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Monday, January 7, 2013

Have a Favorite Big Tree? Nominate it to Compete in the National Big Tree Competition

A Koa tree in Kona Hema Preserve, Hawai‘i that received a national title.
Photo courtesy Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Think you have a champion candidate? Anyone can nominate a big tree
— currently 21 eligible species available for nominations in Hawai‘i.

HONOLULU --  The Department of Land and Natural Resources invites the public to help Hawai‘i compete in American Forests’ National Big Tree Program*. The Big Tree Program seeks the largest trees of their species in the United States - called National Champions. American Forests’ Fall 2012 National Register of Big Trees represents 780 National Champion trees.

There are currently 870 tree species eligible for nomination in the national program and over 200 species without champions. Last year, six trees from Hawai‘i gained national titles, including the following:

·        A Koa* in Kona Hema Preserve, Hawai‘i
·        Two Coconut trees* in Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park, Molokai
·        A Hau at Hulihe`e Palace, Hawaii
·        An `A`ali`i at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Maui
·        A Mānele at Kipuka Puaulu, Volcano National Park, Hawai‘i

“These trees form the uniquely Hawaiian rainforest, an essential part of Hawaii's biological and cultural heritage. Because these native trees absorb rainfall and cloud water, protecting these forests is the most cost effective and efficient way to secure Hawaii's water supply,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson.

The State of Hawai‘i is looking forward to taking part in the Big Tree Program and is inviting the public to submit nominations for candidates of the following species:

Common Tree Name
Hawaiian Tree Name
Genus & Species
Acacia koa
Diospyros sandwicensis
Erythrina sandwicensis
'ohi'a ha
‘ōhi‘a ha
Syzygium sandwicense
Malaysian apple
‘ōhi‘a ai
Syzygium malaccense
White hibiscus
koki'o ke'oke'o
Hibiscus arnottianus
ma’o hau hele
Hibiscus brackenridgei
Red Kauai Hibiscus
Hibiscus clayii
Hawaiian holly
Ilex anomala
Kolea lau nui
Kōlea lau nui
Myrsine lessertiana
Hawai‘ian olive
Nestegis sandwicensis
papala kepau
Pisonia brunoniana
Hawaiian Sumach
Rhus sandwicensis
Sapindus oahuensis
Sophora chrysophylla
Oahu prickly-ash
Zanthoxylum oahuense
Paper Mulberry
Broussonetia papyrifera
Cocos nucifera
Sea Hibiscus
Hibiscus tiliaceus
Soapberry Wingleaf
Sapindus saponaria
Dodonaea viscosa

To nominate a tree, you need to provide three measurements: Trunk Circumference (inches), Height (feet), and Average Crown Spread (feet). These are combined to assign the tree a score. We also need to know the exact location to verify any candidates. If you have photographs of the tree, please include those in your submission.

American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, advocates for the protection and expansion of America’s forests. Since 1990, they have planted more than 40 million trees. They work to restore watersheds to help provide clean drinking water, and replant forests destroyed by human action and by natural disasters.

To learn more about the specific measuring requirements please review the guidelines at the American Forests website

Two Coconut trees in Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park, Molokai
were named national champions in the Big Trees Competition

Please send your measurements by      February 1, 2012 along with GPS           coordinates or specific directions to a candidate big tree to:                             

Hannah Bergemann
DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325
Honolulu, HI  96813

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1 comment:

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