Hawaii legislators consdier a measure to protect sandalwood trees
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.
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.
Violations of the measure would be subject to fines of up to $2,000.