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New Botanical Research Center to be Built on Kauai

28 November 2006
Construction on a new US$21million Botanical Research Center in Hawa'ii is expected to begin in January.

The 20-thousand-foot building will house the National Tropical Botanical Garden's extensive herbarium and botanical library.

Director Charles R ``Chipper'' Wichman says this will be the organization's fifth garden -- three are on Kauai, one on Maui and one in South Florida. Wichman says the gardens will help preserve the botanical heritage of Hawa'ii and the Pacific. He says they will help save ecosystems, endangered species and cultural knowledge.

Hawa'ii has more endangered species - most of which are plants - than any other US state.

The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2007.

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