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Guam conservation efforts progress
Date:7/17/2012

information in future conservation efforts," said Farley. Alternatively, if the project reveals factors that indicate a fadang tree is too unhealthy to transplant, then valuable resources can be used more intelligently in future conservation projects.

The project also illuminates the sorts of partnering that may occur among various agencies to enact conservation measures for the protection of Guam's natural resources. A portion of the trees will be conserved at the University of Guam, and a portion of the trees will be maintained at the Department of Agriculture.

The U.S. Department of Defense has initiated a military buildup on Guam, and this construction project is an example of their commitment to local conservation efforts during the buildup. Investing the resources to transplant these important trees demonstrates a commitment to the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act. Cycas micronesica has been described as endangered on lists compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Government of Guam. The lessons learned and trees saved by this project will advance much-needed conservation of the species.


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Contact: Olympia Terral
olympia.uog@gmail.com
University of Guam
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