State works to protect Hawaii's native plants

State works to protect Hawaii's native plants

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - An effort to protect Hawaii's native plants is proving effective, as about 35 percent more state species have been placed on a global list of threatened species since last year.

The Garden Island reports that conservationists, the University of Hawaii and state agencies have been working to get more of Hawaii's threatened and endangered plants on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species.

The list ranks plant and animal species based on different categories, ranging from "least concern" to "extinct."

Hawaii botanist Maggie Sporck-Koehler says getting species on the list helps bring more awareness to the rarity of Hawaiian flora, which can lead to more protections for plants and increases in species recovery.

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