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Land deal boosts nature preserve

The agreement covers one of Hawaii's "most intact pieces of native forest"

By Timothy Hurley

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 27, 2014

~~<p><span style="font-size: 12px;">The Nature Conservancy on Thursday announced the creation of the largest private nature reserve in Hawaii, a move that nearly doubles the size of the Waikamoi Preserve on the slopes of Haleakala and protects a remote Maui rain forest with at least 20 rare native plants and two highly endangered birds.</span></p>
<p>The conservation group said it closed on a conservation easement agreement with East Maui Irrigation Co., a subsidiary of Alexander &amp; Baldwin Inc., to take control of 3,721 acres that will be combined with the 5,230-acre Waikamoi Preserve, resulting in nearly 9,000 acres of protected rain forest.</p>
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The Nature Conservancy on Thursday announced the creation of the largest private nature reserve in Hawaii, a move that nearly doubles the size of the Waikamoi Preserve on the slopes of Haleakala and protects a remote Maui rain forest with at least 20 rare native plants and two highly endangered birds.

The conservation group said it closed on a conservation easement agreement with East Maui Irrigation Co., a subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin Inc., to take control of 3,721 acres that will be combined with the 5,230-acre Waikamoi Preserve, resulting in nearly 9,000 acres of protected rain forest. Login for more...



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