Hawaii has started cutting down trees on 300 acres of Kauai forest reserve that were scorched by wildfires in 2012 and sending the wood to be processed at a new biomass-to-energy plant.
Some 15,000 tons of eucalyptus and pine trees will be removed. Native and non-invasive species will be planted in their place.
The project aims to prevent flooding and erosion and limit damage caused by three blazes that burned about 4,000 acres in the Kokee area.
The state will use the $300,000 to $500,000 it gets from selling the logs to the Green Energy facility to plant trees.