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VITAL ISLANDS BAKER AND HOWLAND Lack of Flora and Water         NEW YORK, February 17.   The Associated Press interviewed   Dr. Dana Coman, Rear-Admiral Byrd's   associate, who also completed a sur-   vey of Baker and Howland Islands to   determine methods of bringing full   vegetation to them in the interests of   water supply and other features   which would make of the areas ade-   quate airway landing stations.     He said he searched for seed grasses   and trees which will restore to the   islands' capacity to maintain normal   flora, which would produce a rain sup-   ply and provide water. The problem     will, however, take a decade, possibly a generation. At the present time, Hawaiian boys   of the Kamehameha school are main-   taining the wireless station and work-   ing to clear the areas of Howland of debris to provide landing facilities   for Mrs. Amelia Earhart, who is to fly to Australia. There is a possibility that they may also lay concrete run-   ways in time for her arrival.   He intimated if she succeeds in finding the island, which is 1,400 miles   from Honolulu, it will be a great feat   of navigation. The visibility is ex-   tremely limited, due to the lowness of the island, which is barely 20 feet above the sea. Thousands of frigate birds and boobies are a real hazard   of landing and take-off. The wind, which is a prevailing Easterly, may also hamper her. He believed, how- ever, that with normal luck, she should achieve her desire.