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Citizen Forrester

Troop 33 scouts have an opportunity to become “Citizen Foresters” with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.  This is a new DLNR program to inventory trees in urban areas and they are starting with Kailua, Waikiki, and Manoa.  This is an opportunity for scouts to learn about tree species, tree health assessment, and use of GPS/smart phones.  It is also an opportunity to perform conservation service hours towards advancement (Life Rank requires 3 conservation-related service hours) and towards the BSA National Outdoor Awards program.  The Citizen Forester program entails attending three training sessions then working on inventorying trees in urban areas.

The training schedule is:

Saturday, January 20

  9 am – 11 am,  YMCA on Atkinson Dr., Measure and Assess Trees

  11:30 – 1 pm, Ala Moana Park, Field Training

Saturday, February 10

  9 am – 11 am, YMCA on Atkinson Dr., Tree Species Identification

  11:30 am – 1 pm, Ala Moana Park, Field Training

Saturday, February 17

  9 am – 11,  YMCA on Atkinson Dr., Plotting location and recording observations

  11:30 am – 1 pm, Ala Moana Park, Field Training

There is $20 fee per person to cover cost of training supplies and a t-shirt.  Here is a link with information on the DLNR Citizen Forester Program.  Here is a link with information on BSA National Outdoor Awards Program

Please note that we will need a few adults to attend the training and to help with the tree inventory.

If you want to do the Citizen Forester program, please sign-up at this Friday’s troop meeting.  If you are not able to attend the troop meeting and wish to sign up or you have questions, please contact Scoutmaster Hashiro.