Resource Management

HI Coot

In accordance with the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, one of our most important management functions is protecting wildlife by providing undisturbed habitat. We accomplish this goal by:


  • Promoting the conservation of endangered species, especially endangered koloa, ae‘o, and ‘alae ke‘oke‘o, through healthy functioning of wetland floodplains.
  • Optimizing water levels for maximum habitat size and value for endangered, resident, and migrating waterbirds while reducing the growth and reproduction of invasive species.
  • Constructing impoundments, building islands, controlling water levels, disking, tilling, spraying herbicide, and farming taro. 
  • Expanding understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the wetland and coastal ecosystems through wildlife-oriented educational opportunities.
  • Developing cross-programmatic and community partnerships to enhance wetland and watershed habitats.