county of hawaii: AGRICULTURE

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Koa Tree
Silviculture - forestry - is one of the Big Island's fastest growing diversified agricultural activities. Most of the state's 1.7 million acres of forest and 700,000 acres of timberland are on the Big Island, both privately and publicly held. Nearly all forestry activity - valued at over $29 million in 1993 - is Big Island-based, in particular the selective harvesting of Acacia koa, the islands' premier native wood. Among the most common of Hawaii's forest trees, koa's beauty and variety have placed it among the most highly valued woods worldwide. The Big Island is well known for its fine woodworkers, bowl turners and custom furniture makers, who employ koa and a host of other tropical hardwoods in their creations. Other forestry-related businesses include seedling nurseries, agroforestry consultants, ecotourism ventures, milling operations and lumber kilns. The state's largest commercial tree farm, an operation of Prudential Timber Investments, is planting at least 16,000 acres of short-rotation hardwoods on former sugarcane land. Thousands of acres of mature hardwoods, planted decades ago by state foresters and now ready for harvest, will also contribute to this growing industry.


 

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