A Hāmākua couple with a heritage of conservation continue their quest to help the earth.
Lois and Dick Robbins have maintained their annual contribution to The Nature Conservancy in Hawai’i as a long-term investment in saving its native forests, having donated more than $545,000 over the past 19 years to the program. of TNC’s Hawai’i Island through the Max Program and Yetta Karasik Family Foundation.
The Nature Conservancy, or TNC, a global nonprofit dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends, welcomed two decades of financial support in a press release on Thursday, May 12.
“My experiences growing up among the native forests of Hawai’i have motivated me to protect and restore what remains,” Lois Robbins said in the statement. “Their natural beauty and importance cannot be overstated. They are home to valuable biodiversity and provide benefits to people such as fresh water and clean air.
Lois, who worked as an educator, grew up in Honolulu and experienced nature every day. Dick, a cardiologist, also remembers enjoying nature in his youth. Now retired, the couple live in Hāmākua and are dedicated to protecting the diversity of life in Hawai’i.
They are inspired by how the Kona Hema Preserve – home to ancient koa-`ōhi`a forest and rare species – is rebounding through TNC’s care and protection, as evidenced last year when the endangered Cyanea marksii plant bloomed. A native damsel was also spotted in Kona Hema for the first time in over 20 years. One of the biggest discoveries was the documented presence of native land snails – considered by some to be the ubiquitous canary in a coal mine, as their presence speaks to the overall thriving health of the Kona Hema forest.
“We are so grateful to the Robbins and our other supporters who make our work possible,” said Lori Admiral, Director of Philanthropy for TNC Hawai’i and Palmyra. “Their passion for nature and our efforts to make it thrive are what motivates us. »
The Robbins believe that TNC’s conservation experience, scientific knowledge and technical expertise can help ensure the long-term survival of these vital natural systems.
TNC has forged partnerships to manage 14 reserves and other sites in Hawai’i and Palmyra Atoll, working with government, private parties and communities to protect the forests and coral reefs of Hawai’i and Palmyra for their ecological value. and for the many benefits they provide to people.
“TNC boldly takes on challenges to create a world where people and nature can thrive,” said Dick. “We encourage others to consider supporting TNC. Together, we can help shape a better future for our planet.