Feds seeking comments on Hakalau refuge management

HONOLULU (AP) - The federal government is seeking comments from the public on its management of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge.

The Big Island rainforest refuge supports nine endangered bird species, an endangered bat and more than 20 rare and endangered plant species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to hold a public meeting in Hilo about the management plan on Wednesday.

The agency is offering three alternatives.

The first would maintain current management. The second would increase reforestation, restoration, and the removal of species like feral pigs and cattle.

The third would place less emphasis on invasive species removal and habitat restoration but provide more nene foraging habitat.

Photo source: US Fish and Wildlife Service

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