POSTED: 7:11 p.m. HST, Nov 1, 2011
More than a thousand people from around the world will gather in Honolulu to discuss Pacific forestry issues and resource management.
The annual convention of the Society of American Foresters starts Wednesday. Hawai'i Convention Center officials say the meeting of students, educators and scientists will generate nearly $5 million in revenue for the state.
It's where Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to make announcement Thursday about an initiative involving Hawaii's forests.
The group's Executive Vice President and CEO Michael Goergen says Hawaii's culture, ecological diversity and respect for natural resources makes it an ideal place to hold a gathering of forestry professionals.
The meeting will include discussions on forest sustainability and field tours throughout Hawaii.
Speakers include Polynesian Voyaging Society Chairman Nainoa Thompson and U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell.