LICT Test Calendar, 2015

For Registration Forms for Kona, Maui or Oahu, go to www.hawaiiscape.com Certifications Page If you want to add Softscapoe Installation to your list of certifications, this year is your chance to make that happen. Questions? Call Garrett Webb, LICT State Administrator at 808 960-3650 Kona Ornamental Maintenance and Softscape Installation Written Tests: June 18th / Field Test: June 20th Maui Ornamental Maintenance TBA Oahu Ornamental and Turf Maintenance and Irrigation Written Test: August 13th / Field Test: August: 15th ...

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Hawaii DOT is Raising the Bar on Worker Qualifications

Roadside Maintenance Contracts Require CLTs and Arborists CLT Certification is now required for all Hawaii DOT roadside landscape maintenance contracts. All private contractors must show proof of certified employees before signing new roadside mowing & irrigation maintenance contracts. At least one supervisor must be certified in good standing as a CLT/Maintenance and one with the CLT/Irrigation and must be on the work site at all times during operation. Both of these certifications may be held by the same person serving in the respective positions. All tree work above 10 feet also requires certified workers. This requirement calls for an ISA  Certified Arborist with at least six years of experience to supervise and be on site at all times during tree work above 10 feet. All work in the tree must be done by Certified Tree Workers with at least three years experience with local tree species. CLT Training and Certification Starts Soon The 2011 CLT season begins with the Kauai training classes in May and June. All those interested should... ...

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Research Supports Keeping It Local!

USING NATIVE HAWAIIAN PLANTS IN LANDSCAPING WILL PROMOTE AWARENESS AND CREATE NEW DEPOSITS OF NATIVE FLORA Plant local!  We know there’s debate about how strongly native Hawaiian species like `ohi`a lehua should be emphasized in local landscaping projects.  Often plants are chosen based on availability, popularity, ease of growth and economics.  Here’s another consideration that hits closer to home.  Hawaii’s native plants face a multitude of threats in their natural environments (fueling our infamous title of “endangered species capitol of the world”).  Use of native species in landscaping efforts will not only showcase and promote an awareness of the unique beauty of Hawaiian flora, but done wisely can also create “repositories” of genetic stock.  However, given the findings of our research and related studies on the evolution and biogeography of Hawaii’s flora, we strongly urge the landscape industry to keep native species as local to their source as possible and leave genetic introductions to conservation managers. Hawai`i is an unprecedented natural laboratory for experiments in local adaptation and speciation (the... ...

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‘Iliahi – The Forest Mediator

The ‘Iliahi tree (Sandalwood) is a rem­­arkable, valuable, and fascinating plant that can play a vital role in native landscapes. ‘Iliahi trees (Santalum spp.) are hemi-parasitic and require a host plant to help them grow.  Their shallow roots graft onto roots of other plants through a sucker-like organ called haustoria which enable them to take nourishment from the host (or multiple hosts). That would seem like a big disadvantage for the host plant, but the reality is more complex and there may be shared benefits.  It could be that ‘Iliahi was an essential part of the mesic forests of Hawaii as a unifying element helping to balance resources. Four species of Sandalwood are listed as endemic to Hawaii, including Santalum ellipticum, S. freycinetianum, S. haleakalae, and S. paniculatum.  ‘Iliahi has few insect pests, is drought tolerant (particularly S. ellipticum), has attractive reddish new leaves and flowers (particularly S. freycinetianum), and has a slow to moderate growth rate with ultimate height varying between species and planting locations. Historic records and other... ...

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Landscape Industry Certification Program Information

LICH administers the national PLANET certification (CLT) program in Hawaii. LICH offers four CLT-E certifications are offered: Turf Maintenance, Ornamental Maintenance, Softscape Installation, & Irrigation. Visit the LICH website at www.landscapehawaii.org for a complete listing of CLT landscape professionals in Hawaii. BENEFITS OF CERTIFICATION Certified employees are required for all State DOT roadside landscape maintenance contracts A sense of personal achievement Increased professional credibility, respect & recognition in the industry Increased marketing advantages for your firm by having certified individuals on staff HOW TO EARN THE CERTIFICATION Candidates are allowed to start one certification exam per year. The exam consists of both written tests and hands on field problems. All parts of exam must be successfully completed to become certified in each category. CLT exams are offered once a year on Oahu, Kauai and in Kona. Visit www.landscapehawaii.org for exam dates and registration forms. HOW TO KEEP THE CERTIFICATION Continual professional development activities are essential if certified individuals are to understand and accommodate changes in the green industry.  Therefore, to... ...

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