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2019 LICH Green Industry Pre-Conference Tour 9 AM Sunday, October 13, 2019 Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden 45-680 Luluku Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744      Van Pick Up at 8:15 AM at the Honolulu Airport and the Ala Moana Hotel if needed. Registration is $40 and lunch is included. Have baggage? A secure lock up will be available at the Visitor Center on arrival at the gardens. Tour Guide: Joshlyn Sand, Director Honolulu Botanical Gardens We will stroll and drive through the lush 400 acres of Ho’omaluhia and enjoy plantings from major tropical regions around the world grouped by geographic origin. Bring sun screen, good walking shoes, mosquito repellant and rain gear. The tree collection is awesome filled with trees many species of which might be considered for the 100,000 trees proposed by the Mayor Caldwell for planting on Oahu by 2025. A list of palms in the garden that would be viable for commercial use will be available. Come and explore Ho’omaluhia, “the place of refuge.”       ...

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  The Kona Landscape Industry Certification Technician Test was held on June 13th (written) and June 15th (hands-on). This year marks the very last hands-on test to be given on the Big Island.  Seven landscapers achieved their certification in Kona. Michael J. DiMarco, LICT         Hawaii Lawn & Landscape                  Ornamental Maintenance Cary Freeman, LICT                    Hi Landscaping                                          Ornamental Maintenance Tamara Hynd, LICT                    Tamara’s Fine Gardening                      Ornamental Maintenance Josiah Olival, LICT                      Hawaii Lawn & Landscape                     Softscape Installation David Stubbs, LICT                     Stevenson and Associates                       Softscape Installation Dustin Taka, LICT                        Lono’s Landscaping LLC                         Ornamental Maintenance Joel Woodcock, LICT                 Aikane Nursery                                           Softscape Installation   The Landscape Certification Committee of LICH (Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii), who administered the certification test for NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals), understands how hard all candidates of the... ...

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If you are Landscape Industry Certified you may have had trouble keeping track of your CEUs. Have you ever wished that you could go on a web site and see how many CEUs you have accumulated in the two-year period before you recertify? Your wish has come true. This year LICH will be submitting vendor workshops, landscape classes, conferences and any other event to NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) to be approved for Landscape Industry Certified recertification at one CEU per hour of instruction attended. (For more information on the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recertification, please visit the Recertification Center at landscapeprofessionals.org.). If you attend a workshop that is NALP Approved, you can sign the NALP Approved form available with your name; and the form will be sent to NALP, and your CEUs will be added to your account. Don’t have an account with NALP? Call Margo at 703 456-4209 to receive a Username and Password. If you attended an event that did not register to be... ...

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The NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) will be alive and well for the whole upcoming year. In January 2020, as many of you know, the LICT test will still be given and administered by LICH, but the there will not be a hands-on component to the test starting in 2020. The test skills needed to pass the hands-on questions will still exist, but only as a computer-driven test! The written tests we are used to taking will be a part of that same computer-based test. As the LICT State Administrator, my strong recommendation is that if you have retakes standing in the way of getting certified, take your retakes now and get certified while the test is familiar to you. If you have any misgivings about taking the test on a computer, now is the time to get certified! The LICT designation will continue to exist and be promoted by our industry and LICH will still prepare landscapers to prepare for the test in... ...

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Our 2019 Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA) Annual Conference is fast approaching. It will be held at the Sheraton Waikiki, April 29 – May 2, 2019. We have an exciting program, with world class speakers, including Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, professor of Urban Forestry at the University of British Columbia and an ISA Board member, as our keynote speaker, talking about A Sinking Ship or Cruising Towards Bright Horizons: The Bigger Picture of Pests and Diseases in Urban Forestry. We also have speakers who are pest and disease experts from each of our Chapter States, including John Richardson and Ursula Schuch from Arizona, Igor Lacan and John Kabashima from California, Darcy Oishi and Zhiqiang Cheng from Hawaii, and Molly Sinnott and Dennis Swartzell from Nevada. Our Utility Foresters will have the opportunity to learn about controlling invasive vegetation in utility corridors with Vince Mikulanis, Don Akau and Michael Daleo, Utility TRA Best Management Practices with Kevin Eckert, updated ANSI A300 standards for Integrated Vegetation Management with Geoff... ...

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by Chelsea Arnott, CGAPS Planner   What if we knew about Miconia’s invasive impacts elsewhere and had been able to restrict it from importation and sale in Hawai`i? Today, we have the knowledge and tools to assess a plant’s potential to be invasive before it arrives, but we lack a regulatory mechanism to keep them out. Stemming in part from past LICH President Boyd Ready’s request to have a single list for prevention, the Coordinating Group on Alien Plant Species (CGAPS) has been working to develop a proposed State Restricted Plant List and set of rules that would reduce the risk of some future invasive plant introductions for Hawai`i. Historically, Hawaii’s geographic isolation limited the number of plants that were able to arrive and establish.  Since Western contact 240 years ago, more than 8,000 species of plants have been introduced to the islands. The majority of these have been either beneficial or at least benign. However, of those plants that became invasive to Hawaii’s natural areas, the majority (>80%) were intentionally introduced.... ...

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Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Individuals considered for this distinction must be full members of ASLA in good standing for at least ten years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of the ASLA, or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows. Christopher Dacus, ASLA City and County of Honolulu (Retired) Honolulu Christopher Dacus received his nomination, in Service, from the Hawaii Chapter. Now retired, Dacus worked for the Hawaii Department of Transportation and Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation for 18 years, contributing immeasurably to the improvement of the state’s open spaces and the preservation of its natural beauty. Devoted to his community and his profession,... ...

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  This year’s Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) program for Oahu was in limbo as earlier in the year, word got out that the LICT program was to come to an end in April of 2019. However, many thought that the training and exam for 2018 was cancelled even though registration for training and the exam was posted on the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii’s (LICH) website. With less than two weeks before the start of the classes, it was not clear if this year’s program was a go and registration for training was filling up. So, the committee needed to decide if the training should continue as the presenters needed to be confirmed, volunteers and sponsors recruited, and promotion for more participants conducted. Three weeks later, the classes started. Overall, there were 25 participants and the classes were held at the Pearl City Urban Garden Center, Pacific Pipe Company, and the University of Hawaii Waimanalo Research Station. On the week of the exam, the candidates, judges, volunteers, and sponsors... ...

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