Volunteer Forest Restoration Project

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hosts our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, July 18, 2014

This month we’ll be removing invasive Polygonum capitatum (knotweed) and other invasive plants in an easily accessed area of the Mauna Loa strip.  This is an area of mixed Koa and Ohia forest with a fairly open understory. 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 walk over uneven terrain and bend or kneel to remove plants. 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 forest@fhvnp.org or (808) 352-1402 by Monday evening, July 14th. 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***  PLEASE NOTE – YOU CANNOT REGISTER ON-LINE.

We look forward to working with you on many important projects this year!

Please save the dates for our upcoming Forest Restoration Projects in 2014:

  • Friday, August 8
  • Friday, September 12
  • Friday, October 17
  • Friday, November 14
Forest Restoration - Kahuku 2-17-12 by Carol Johnson