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Project saves isle palm tree from near extinction

  • COURTESY THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
    Volunteers with Hawaiian Airlines plant native loulu palm seedlings at the Kona Hema Preserve. A partnership formed between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy to reintroduce seedlings at the preserve, which is close to where the original trees were found. 
  • COURTESY THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
  • COURTESY THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
    Sam Gon, senior scientist and cultural adviser at the Nature Conservancy, stands next to the original loulu palm discovered by George Schattauer on a South Kona ranch in 1960.

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