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Here is a link that will enable you to sign a petition calling for UH to save the tree.
The Outdoor Circle urges its supporters to visit the website and sign the petition.
To learn the full details of The Outdoor Circle’s position on this issue please read my letter to U.H. Manoa Chancellor, Virginia Hinshaw.
For further information, below are two articles about the issue. The first is a story that was published in the August 2009 issue of The Outdoor Circle Newsletter, Greenleaf. The second is a link to an article from a blog by KGMB news reporter Jim Mendoza and published on the KGMB website in October 2009.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this issue.
Thank you for your continued support.
TOC is fighting the removal of numerous trees including an extremely rare variety of Banyan are planned to be removed from the Campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The trees are in the way of a planned student recreation center adjacent to the UH Campus Center.
TOC has urged Manoa Chancellor Virgina Hinshaw to move the project to a better location on the opposite side of the Campus Center. TOC says the building is being “shoehorned” into a space that is too close to other buildings and would require the “tragic removal” of the Banyan. The important “heritage tree” is believed to have been planted by the reknowned Botonist Dr. Joseph Rock and might be the only Banyan of its type in Hawai‘i.
TOC believes the Campus Center administration wants construction to start before the project’s funding lapses. TOC told Hinshaw that rationale will result in rushing the project into the wrong site, for the wrong reasons.
By Jim Mendoza, KGMB 9 News