About The Hawaii Rare Plant Restoration Group
The informal coalition of the Hawaii Rare Plant Restoration Group (HRPRG) is composed of many public and private agencies and organizations plus numerous individuals. The Group is working to prevent the extinction of native Hawaiian plants and provide for their recovery through integrated in situ (on-site) and ex situ (off-site) efforts by its diverse and committed membership. Partners work collaboratively to monitor, collect, propagate, and reintroduce rare plants while advancing the preservation of native plants and their habitats through effective communication and public education.
To prevent the extinction of native Hawaiian plants and provide for their recovery through a cooperative administered ex situ (off-site) plant conservation system in collaboration with in situ (on-site) management partners to sample, propagate, and reintroduce rare plants, and to advance the preservation of native plants and their habitats through effective communication and public education.
Statement of Organization
The Hawaii Rare Plant Restoration Group (HRPRG) is an informal association of government agencies, private organizations, and individuals dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian flora. Individuals recognize that the Hawaiian flora is faced with unprecedented threats to its existence and that there is a need to increase the degree of coordination and communication among plant conservation organizations. The Group intends to fulfill this need by providing member organizations with an opportunity to both coordinate plant conservation activities and to exchange information and ideas. The ultimate goal of this group is to promote the most efficient use of available personnel, funds, and knowledge in order to ensure the survival of as many species as possible.
Participation in the Hawaii Rare Plant Restoration Group is voluntary and is expected to enhance each organization’s ability to accomplish its goals concerning plant preservation or management. Collaborative projects and programs which take advantage of the strengths of member organizations are encouraged. There are no membership fees or expenses. The cost of attending meetings is the responsibility of each organization.
The Hawaii Rare Plant Restoration Group is composed of institutions and organizations actively involved in efforts to preserve the Hawaiian flora. Meetings are coordinated and chaired by the State Botanist of the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the Plant Recovery Coordinator of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Individuals representing an organization are expected to have the authority to make commitments for their organization or to obtain such commitments in a timely manner.
Meetings are held twice a year. Meeting agenda include progress reports from working groups/committees, a re-evaluation of priority activities, and coordination of member activities for the next semi-annual meeting.