$1.7 Million Federal Aid to Protect Hawaiʻi Endangered Species

October 10, 2013, 7:12 AM HST · Updated October 10, 8:37 AM
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File photo by Wendy Osher.

Koʻolau Mountain range, Oʻahu. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Maui Now Staff

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, received $1.7 million in federal grant funds for the protection of endangered species in Hawaiʻi, officials announced.

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More than a half-a-million dollars was approved for the purchase and management of Kalauao Valley in the central Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu.

Allocations of nearly a quarter-million dollars each were also made for the management of the critically-endangered ʻalalā, or Hawaiian Crow; and conservation efforts fro more than 40 federally-listed, and five rare species of snails.

Officials say the grant funding will go a long way toward the protection and enhancement of Hawaii’s unique environment and ecosystem.

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