KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says it is reopening public comment on a plan to designate nearly 19,000 acres of land on the Big Island as critical habitat for three plant species.
The agency said Tuesday it plans to hear public comments on its proposal until Sept. 3, which includes listing 15 species as endangered.
Nearly two-thirds of the land is owned by the state of Hawaii. The proposal includes designating more than 2,800 acres associated with Kamehameha Schools, plus 87 acres associated with the Department of Hawaiian Homelands.
The agency says the plans are threatened by urban development and non-native plants, feral pigs, sheep and goats.
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa says there are still unanswered questions about the plan.
She says she's hoping to find a compromise.