Kure Atoll Conservancy (KAC) provides critical funding that supports all aspects of Kure Atoll’s research field station operations, logistics, and personnel that executes the management objectives of the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) at Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary. The goal of DOFAW’s research field station is to design and implement a comprehensive wildlife habitat restoration and natural resources education program that supports management actions needed to protect and maintain native wildlife resources and ecosystem function at Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary.
As a co-trustee of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the State of Hawaiʻi’s research field station has also supported a broad range of organizations, agencies, and individuals engaged in research, Hawaiian cultural practices, education, and wildlife management. It is an ongoing effort that continues to facilitate habitat restoration, research, education and facility development.
The main long-term conservation outcomes are to:
- Expand the resilient native plant community that supports seabird nesting, invertebrate populations and reduces storm/climate change damage.
- Increase breeding seabird population.
- Increase shorebird foraging habitat.
- Increase population and foraging habitat of Laysan Ducks.
- Increase native plant and invertebrate biological diversity.