Seven New LICTs / Kona Test

  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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Good News for LICTs Needing CEUs for Recertification

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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2019 Report / NALP and the Future of the LICT

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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85th WCISA Annual Conference

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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IDENTIFYING AND RESTRICTING THE NEXT MICONIA

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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