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This page last revised 18 April 2014 -- S.M.Gon III
TNC Action Sites
Maps & Figures
In 1995, TNC mounted a multi-agency planning effort that characterized and mapped the remaining native-dominated ecological systems of the Hawaiian archipelago (Pratt & Gon 1999). We collaborated with WWF to describe the Major Habitat Types present in the ecoregion (Olsen & Gon 1998). These efforts formed the foundation of our first iteration Ecoregional Plan (TNCH 1998).
Native ecological systems and conservation area designations of
In 2003, TNC's global office developed a series of ecoregional planning standards based on nearly eight years of lessons learned across the organization. These standards represent a minimum set of components and analyses that constitute an acceptable plan within TNC. The1998 Hawai‘i Ecoregional Plan did not meet the minimum criteria, because standards emerged after the Hawai‘i plan was complete. Bringing the 1998 plan up to internal standards was the primary impetus of the second iteration analysis and terrestrial ecoregional assessment, completed in 2006. In 2008 a coastal assessment was completed, creating a portfolio of coastal sites as an addendum to this terrestrial ecoregional assessment. Addition of marine conservation targets are currently underway.Continue to Ecoregional Description
Functioning, viable native ecological systems of the Hawaiian High Islands Ecoregion comprise our current focus.
Federal, state, and private partners are involved in ecoregional planning.
|Partners of the 1998 Ecoregional Plan |
These agencies and organizations were actively involved in the 1998 planning process:
Alien species, such as feral ungulates, are a prevailing threat to native ecosystems in Hawai‘i.
|Major Findings and Strategies of the 1998 Ecoregional Plan |
The major findings of our 1st iteration Ecoregional Plan included four items:
The emerging strategies of our 1998 Ecoregional Plan still guide our current work, and include the following:
1: In the 1998 Ecoregional Plan, the core of our strategies addressed key threats to the largest remaining native-dominated ecological systems. The landscapes comprised of those systems identified in the 1998 planning iteration are shown at right. |
Note: This figure is provided for historical interest only; this current plan includes updated maps and figures.
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Hawaiian High Islands
Ecoregional Assessment Team:
Samuel M. Gon III, Ph.D
Team Leader. Terrestrial Plan
Senior Scientist / Cultural Advisor, TNC Hawai‘i
Karen Poiani, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation Programs, TNC Hawai‘i
(left Hawai‘i Program in 2007)
Conservation Planner / GIS Specialist, TNC Hawai‘i
Team Leader, Coastal Plan
Conservation Programs Coordinator, TNC Hawai‘i
Director of External Affairs, TNC Hawai‘i
Director of Partnerships, TNC Hawai‘i
Coastal Ecoregional Planning 2008
Protection Specialist, TNC Hawai‘i
Science Manager, TNC Hawai‘i
Terrestrial Plan Project TeamThe project team for the second iteration of the Hawaiian High Islands Ecoregion (members listed top left) was assembled in 2004 with a goal of revising the 1998 Ecoregional Plan to comply with current standards for ecoregional assessment. As a living plan, a web-mediated format was selected to allow for continual updates and links to ever-changing sources of data, evolving strategies, and guidance provided by The Nature Conservancy and our conservation partners.
Coastal Plan Project Team
The coastal team was assembled in 2007 with the goal of assessing conservation targets associated with the coastal zone, including coastal vegetation, seabird nesting concentrations, and anchialine pool communities. The team includes Lu (team leader), Gon, and Menard from the terrestrial team, and adds Jody Kaulukukui and Jason Sumiye.
ContactContact the terrestrial ecoregional plan team leader, Dr. Sam Gon III or the coastal ecoregional plan team leader, Stephanie Lu, via this email with questions, suggestions, or requests related to this web document.