Planting a Sustainable Future for You
Hawaii is the only location in the United States capable of growing a wide variety of tropical rainforest hardwoods. Over the past 100 years, sugar cane and pineapple fields have replaced hundreds of thousands of acres of Hawaiian forests. Also at higher elevations forest conversion to cattle ranching has increased the lost and greatly affected the amount of Koa forest remaining. When it became cheaper to grow sugar cane and pineapple in undeveloped countries, the fields were abandoned with the former forests lost to the past.
Working with landowners who take their stewardship seriously, Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods, LLC is bringing the tropical forest back to America. Tropical hardwoods are disappearing from the world at an alarming rate.
We at HLH are master planning for sustainable production of tropical hardwoods to help meet the demands of the future. This makes good economic sense for America and for the individual tree owner this is a tangible way to participate. Please browse our website and discover what the opportunity to own tropical hardwoods can mean to your future.
Growing Cherished Hardwoods in Hawaii
If you found your way to this website you probably realize that preserving rare hardwoods for future generations makes good economic sense. All too often we are told that caring for the planet requires financial sacrifice. In cultivating hardwood forests, we have found the opposite to be true.
Agriculture and clear cut lumber practices of the past century have eliminated over 90% of the koa forests. This pattern has been repeated all over the world with the International Tropical Timber Organization predicting, that at our current rate of clearing, we have less than 14 years of prized tropical hardwoods left to cut (as of 2009). At that point, the resource will either be completely depleted or in protected areas.
Either way Entreepreneurs™ are looking to this trend as an opportunity to be in possession of a resource of increasing scarcity and value and at the same time, helping the planet. Unlike other natural resources such as oil or natural gas, new forests are not being discovered. Wood requires time to grow and the foresight necessary to plan for the future.