Hawaii lands funds to protect endangered species

KEKAHA — Endangered species on Kauai are receiving a $1.3 million bump in funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of a $44.8 million investment under the Endangered Species Act grant program that will distributed among 20 states.

In total, Hawaii received more than $3.8 million in grant money to protect threatened and endangered species through better land use management, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

“This new funding will help ensure that threatened and endangered species in our state will be protected for years to come,” Schatz said in the release. “These funds are a strategic investment that will help strike a better balance between human use and wildlife habitats.”

Kauai Seabird Habitat Conservation Program: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative Habitat Conservation Plan received a little more than $900,000 to address incidental take of the endangered Hawaiian petrel, the threatened Newell’s shearwater, and the band-rumped storm petrel — a candidate for listing.

An additional $395,000 is being set aside for an HCP to conserve the Hawaiian horay bat during biomass and timber harvest activities in Hawaii, Honolulu Kalawao, Kauai and Maui counties.

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