Plant protection

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Rare plants, like these little trees growing at National Tropical Botanical Garden’s nursery, would receive a boost if a bill introduced by legislators including Senator Mazie Hirono is fully funded.

LIHUE — Rare plant protection is up for debate at the U.S. Senate, thanks to Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and a team of other legislators that have introduced the Extinction Prevention Act.