Hawai'i conservation alliance

2007 Conservation Innovation Award

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Partnership Program

Craig Rowland, Chris Swenson, Benton Kealii Pang, and Adonia HenryThis award is given to the instigators or champions of a procedure that leads to significant advances to the structure or nature of environmental conservation in Hawai‘i. Examples of such procedure may be the creating of legislation that changes the dynamics of management, or programs that lead to significant better protection of the Hawai'i’s native ecosystems.

The mission statement of the Conservation Partnerships Program is “to restore and protect native habitats by developing positive relationships with landowners, identifying biological resources and threats, implementing projects, monitoring results, and sharing information.”

The Conservation Partnerships Program is comprised of the following:

  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife – Cost-sharing and technical assistance for long-term habitat restoration projects on private land;
  • Pacific Islands Coastal Program – A new effort to identify important coastal resource problems and solutions, develop partnerships to carry out on-the-ground conservation projects, and encourage community action in high priority coastal areas;
  • Private Stewardship Grants – A focused effort to address high-priority habitat restoration needs of species that are endangered, threatened, candidates or species of concern on private lands; and
  • Other Funding - The Conservation Partnerships Program has been able to obtain funding from various other USFWS programs for a number of partnership programs. This program has taken a unique and highly effective approach of combining resources in order to focus on collaborative efforts that conserve or restore large portions of ecosystems while still addressing species-specific conservation. The program completed over $6 million in restoration and conservation projects in the last two years alone, including The North Kona Dryland Forest Restoration Group, The Ola‘a-Kīlauea Partnership, Imi pono no ka ‘āina: A Partnership for Environmental Education, Maui Restoration Group (Auwahi) and Pu‘uokali Wiliwili Forest Reserve Project, and Leeward Haleakalā Restoration Watershed Restoration Partnership.