Volunteer Forest Restoration Project

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is hosting our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, September 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

This month we will be removing invasive faya plants at the Kilauea section of the park in an area we worked a couple months ago. Some of the faya will be smaller ones that can be pulled; many will be well-rooted or larger trees that we will cut with hand tools with a few of us applying herbicide.  This a fairly open area with a few pioneer ‘Ohia and other native plants. We will 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 rough, uneven terrain.  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 snacks. 

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 clean before entering the park to protect against seeds, fungus and other invasives.

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.

***If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mark Johnson at forest@fhvnp.org or (808) 961-5012 by Monday evening September 7th. 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!

Mark Johnson, Patty Kupchak & Paul Field 

Forest Restoration Committee Co-Chairs

P.S. Please save the date for our upcoming Forest Restoration Projects in 2015:

October 16, Friday

November 20, Friday

Clearing Weeds by Carol Johnson
8:30 am - 1:00 pm