The winning team of the CHamoru District Boy Scouts of America scavenger hunt in December. (From left) Tyler Anderson; Billy Naputi; Gavin Hartzell; Kiki Kalima; Kawika Davis; Conner Hartzell; Bill Davis; Roy Tsutsui, event Coordinator; Aaron Waibel; Melissa Waibel; George Waibel, and Christian Taiwerbwe. Photo courtesy of University of Guam
The winning team of the CHamoru District Boy Scouts of America scavenger hunt in December. (From left) Tyler Anderson; Billy Naputi; Gavin Hartzell; Kiki Kalima; Kawika Davis; Conner Hartzell; Bill Davis; Roy Tsutsui, event Coordinator; Aaron Waibel; Melissa Waibel; George Waibel, and Christian Taiwerbwe. Photo courtesy of University of Guam

Boy Scouts use UOG Press publication to fulfill requirements

by Olympia Terral
Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, University of Guam

Since the University of Guam Press released the revised edition of “Trees and Shrubs of the Mariana Islands” in September, many people have expressed their appreciation in having an accessible reference for plants in the region. The CHamoru District Boy Scouts of America, for one, used the book to identify native and toxic plants during a scavenger hunt held in December in Hagåtña. 

“As part of rank advancement, the boys need to learn to identify at least 10 local plants and have an understanding of the dangers of hazardous plants,” said Roy Tsutsui, Boy Scouts volunteer. “These requirements have been a significant challenge because there are not many people available who can take boys on tours to show them the plants.”

Tsutsui said the plant identification book made that requirement much easier.

Originally published in 1991 by the late Lynn Raulerson, a former University of Guam professor, and science educator Agnes F. Reinhart, the book has been out of print for years.

“The UOG College of Natural & Applied Sciences, with permission from Reinhart, decided to revise and update the nomenclature and photographs. We are gratified to hear that the Boy Scouts have put it to good use,” said Lee S. Yudin, dean of CNAS.

Tsutsui is a UOG alumnus, and Raulerson was one of his main professors. He credits her with teaching him everything he knows about plants. During his studies he also had a part-time job at the Guam Herbarium, curated by Raulerson during her years at UOG. Tsutsui worked on collecting and processing plants from Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands for leukemia research.

“Trees and Shrubs of the Mariana Islands” serves the needs of teachers, students, biologists, tourists, nature lovers, and the general public who wish to learn more about the island’s native and naturalized trees. The laminated pages allow the book to be used as a field guide rain or shine. It can be found at the Triton Bookstore at https://store.uog.edu/books, other local bookstores, and at www.uog.edu/uogpress.

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