Volunteer Forest Restoration Project
The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hosts our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For June we’ll be working in an area of Ohia forest that has been invaded by Kahili ginger. We’ll be cutting the ginger back so that it can be treated by the park’s weed management crew. 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 able to walk a mile over uneven terrain and through brush. Sturdy walking shoes and long pants and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 352-1402 by Monday evening, June 10th. 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!
Mark Johnson, Patty Kupchak, Pohai Montague-Mullins, & Paul Field
Forest Restoration Committee Co-Chairs
P.S. Please save the date for our upcoming Forest Restoration Projects in 2013:
Friday, July 19
Saturday, August 24
Saturday, September 28
Friday, October 18
Friday, November 15