Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hosts Next Volunteer Forest Restoration Project

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hosts our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Volunteers needed to help control fountain grass along roadways in Hawaii Ocean View Estates (HOVE). Fountain grass increases fire potential, and the park is working to prevent its spread in HOVE and keep it from establishing in the Kahuku unit. Photo NPS

Volunteers needed to help control fountain grass along roadways in Hawaii Ocean View Estates (HOVE). Fountain grass increases fire potential, and the park is working to prevent its spread in HOVE and keep it from establishing in the Kahuku unit. Photo NPS

September 28th is National Public Lands Day. We will be joining the park and the Ocean View Community Association in controlling fountain grass along roadways in Hawaii Ocean View Estates (HOVE). Fountain grass increases fire potential, and the park is working to prevent its spread in HOVE and keep it from establishing in the Kahuku unit. Learn about the problems of fountain grass and its safe control from a member of the park’s Natural Resources Management team.

We will be driving the roads of HOVE looking for fountain grass along the roadside, with 2-3 people per vehicle. Volunteers who can drive their own vehicle will be helpful. The roads in HOVE are paved. For those coming from Volcano and the east side who would like to car-pool, we will meet at the Kilauea Visitors Center. There will be some space available in park vehicles.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and able to walk up to a mile along roadways and rough roadsides.  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 lunch.

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 Patty Kupchak at forest@fhvnp.org or (808) 352-1402 by Monday evening, September 23. 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***

 

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