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View of Kīlauea Point from Mōkōlea Point. Photo courtesy of Greg Stutzer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday the release of a comprehensive conservation plan outlining the goals, objectives and strategies for managing Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years.

The management plan was developed with input from local, state and federal governments, as well as local communities and other stakeholders, according to a Kīlauea Refuge press release. The plan emphasizes enhancing coastal ecosystems, restoring seabird breeding populations, conducting monitoring and research, and improving visitor services and environmental education.

“This plan reflects the tireless work of the many people who care deeply for the refuge and Kaua‘i’s natural and cultural resources. We are excited to present the plan to the public and continue to work with the community in shaping the refuge’s future!” said Heather Tonneson, Project Leader for the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

A Mōlī, or Laysan albatross. Photo courtesy of Amanda Gladics

A Mōlī, or Laysan albatross. Photo courtesy of Amanda Gladics

The draft plan, released in February 2015, analyzed four management alternatives. USFWS evaluated written comments and public input on the draft plan and revised the plan to include the information received. Some changes in the final plan from what was proposed in the draft plan include:

— Public use and access to Kāhili Quarry will continue to be allowed 24 hours a day and the refuge will continue to work with the local community to promote stewardship in the area.