S.C.R. NO.














requesting the establishment of a statewide program to plant one million trees by october 2010, as part of the children and youth month celebration.



     WHEREAS, trees are essential to a healthy environment for Hawaii, and increasing the number of trees planted in Hawaii would improve Hawaii's natural beauty and provide other needed benefits; and


     WHEREAS, trees supply oxygen in the air we breathe and keep the air supply fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide; and


     WHEREAS, trees provide shade and shelter, reducing annual heating and cooling costs in the United States by $2.1 billion; and


     WHEREAS, tree roots stabilize the soil, prevent soil erosion, support the capture and conservation of our water supply, and help remediate pollutants; and


     WHEREAS, trees cut down on noise pollution by acting as sound barriers; and


     WHEREAS, trees lower air temperatures by evaporating water from their leaves; and


     WHEREAS, in the 1980s, Hawaii successfully planted 1,200,000 trees for the "A Million Trees of Aloha" initiative; and


     WHEREAS, across the nation, in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, New York City, and other places, communities are working to plant a million trees in urban settings; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2010, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Children and Youth Month Planning Committee and the Nature Conservancy, in partnership with other community organizations, are requested to establish and coordinate a statewide program to plant one million trees by October 2010, as part of the Children and Youth Month celebration; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the community groups are requested to partner with local growers to plant indigenous trees and fruit trees, when feasible; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Children and Youth Month Planning Committee is requested to provide a report on the success of the tree planting campaign to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the 2011 Regular Session; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the county Mayors, the Dean of the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, the Chairperson of the Children and Youth Month Planning Committee, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, the Chief Executive Officer of the Outdoor Circle, the Chairperson of the Friends of Hawaii's Urban Forest, the Chairperson of the Tropical Reforestation & Ecosystems Education (TREE) Center Hawaii, and the President of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.









Report Title: 

Keiki Caucus; Trees; Planting