Lyon Arboretum researcher honored as Endangered Species Recovery Champion
Lyon is proud to announce that one of our very own – Nellie Sugii, Manager of the Arboretum’s Hawaiian Rare Plant Program (HRPP) – has been selected as a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Champion! Congratulations Nellie, and thank you for your continuous work to protect our most endangered plant species!
The USFWS explains below why Nellie was selected:
Nellie Sugii is recognized as a 2016 Recovery Champion for her leadership in the recovery efforts for Hawai’i’s rare plant species. As the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program Manager with the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Sugii has worked tirelessly to improve the status of these endemic species. Over the past 19 years, she developed Lyon Arboretum’s Hawaiian Rare Plant Program into the most active program of its kind in the United States, playing a vital role in preventing plant extinctions. Drawing upon 30 years of experience, Sugii developed methods and techniques to grow Hawai’i’s unique plants via tissue culture and other propagation techniques, successfully propagating more than 500 of the over 1,300 native Hawaiian plant taxa.
Read more about the award on the University of Hawaii News article below: