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Saving Spores

Often overlooked, ferns are a critical part of Hawaii’s native forest ecosystems and watersheds. Learn how NTBG scientists are saving spores.

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Restoring Kauai’s Native Forests

Nearly one-third of Hawaiian flora is on the U.S. Endangered Species List, and more than 230 species have less than 50 individuals remaining in the wild. Since 2016 NTBG and conservation partners statewide have been working to halt the extinction of Polyscias bisattenuata – and it’s working. Donate Now On the steep montane face of…

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Dr. Sandra Knapp Awarded 2022 David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration

Kalaheo, Hawaii (April 5, 2022)—The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) has awarded Dr. Sandra Knapp, a tropical botanist and researcher at the Natural History Museum, London the 2022 David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. The medal has been awarded annually since 1999 to individuals who have demonstrated service to humanity in exploring remote areas of…

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