The Nature Conservancy released the following statement today from its President and CEO, Mark Tercek, regarding the passing of United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI):
"As Senator Inouye lies in state today at the Capitol, I am saddened at the loss of such a dedicated and impressive public servant. I am particularly reminded of his impressive legacy of conservation. Over many decades, he showed reliable and strong support for funding and policies to protect our nation’s parks, wildlife refuges, forests and oceans.
"The Nature Conservancy, is honored to have collaborated with Senator Inouye and his staff on several conservation accomplishments in Hawai‘i, including the addition of 116,000 acres of Kahuku Ranch to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the largest conservation transaction in the history of the state.
"Senator Inouye was also a leader in the establishment of important refuges for forest, wetland and sea birds in Hawai‘i and the Pacific, including the Hakalau Forest, Oʻahu Forest, James Campbell, and Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuges. We also worked with him on the establishment of the first U.S. Forest Service Forest Legacy projects in Hawai‘i, protecting more than 8,000 acres of important forests. In partnership with then Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield, he also worked to permanently protect 13,000 acres of irreplaceable old growth forest at Opal Creek Wilderness Area in Oregon’s Western Cascades. His core support for marine protection and invasive species prevention and control efforts has allowed scientists and managers to better understand and care for precious coral reefs and forests throughout the Hawaiian Island chain and the Pacific.
"Senator Inouye and his dedicated staff have always understood the direct connection between a healthy environment, a healthy economy and quality of life for people.
"The Nature Conservancy honors Senator Inouye for his steadfast support for America’s natural resources, for building lasting friendships around shared values and goals, and for investing in good stewardship of our lands and waters. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him, and we will miss him."
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