The Plant Extinction Prevention Program’s (PEPP) mission is to protect Hawai‘i’s rarest native plants from extinction. We are committed to reversing the trend toward extinction by managing wild plants, collecting seeds and establishing new populations. We focus on species that have fewer than 50 plants remaining in the wild by collaborating with conservation partners who have a shared interest in preserving Hawai‘i’s unique biological diversity.
Aloha 2014!: 2014 has come to a close and it was a very successful year filled with many highlights including the discovery of PEP species that haven't been seen in decades; first-ever collections of plant material from several species; discovery of new populations of PEP species; construction of fenced units to protect vulnerable plants; outplanting thousands of plants back into the wild; and successful collaborations with our partners.
2015 will be an even better year! ____________________________________________________________________________________________ August 11, 2014: Statewide PEPP Specialist, Steve Perlman featured in a Voice of America article ____________________________________________________________________________________________ NEW SPECIES DISCOVERY! August 4, 2014: Maui Nui PEPP's Hank Oppenheimer and Keahi Bustamente, and Statewide PEPP Specialist Steve Perlman (then with the National Tropical Botanical Garden) discovered a new species of Hibiscadelphus (H.stellatus) in West Maui. There are a total of 99 known individuals among three populations: such a great find and new addition to Hawaii's flora! See the press release here, and the PhytoKeys manuscript here. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ On May 16, 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Plant Extinction Prevention Program was a 2013 Recovery Champion! Recovery Champions are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and their partners whose work is advancing the recovery of endangered and threatened species of plants and animals. We are truly humbled by this great honor. For more information on fellow 2013 Recovery Champions, please click here for the website, or here for the press release. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Effective November 29, 2013, 15 more Hawaiian plant and animal species are federally listed as endangered species, including several PEPP species. See the Federal Register (.pdf) below