The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) works with the U.S. Army Garrison – Hawaiʻi Natural Resources Program under a cooperative agreement to oversee compliance with the Federal Endangered Species Act on the island of Oʻahu. The goal of the program is to effectively balance the requirements of the Army’s training mission with its natural resource responsibilities.
Of the 400 federally listed threatened and endangered species in Hawaiʻi, the Army’s natural resources program is responsible for managing over 60, including plants, animals and their critical habitat. The endangered plants managed by the program represent some of the planet’s rarest – some having less than 50 individual plants left in the world.
The Army’s natural resources program applies an ecosystem-based approach to managing training lands to ensure species and the habitat to support them are restored and protected now and into the future. The program grows both endangered and common native plant species and outplants over 2,000 of them back into the wild each year.