Protect Threatened Plants, Animals and Habitat on Hawaii’s Big Island

Anchialine Pond

Target: Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Gain protection for 15 threatened plants and animals, along with 19,000 acres of habitat on the Big Island, Hawaii.

The Hawaiian Islands hold an incredible diversity of plants and animals, but in an area so small and without sufficient protection, many are on a path to extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has found numerous species that particularly need protection under the Endangered Species Act, namely 15 plants and animals specific to the Big Island.

Federal protection would give these rare and important species, along with nearly 19,000 acres of unique landscape, a chance to survive and flourish. This area is habitat for these and countless other species and entire ecosystems. Two animals, the Picture-wing Fly and Anchialine Pool Shrimp, along with 13 plant species including the Kookoolau flower, the Wahinenohokula, and the Uhiuhi plant, have been awaiting this protection for about 10 years already. Several of these unique species, valuable to Big Island ecosystems, are already on the verge of extinction.

The Anchialine Pool Shrimp is found only on the Big Island in special inland tidal pools fed by the sea via underground channels. Water quality is compromised by siltation, which is threatening multiple species in these ecosystems. Likewise, the Picture-wing Fly is only found in limited locations in two reserves on Hawaii. Its survival depends on a particular plant species in which it breeds, which is threatened by invasive species and extreme weather patterns. All the plant species proposed for protection are also put at risk by extreme weather, invasive plants and animals, and urban development.

Please encourage the Environmental Protection Agency to grant these species protection under the Endangered Species Act, and ensure the additional protection of 19,000 acres of habitat in Hawaii. The beauty and biodiversity of Hawaii depend on taking such steps to ensure meaningful protection.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Environmental Protection Agency,

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed the protection of several plant and animal species, along with 19,000 acres of habitat on the Big Island, Hawaii. These species have needed the aid of serious protective measures for over ten years due to threats from invasive species, urban development, pollution and increasing extreme weather patterns.

The Anchialine Pool Shrimp lives in unique inland tide pools on the Big Island, part of an ecosystem which depends on good water quality for its health and survival. The Picture-wing Fly, along with several plant species, are only found in a few locations, and are increasingly pushed out of original habitat due to agricultural and urban development. Invasive plants make it impossible for the wide diversity of more delicate native plants to thrive, and invasive animals have become unrivalled predators.

The protection of this vital area of native habitat and unique biodiversity in Hawaii is absolutely necessary to ensure the natural integrity and beauty of Hawaii. Please list these species for protection under the Endangered Species Act, and preserve the landscape necessary for their continued survival.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: beckstei via Flickr

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One Comment

  1. valda purvis says:

    All species depend on another -we must protect them -as in time it will affect -mankind.

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