Hawaii programs get $750K from Fish and Wildlife

HONOLULU (AP) - Three projects protecting endangered and threatened species in Hawaii are each receiving about $250,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The federal agency said last week it's providing funds to a state Department of Land and Natural Resources program to restore a self-sustaining population of alala or Hawaiian crow to the Big Island.

The project will release captive-bred crows to the wild. It will also keep the release sites free of predators and weeds.

A Big Island project helping 18 species including the io or Hawaiian hawk within the Kau Forest Reserve is also receiving money. This program will control invasive species and restore habitat.

The third beneficiary is a program to prevent the extinction of rare Hawaiian land snails in the Koolau mountains of Oahu.

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