Highlights of HRS 58 - Endangered Tree Law
--Provided by Hawai`i's Thousand Friends' PROTECT Project and OHELO Students
IS THERE A MAGNIFICENT OLD TREE FULL OF MEMORIES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD THAT PEOPLE WANT TO CUT DOWN AND YOU CANT STAND IT?! GUESS WHAT, THEY CANT!!
Under Hawaii. Rev. Stat. §58-1 to §58-5, - Exceptional Trees -
THIS LAW MEANS THAT ....your county has to enact laws that designate exceptional trees. Once a tree is designated as exceptional, your county arborist advisory committee can review any action that would endanger an exceptional tree.(paraphrase)
WHAT IS AN EXCEPTIONAL TREE?
An exceptional tree is a tree or stand or grove of trees with historic or cultural value, or which by reason of its age, rarity, location, size, esthetic quality, or endemic status has been designated by the county arborist commitee as worthy of preservation.(exact statutory language) Trees planted by the forestry industry are not exceptional trees. (paraphrase)
Please contact THE OUTDOOR CIRCLE at (808) 593-0300 if you have a concern regarding a tree.