Jonathan Sprague

Jonathan Sprague began his conservation career 20 years ago as a volunteer in the Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument with the US Fish and Wildlife. Since then he has served Hawaii’s natural resources and stakeholders with a range of government, non-government, and landowner organizations in a variety of roles. This experience has given him broad familiarity with the complexity and nuance of managing Hawaii’s rare and unique ecosystems in a densely populated island archipelago where natural resources are greatly limited and easily damaged, but vitally important for the state’s residents. Jon studied insect physiological ecology at the University of Montana, and earned a master of science in 2013. He and his partner Rachel have lived on Lāna‘i since 2015 and are co-Directors of the Conservation Department with Pūlama Lāna‘i, positions they have held since 2018. The overall mission of the department is to support ecological, cultural, and economic sustainability on the 90,000 acre island of Lāna‘i through responsible stewardship.