HTA Natural Resources budget slashed in half


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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