The Native Ecosystems Protection & Management Program (NEPM) at DLNR Forestry & Wildlife is responsible for protecting Hawaiʻi’s most unique ecosystems and species. NEPM manages the Natural Area Reserves System and oversees several programs dedicated to conservation of native species including rare plants, kāhuli (tree snails), and other native invertebrates. Click on the links below to learn more.

Natural Area Reserve System

NEPM Program Areas

In addition to managing the Natural Area Reserves System, NEPM program staff work statewide to protect unique native species and to develop public-private partnerships to protect important conservation lands including watersheds and lands with ecological, historical, and/or cultural value.