A Beginning

This is the beginning of a restoration effort to restore Palmyra and preserve habitat on the atoll. The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Island Conservation have embarked on an ambitious project to aid in the protection and restoration of the unique species and habitats of Palmyra Atoll, initially by removing non-native rats.

The conservation partnership manages to help serve the media and interested public who have taken an interest in this project. Visitors may also wish to visit the home pages of the partners by clicking on the links below.

Mission Statements of Partner Organizations:

Island Conservation

The mission of Island Conservation is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.

The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

National Wildlife Refuge System

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

About the refuge….

Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Northern Line Islands, approximately 1,000 miles south of Honolulu, Hawaii, in the Central Pacific Ocean. The Refuge was established in 2001 to protect, restore, and enhance migratory birds, coral reefs, and threatened and endangered species in their natural setting and is managed in coordination with The Nature Conservancy. Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Reefs National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Pacific Reefs National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Refuge Complex, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, manages three Marine National Monuments in the Pacific: Pacific Remotes, Rose Atoll, and Marianas Trench established in 2009. Together, these three monuments include roughly 125 million acres of important wildlife habitat on remote islands, submerged lands, and in their overlying seas. Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument incorporates not only Palmyra Atoll, but also extends 50 nautical miles from the mean low water lines of Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Islands; Johnston, Wake, and Palmyra Atolls; and Kingman Reef.

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