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Hawaii legislators consdier a measure to protect sandalwood trees

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February 29, 2012

Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawaii: A state senate committee will consider a bill banning the unlicensed destruction or harvesting of sandalwood trees. This is a result of the diminishing number of native sandalwood trees in Hawaii, due to over-harvesting and the introduction of invasive species.[1]

If harvesting is permitted, the measure would require that the trees be replaced where they were removed. It also includes incentives for the cultivation of sandalwood for conservation and commercial purposes.[1]

Violations of the measure would be subject to fines of up to $2,000.[1]

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