s Na Pua Makani Wind Project for production of wind-generated electrical energy.

Na Pua Makani Wind Project- Final HCP

Na Pua Makani Wind Project - Final EIS

**Iiwi Proposed as Threatened Species**The Service has determined that the ‘i’iwi warrants listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. ‘I’iwi was once one of the most common forest birds, but in recent years has suffered drastic population declines as a result of introduced avian malaria and habitat loss.The Service is seeking public comment on the proposal to list the ‘i’iwi. The 60 day comment period will remain open until November 21, 2016.

**Talk Story Sessions Set for Rodent and Mongoose Control and Eradication Methods to Protect Native Habitats**February 16, 2016 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources are seeking public comments as part of the development of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to control or eradicate invasive rodents and mongooses in native ecosystems in Hawaii. The public comment period is open and will close on April 7, 2016. For dates, times, and locations please see our news release.

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**Public Hearing and Informational Meeting To Be Held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 on the Service's Proposal to List 49 Species from the Hawaiian Islands**January 25, 2016 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening a 30-day comment period on a proposal to list 49 species of animals and plants from the Hawaiian Islands as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). To provide additional opportunities for public input, the Service will be holding an informational meeting and a public hearing in Hilo on Hawai‘i Island.

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**Public Hearing and Informational Meeting To Be Held on January 21, 2016 on the Service's Proposal to List 5 Species in American Samoa**January 4, 2016 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening a 30-day comment period on a proposal to list five species of animals from American Samoa as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. To provide additional opportunities for public input, the Service will be holding an informational meeting and a public hearing in American Samoa on January 21, 2016.

Media Coverage:

Tanalei 1 Before the public hearing and informational meeting

Tanalei 2 Before the public hearing and the informational meeting

Tanalei 3 After the public hearing and informational meeting

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**The Service Reopens Public Comment Period for Development of Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Invasive Rodent and Mongoose Control.**December 7, 2015 - This effort focuses on restoring native ecosystems in Hawaii. “The impacts of invasive rats, mice, and mongooses threaten what makes Hawaii so special. With so many plants and animals that can only be found here, with every species lost, we lose what makes us Hawaii,” said Mary Abrams, Field Supervisor for the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office. “We have an opportunity to turn the tide and restore our native places. We welcome everyone to join us in these discussions and working together to restore Hawaii.” The public comment period will close on April 7, 2016.

Rodents and mongooses, which are not native to Hawaiian ecosystems, are known to kill and eat native birds and eat plants and their seeds. Rodents and mongooses have caused extinctions and severe declines of many native species in Hawaii including the Oahu elepaio, Oahu tree snails, and native palms. Many of these plants and animals also are important to Native Hawaiian cultural values and practices.

Methods to effectively control rodents and mongooses in urban and agricultural areas exist, but need to be adapted for conservation areas. The Draft PEIS will evaluate methods to protect native wildlife and plants, including federally listed threatened and endangered species and the ecosystems that support them.More information is available at http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/nativerestoration/.

Federal Register Notice (to reopen)

Federal Register Notice (original notice of intent)

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**USFWS Proposes to List 5 Species from American Samoa**October 9, 2015 - Facing habitat loss and degradation, predation by non-native species, and the small size of their remaining populations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to list five species of animals from American Samoa as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Service identified two land snails, two birds (the friendly ground-dove and the mao), and the Pacific sheath-tailed bat for federal protection.

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**USFWS Finalizes Rule to List 23 animals and plants in the Marianas**September 29, 2015 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is listing 23 species of plants and animals on Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) as threatened or endangered. The Service is not proposing critical habitat for these species at this time.

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**The Service Proposes to List 49 species of plants and animals in Hawaii**September 28, 2015 – Facing threats from habitat loss and degradation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to add 49 species from Hawaii to the Endangered Species Act. The Service will not be designating Critical Habitat areas for these species at this time due to insufficient information.

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**Our Staff and Programs in the News**Outside Hawaii - Coastal Program's work on endangered green turtles featured

Garden Isle - Seabird fall out

Saipan Tribune - 90 day finding on Tinian monarch

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Fifty-three Bonin petrel and twenty-five Tristam’s storm-petrel chicks arrived at their new home at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge after a six day boat ride from Tern Island and Midway Atoll. Learn more at https://goo.gl/pCbmRp