Senator Hirono plants a native ohai tree during a visit to Lyon Arboretum in August 2018.

US Senator Mazie Hirono joined colleagues in introducing a bill to protect endangered and threatened Pacific Island plants, North American butterflies, Eastern freshwater mussels, and Southwest desert fish.

According to Sen. Hirono, Hawaiʻi is home to more than 350 federally listed threatened and endangered plant species.

“The growing threat posed by climate change means these plants are especially vulnerable, and we need to act now to prevent them from disappearing forever. The Pacific Islands Plant Conservation Fund that this bill establishes would provide critical resources to prevent our most sensitive plant species from going extinct,” said Senator Hirono.

The bill establishes a conservation fund for each of the four targeted species groups.