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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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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