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Company hopes to log eucalyptus trees on Hamakua Coast

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:18 a.m. HST, Oct 14, 2013

HILO » The CEO of a lumber manufacturing company says he remains optimistic about plans for eucalyptus logging on the Hamakua Coast.

Don Bryan says Tradewinds Hawaiian Woods hopes to start cutting trees next year and to process them at a sawmill in Ookala.

He tells the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that the company's primary product would be eucalyptus. The company hopes to also offer other exotic woods for international and local sales within a year.

Bryan has been promoting eucalyptus harvesting for a decade.

Bryan says the area has about 40,000 acres of potential timberland.

His company intends to harvest trees on about 150 acres at first and could work up to 300 acres per year.

Bryan spoke last month to the Rotary Club of South Hilo.

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Grimbold wrote:
Hope it works - area seems a bit small for continuous profitable operation
on October 14,2013 | 11:08AM
KaraJ wrote:
Eucalyptus Trees are a terrible invasive species; sounds like a reasonable way to manage them as long as something else is planted in it's place to prevent erosion.
on October 14,2013 | 11:52AM
I would imagine they would plant more Eucalyptus trees.
on October 14,2013 | 04:50PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Well good luck in this venture. Hope it works out.
on October 14,2013 | 11:57AM
fiveo wrote:
Eucalyptus trees are voracious consumers of water. They also release a type of poison into the soil to prevent anything else from growing around it. It is not a good plant for use in timber production. Also tropical soils tend not to be very deep and are easily lost thru erosion. The state itself tried planting trees in the Kulani forest in the late 1960's and early 1970"s but I believe that it did not prove to be commercially viable. Not only did it destroy the naive forest and plants opening it up to invasive species but the soils proved not suitable to growing trees year after year. Tropical soils are mostly composed of decomposed matter which is constantly being recycled and are very thin. After one harvest of the trees that were planted, the soil was mostly gone leaving only the underlying vocalic rock.
on October 14,2013 | 12:03PM
SteveToo wrote:
gonna clear cut and replant?
on October 14,2013 | 01:30PM
waimeabi wrote:
better than shipping them to china as someone is presently doing--with trucks going to kawaihae from the hamakua coast
on October 14,2013 | 03:44PM
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