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A Plan to Save Hawaii's Threatened Biodiversity

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Science  06 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5429, pp. 817-819
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5429.817

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HONOLULU-- At the Hawaii Conservation Conference here last week, an advisory group of government and university scientists and land managers unveiled a draft plan for a $200 million, 5-year initiative to preserve Hawaii's unique native habitats, now under siege from alien species and development. The plan, called Legacy 2000, gets a warm reception from conservationists. But the challenge will be to convince people on the U.S. mainland that tackling Hawaii's ecological woes is just as important as, say, fixing the Everglades, a multibillion-dollar job that Florida and the federal government are about to embark on.