Welcome Tree Lovers!
Thank you for your interest in being some of the first Citizen Foresters on O‘ahu! We are following in the footsteps of the National Movement of Citizen Science, where community members get out into the field, become experts in their chosen subject area, and add valuable data to our scientific knowledge of urban nature.
This is a collaborative project of federal, state, and city partners, including: the State and Private Forestry branch of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Region 5; the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife; and the Urban Forestry Division of the City and County of Honolulu.
We’re grateful for critical in-kind support from representatives of several community partners including: The Outdoor Circle, the University of Hawai‘i Master Gardener Program, the UHM Campus Inventory and Landscape Mapping Project, private landscape architect firms, and independent environmental educators.
We all look forward to spending time with you in Oahu’s urban forest!
Why Map Trees?
Although, often overlooked – street trees are important.
Our City &State Urban Forestry Programs regulate street tree plantings, removals, tree care and maintenance which requires an accurate record of our public trees.
Kaulunani is working to improve the Hawaii’s records to show:
where our trees are located
which ones need attention
and what benefits they provide
Our inventory directly aids in city planning, environmental impact and public health assessments while increasing community awareness of the benefits of trees. We also assess areas where trees are needed the most and work to increase green infrastructure.
With an accurate inventory we are able to save time and taxpayers dollars when managing our urban forest!
(Check out all the Benefits of Trees here! )
After completing Kailua town center earlier this year, Kaulunani is expanding the Citizen Forester program to include other neighborhoods! We are currently recruiting more Citizen Foresters to join the team.
Why You Should Join:
- Flexible Time Commitments
- Receive Citizen Science Certification
- Meet other like-minded Tree Lovers
- Educate the Community about the Important Role of Trees in their Neighborhood
- Gain Experience working with NGO’s & State and City Forestry Agencies
- Gain Important Forestry Skills:
- Species Identification
- How to Assess Tree Health
- How to Assess Site Condition
- How to Navigate Forestry Data and Tree Inventory Database
- Make a Difference in your Community!