HONOLULU (KHON2) — On Molokai, a critical piece of land on the island’s east side has been acquired by the state in hopes of protecting an important watershed.

Covering 800 acres, Puaahala was purchased from a private owner for just over $3 million a large part of the funds coming from federal funding.

The purchase also allows the state in enhance it’s work to protect native species in the area.