Volunteer Forest Restoration Project

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hosts a volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, May 16th, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This month we will be removing invasive, non-native faya plants in an area of cindery soil. Most of the faya will be ones that have grown since we worked in the area a two years ago.  Many faya will be seedlings that pull easily; a few are maturing trees that we will cut with hand saws.  This is a wonderful ‘ohi’a forest with a nice variety of native under-story plants.  We’ll also learn about the park’s native forest restoration and invasive plant control programs.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over uneven terrain through brush in an area with a moderate slope. 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 16 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 forest@fhvnp.org or (808) 352-1402 by Monday evening, May 12th. 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!

Patty Kupchak, Paul Field, & Mark Johnson

Forest Restoration Committee Co-Chairs

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


June 21, Saturday
July 18, Friday
August 8, Friday
September 12, Friday
October 17, Friday
November 14, Friday

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