For November, we'll be working on the Mauna Loa strip, clearing invasive weeds around native seedlings we've planted on previous projects. There is blackberry in the area and participants will need to wear long sleeves and long pants and we'll be wearing leather gloves. We will be able to see how much our seedlings have grown. 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 long sleeves 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.
link to pdf flier (202KB)