Hawai'i conservation alliance

2009 Distinguished Service Award

Charles P. “Chuck” Stone

The 2009 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Charles P. “Chuck” Stone who was a Research Biologist at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park from the early 1980s until 1990. During this period he was a major champion for conservation efforts in Hawai‘i, leading many important initiatives using his skills in scientific research and outreach to help others expand their values to include conservation of Hawai‘i’s unique biological resources. He was instrumental in conducting research on the impacts and control methods for feral pigs, expanding the successful National Park Service goat control strategies into getting rid of pigs in wet forests. Additionally, he helped establish a strong linkage between conservation and public education. Chuck authored many scientific publications but most people will remember the many books he, in conjunction with others like Cliff Smith and Linda Pratt, published to pull together scientific information in a form that was more accessible to not only scientists but also the general public. One of his most popular publications is Conservation Biology in Hawai‘i, co-authored with his wife and colleague Danielle B. Stone, Linda W. Cuddihy, and Martha E. Lane. This seminal book is a must-read for all who are starting out in the conservation field in Hawai‘i. Finally, Chuck and Cliff Smith collaborated in putting together an annual conference that highlighted research and management in Hawai‘i’s National Parks, which was the precursor for the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference. Although Chuck retired from federal service in 1995, his research, publications, and outreach products remain at the core of conservation biology in Hawai‘i.