Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Launches Korean Web Site, Expanding Global Awareness for Reforestation

Dec 08, 2010, 18:41 ET from Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods

HONOLULU, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) recently translated their web site to Korean in order to better serve their South Korean clients. Although 65% of South Korea's land is forested, the country is still one of the top importers of forestry products in the world. South Korean residents understand the need for preserving natural resources and have expressed interest in investing with HLH.

HLH is an evolutionary model for tropical reforestation, using sustainable forestry principles and practices. HLH is creating a sustainable source of native Hawaiian koa (Acacia koa) to take pressure off of old growth forests. Through its Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, HLH is reforesting part of its 2,700 acre project with Koa Legacy Trees, which are planted along the riparian buffers (ravines) by their forestry crews.  These trees are part of a managed forest and will not be harvested—providing habitat corridors for native birds as they return to the newly forested land. HLH is returning a native ecosystem and improving biodiversity.

"The positive effects of tropical reforestation ultimately touch everyone on earth so we're pleased to see so much interest from outside Hawaii," says Jeffrey Dunster, CEO of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods. "Our ultimate goal is to create a more sustainable future for everyone. By reaching out to the global community and providing ways to participate in our efforts, we will increase awareness for how the simple act of planting a tree has a huge impact on our environment."  

More About Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods

The Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) Plantation is located 34 miles north of Hilo, above historic Umikoa Village on the slopes of Mauna Kea. The 2,700-acre sustainable forestry project will support the growth of 1.3 million rare tropical hardwood trees, primarily Koa, indigenous only to Hawaii. The planting site was once a magnificent Koa forest and the personal property of King Kamehameha I. This old growth forest was almost lost to clear-cut harvesting and cattle grazing, but Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods is working to return this site to its former glory.  For more information, visit http://www.hawaiianlegacyhardwoods.com or contact HLH by phone at  (877) 707-TREE (8733) or (808) 595-8847 or via email at info@hawaiianlegacyhardwoods.com.

For more information, contact:

Tiffany DeEtte Shafto

Special Projects Manager

Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods

(808) 634-2587


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