To support the National Park Service in the protection, preservation, and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Friday, September 20, 2019
The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is hosting our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, September 20th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This month we will be working on the Mauna Loa strip, clearing invasive plants in a restoration area where we have done planting and invasive control since 2009. This will provide hands-on learning about invasive weed control and how it fits in with the park’s broader vegetation management program. Volunteers play an important role in protecting important and threatened native ecosystems.
Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven ground. Sturdy walking shoes and long pants are required. Be prepared with gear for variable weather conditions, we could have sun or rain or both (bring a hat, raincoat, sunscreen, etc.) plus drinking water, snacks and lunch. We will all arrive and leave from the site at the same time.
Also imperative is scrubbing the soles of one’s shoes prior to arrival on site, in order to ensure outside dirt/soil and invasive species aren’t tracked in. Clothing, tools, and gloves, etc. should be cleaned before entering the park to protect against seeds, Rapid Ohia Death fungus and other invasives.
Our goal is a crew of 17 people, and pre-registration is required. All participants will need to sign a Friends release form and a park volunteer form. For those under 18, an adult will need to co-sign.
Be aware that there can be VOG or poor air quality (unlikely, but possible). If the levels are unsafe or the Park is closed, we’ll cancel the project and try to notify everyone in advance.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patty Kupchak at email@example.com or (808) 352-1402 by Monday evening September 16th. Please include your first & last name(s), email address(s) and a phone number where we can reach you at the last minute in case of cancellation
Come join us for a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our National Park and participate in native forest recovery!