Volunteer Forest Restoration Project

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hosts our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, August 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This month we will be working at the Kahuku unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. We will be removing invasive plants in a kipuka of native Ohia forest with a nice mix of other native trees and understory. Access and work at this site will be strenuous. We will learn about the park’s native forest restoration program at the Kahuku unit.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able walk at least a mile and climb a steep slope with uneven footing and climb over and under logs. This project will be more difficult than most of our work sites. 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 lunch.

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 forest@fhvnp.org or (808) 352-1402 by Monday evening, August 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!

Please save the dates for our upcoming Forest Restoration Projects in 2015

September 11, Friday
October 16, Friday
November 20, Friday

9:00 am - 3:00 pm