Hawaii Plants and Animals Closer To Protected Status

HONOLULU — Dozens of Hawai‘i plant and animal species are moving closer to possible federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

It was a scramble, but federal officials have met a Friday deadline to act on 130 backlogged endangered species cases in Hawai‘i. Many of the applications have languished for three decades.

Hawai‘i’s plants and animals are part of 731 cases nationally that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required to take action on this year as a result of a lawsuit brought by national environmental groups, WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity.

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