Win in Hawaii: Habitat for 14 Species Will Be Protected
A legal victory by the Center offers a desperately needed reprieve to 14 highly imperiled Hawaii species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must now designate protected critical habitat for them by February 2024.
The species are 12 plants — including yellow flowering shrubs in the aster family, called Ko'oko'olau, that have traditionally been used to make tea — plus an anchialine pool shrimp and a picture-wing fly. They're being pushed toward extinction by urbanization, invasive species and climate change.
"I'm so glad these 14 Hawaii species, found nowhere else on Earth, will finally get badly needed habitat protections," said Maxx Phillips, the Center's Hawaii director. "Safeguarding the places where they live will help protect vulnerable parts of Hawaii for future generations."
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