Maxx Phillips, the Center for Biological Diversity’s Hawaii director, said the nene recovery demonstrates how effective the ESA can be.
“Without this landmark law, wildlife in danger of disappearing forever, like the nene, would have little hope of recovery,” she said in a press release.
And yet, as Phillips points out, the Interior Department under Bernhardt is moving to roll back key provisions of the ESA, a move that environmentalists worry could result in extinction for hundreds of animals and plants.
Hawaii is home to hundreds of endangered species, ranging from birds and wildlife to plants and corals. It’s been called “the endangered species capital of the world.”
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Patti Epler is the Editor and General Manager of Civil Beat. She's been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, primarily in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington and Arizona. You can follow her on twitter at @PattiEpler, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 808-377-0561.