HTA Natural Resources budget slashed in half

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The Hawaii Tourism Authority's Natural Resources Program will have to make do with half the amount of money it received last year.

The HTA said it plans to spend $2 million for native plant restoration, invasive species control and wildfire prevention among more than two dozen community-based projects within the program.

In 2008, its budget was set at $4 million; the HTA has had to cut its spending because of dwindling hotel-room tax revenue resulting from the tourism slump.

The HTA hasn't yet determined which programs will be cut.

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