Located a 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i, Palmyra Atoll is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth. The Nature Conservancy bought Palmyra in 2000 from the Fullard-Leo family, who had previously turned down offers to have the atoll used as a nuclear waste site and a casino.
Today, Palmyra is a national marine monument and the Conservancy and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are partnering to protect it. Through the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium, it is also being developed as a center for scientific study. What we can learn at Palmyra—about global climate change, coral reefs, marine restoration and invasive species—promises to inform conservation strategies for island ecosystems throughout the Pacific and around the world.
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The Nature Conservancy completes a $1.2 million renewable energy project at Palmyra that will almost eliminate the use of fossil fuels.
The Palmyra Renewable Energy Project would not have happened without the support of Maui engineer Jake Freeman.
Palmyra is a safe haven for the coconut crab, the world's largest terrestrial arthropod.
Palmyra's new solar and wind energy systems will dramatically reduce the atoll's carbon footprint. See how it was installed.
Photographer Andrew Wright focuses his lens on Palmyra’s fantastic terrestrial and marine wildlife.
See how three shipwrecks were removed from Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef without harming the marine ecosystem.
Find out why this remote Pacific Atoll is so important to conservation and science.
Watch a time-lapse video of the construction of Palmyra's prototype, bird-friendly wind turbine.