Federal Expenditures to Protect Land and Ocean Resources Significant to Hawaii Act

President Joe Biden signed into law a $1.5 trillion spending bill this week that includes millions to help protect important natural resources both on land and in the ocean in Hawaii.

Biden on Tuesday approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022 to fund federal government projects and activities through September 30. U.S. Representative Ed Case said in a press release today that the funds will help protect Hawaii’s parks, trails and endangered species, as well as important resources. in the ocean.

“The bill provides significant additional federal investments to help Hawaii conserve our aina for future generations and protect endangered species,” Case said in a statement. “It is especially important for Hawaii to provide $6 million to the National Park Service to expand Haleakala State Park on Maui to create more recreational opportunities and improve access to the Kaupo Gap Trail.”

According to a statement, key provisions of the bill include $17 million for the National Trail System, which will benefit the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail; $4 million for the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s State of the Birds program, which focuses on endangered birds in Hawaii; and $300,000 to the City and County of Honolulu to develop its tree inventory and management plan.

Additionally, $415,000 will go towards the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District Site Restoration Project, while $200,000 has been allocated to the Moku o Loe Marine Laboratory Refuge Eco-Dike Research Project.

The bill will provide $61 million to the Sanctuaries and Marine Protected Areas Account, which supports the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument; $148 million for the protection, research and management of marine mammals, sea turtles and other species; $34 million for the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund; $33 million for the Coral Reef Conservation Program which supports coral reef ecosystem management and research; and $4 million for John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grants.

Additionally, $52 million will go to the US Geological Survey’s national and regional climate adaptation science centers, including the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center based at the University of Hawaii. Case’s press release also said $6 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will go toward maintenance and repairs to its base atmospheric observatories, including the Mauna Loa Observatory.

In addition, $75 million has been allocated to the Environmental Preparedness and Protection Initiative, which was created by the Department of Defense in response to land development and habitat loss in proximity to or affecting military installations, ranges and airspace, which may result in costly and expensive restrictions or operations. inadequate training and testing alternatives. The Department of Defense works with state and local governments, conservation organizations, and private landowners to address these challenges to Army objectives and the viability of facilities and ranges.