Since the September 2018 release of the revised edition of Trees and Shrubs of the Mariana Islands, many people have expressed their appreciation in having an accessible reference for plants in the region. The CHamoru District Boy Scouts of America used the book to identify native and toxic plants during a scavenger hunt held in the historic village of Hagåtña last December.
“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. 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. It is books like yours that make the challenge much easier,” said Roy Tsutsui, Boy Scouts volunteer.
Originally published in 1991 by former University of Guam professor, the late Lynn Raulerson, and science educator Agnes F. Reinhart, the book has been out of print for years. “The College of Natural & Applied Science (CNAS), 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 Yudin, dean of CNAS.
Tsutsui is a UOG alumnus and Dr. 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 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for leukemia research.
Published by the University of Guam Press, Trees and Shrubs of the Marianas is a book that 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 durable, laminated pages allow the book to be used as a field guide rain or shine. It can be found at the Triton Bookstore, other local bookstores and at www.uog.edu/uogpress.
For more information about UOG Press and CNAS and its many programs, please visit www.uog.edu.