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National workshop to help Hawaii's endangered species

Gov. David Ige (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Gov. David Ige (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. David Ige is meeting with wildlife conservationists and government officials from across the nation to figure out how to help Hawaii's endangered species.

Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources Chair Suzanne Case and California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird are among those meeting as part of two-day workshop held by the non-partisan Western Governors' Association. They're meeting to figure out how to help endangered animals while protecting local businesses.

The workshop was spurred by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative, which was launched when he was chair of the organization.

The Hawaii meeting is highlighting how to protect the state's unique animals such whales and sea turtles. Ige says Hawaii has more endangered species than any other state in the country.

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