Paleoecology and “inter-situ” Restoration on Kaua`i, Hawai`i

Burney, D.A. and L. Pigott Burney

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On the Hawaiian Island of Kaua`i, human-caused extinctions are currently occurring in a microcosm of island endemics. Recent studies of endangered plants suggest that conventional in-situ and ex-situ conservation strategies are losing the battle here. Paleoecological findings support the idea that creating new populations in formerly much larger, late prehistoric and early historical ranges of declining species may provide a reliable and cost-effective hedge against extinction. On Kaua`i, several paleoecological sites have played key roles in planning and implementing ecological and cultural restoration projects.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment