In 2022, the Oahu and the Hawai‘i Island had their Arborist Advisory Committees (AAC) reformed after a nearly two-year hiatus prompted by the Covid pandemic and election of new mayors. These committees feature tree experts selected by the mayor of each county and are responsible for not only each location’s Exceptional Trees, but also act more broadly as an important advisory board for all urban forestry components. The Outdoor Circle is well -represented on these two AAC’s with TOC Programs Director Myles Ritchie as Chair of the City and County of Honolulu’s AAC, while Jonathan Sudler, TOC Board Member and Vice President of the East Hawai‘i Branch, has once again been selected to the Hawai‘i County’s AAC. The reformation of these two AAC’s was assisted with support from TOC’s Executive Director, Winston Welch. The existence of these AAC’s around Hawai‘i will assist in improving the state’s Exceptional Tree program and urban forestry best practices.
The Greenleaf is the online newsletter and blog of The Outdoor Circle. Here you will find updates on the projects and accomplishments of our many branches throughout the state, as well as programs with statewide impact.