A significant update was made to The Outdoor Circle’s Exceptional Tree Map (ETM), with this version 3.0 update highlighting not only the many new Exceptional Trees on Maui and Oahu, but also the selection criteria and approximate age of each Exceptional Tree on Oahu (where data was available). This update was able to take place when TOC’s Programs Director, Myles Ritchie, manually digitized all of Oahu’s Exceptional Tree nomination forms and then used the data to find which of the seven selection criteria (historical/cultural value, age, size, location, endemic status, rarity and aesthetic value) each tree represents, in addition to their approximate ages and planting dates based on these nomination forms. The goal is to repeat this process for all Exceptional Trees for Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i counties, pending access to nomination forms. To view the updated ETM, please visit the TOC website, www.outdoorcircle.org, where under “Trees” you will find a link to the Exceptional Tree Map.
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