By Chantelle Aguilar
HNN Digital Intern
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved $3.8 million in new funding to bolster programs aimed at protecting threatened and endangered species in Hawaii.
"This new funding will help ensure that threatened and endangered species in our state will be protected for years to come," said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in a news release.
"These funds are a strategic investment that will help strike a better balance between human use and wildlife habitats. By accounting for threatened and endangered species in our land use planning, we can reduce our impact on the environment and allow our state's unique wildlife to thrive."
The appropriation is part of a $44.8 million investment under the Endangered Species Act granted to 19 other states.
The following Hawaii programs will benefit from the funds:
- $2 million to Helemano Wilderness Area to protect over 3,000 acres for the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat.
- $906,105 to the Kauai Seabird Habitat Conservation Program to address the current population declines of several seabirds.
- $395,000 to the Hawaiian Hoary Bat Habitat Conservation Plan.
- and $500,000 to the Kaluaaha Ranch Conservation Easement to permanently protect over 900 acres in efforts to help the recovery of several endangered species and minimize sedimentation of a nearby shore.