Hawai'i conservation alliance

Implementing Rare Plant Recovery

Margaret Clark, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, HI
Marie Bruegmann, Plant Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Honolulu, HI
Vickie Caraway, State Botanist, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Honolulu, HI

Tuesday, August 2, 3:20-5:20 PM, Ballroom A

Hawai‘i Rare Plant Restoration Group (HRPRG) is an informal association of State and Federal government agencies, private landowners, and non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation of the Hawaiian flora. This group spear-headed the development of the Plant Extinction Prevention (PEP) (formerly Genetic Safety Net) program, and the establishment of mid-elevation nurseries on the four largest Hawaiian islands. These nurseries and the PEP program are now significant contributors to rare plant restoration efforts. As HRPRG has developed, individual member organizations have initiated many projects to restore rare plant populations. Projects are ongoing in different ecosystems, at various elevations, on all the islands. Genetic, horticultural, cultural, political, economic, scientific and environmental factors can contribute and complicate these efforts. The threats that brought many plant species to the brink of extinction are still present, and new threats emerge continually. Much is yet to be learned from research about the life history, population genetics and reproductive biology of many species. The magnitude of the plant extinction crisis Hawai‘i faces has not been matched with funding equal to the challenge. Yet in the face of all this, a number of successes have been achieved. This panel will present five projects which have contributed to our collective understanding of what is needed to recover rare plant species in Hawai‘i.

  • Saving Hawai‘i’s Rarest Plants: The Plant Extinction Prevention Program
    Hank Oppenheimer
  • Recovery of Hawaiian Lobeliads at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    Sierra McDaniel
  • Rare Plant Restoration on Private Land: A Land Owner’s Perspective
    Stephanie Dunbar Co
  • History of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Rare Plant Restoration on the Island of Kaua‘i
    Michael Wysong
  • Registration of Sluggo for Rare Plant Restoration: An Effective New Tool for Slug Control
    Stephanie Joe
  • Implementing Rare Plant Pecovery, Coastal and Dry Forest Restoration at Kalaupapa National Park
    William Garnett

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