Forest Restoration Project

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is hosting our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, October 17th, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

We’ll be working on the Mauna Loa strip, clearing invasive weeds around native seedlings we’ve planted on previous projects. This will allow the park to control blackberry and other weeds without hurting the seedlings. We’ve been helping the park at this site for several years and are making steady progress. There is blackberry in the area and participants will need to wear long sleeves and long pants and we’ll be wearing leather gloves. We will learn about the park’s forest restoration efforts from a member of their Natural Resources Management team.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able walk at least a mile and over uneven terrain and through brush. Sturdy walking shoes and long pants are required, along with gear for variable weather conditions (be prepared for sun or rain with a hat, raincoat, sunscreen, etc.) plus drinking water and a snack.

Also imperative is scrubbing the soles of one’s shoes prior to arrival on site, in order to ensure outside dirt and invasive species seeds aren’t tracked in.

Our goal is a crew of 14 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 high levels of SO2 in the area. If it is too heavy 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 or (808) 352-1402 by Monday evening, October 13th. Please include your first and last name, email address, 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!

P.S. Please save the date for our upcoming Forest Restoration Projects in 2014:

November 14, Friday

8:30 am - 1:00 pm