On a rainy day of Saturday of December 14, 2019, over 80 volunteers attended a tree planting event at Windward Community College that saw 31 trees (mostly 25-gallon) added to the southern end of the Great Lawn. The specimens consisted of 28 native trees and two ficus trees and marked the first stage of a replanting program for the campus. Over the past several years, many of the campus’ iconic ficus trees have had to be removed due to deteriorating health conditions resulting from age and the gall wasp killing of the trees. This situation has turned a campus once full of trees with magnificent canopies into an increasingly grass-dominated landscape. However, through the planting of these new trees, students and members of the community will be able to experience several new species to the campus that will not only provide environmental benefits, but also allow students in courses ranging from botany to Hawaiian studies the opportunity to have ideal native species on campus that can be incorporated into their curriculums. This event was made possible due to a grant from Enterprise Car Rental and the Arbor Day Foundation, and was a collaboration between the Outdoor Circle, University of Hawaii at Manoa/Windward campuses, Arbor Day Foundation and Enterprise. With this event, we are looking forward to additional plantings at the Windward campus in the years to come, allowing us to continue building off of the momentum from this event and leading to a tree-filled campus once again.
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