Hawaii gets $1.7M in federal conservation grants
HONOLULU — The federal government is awarding $1.7 million in conservation grants to Hawaii for projects on Molokai and in North Kona.
Most of the money will go toward the preservation of the Kainalu forest watershed on the eastern end of Molokai.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday a $1.5 million Recovery Land Acquisition Grant will allow the state to finish buying a perpetual conservation easement of more than 614 acres on Molokai.
The rest of the money will help the state protect endangered species in game mammal management areas in North Kona.
The $183,000 Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grant will address ways to protect 10 endangered animals and 34 endangered plants within game mammal management area boundaries.