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Contact: Jessica Ferracane, Public Affairs Specialist, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, Hawai'i – Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park announces the following upcoming flight plans for June 2016:
- June 2 and 13, between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., to haul old fence material from Mauna Loa camp sites to Mauna Loa Road at about 6,000-ft. elevation.
- June 3 at 7 a.m. to shuttle crew and camp supplies to Kue'e for invasive fountain grass control.
- June 8, 23 and 24, between 6 a.m. and noon, for petrel monitoring, from the summit of Kīlauea to Mauna Loa at about 9,000-ft. elevation.
- June 20 at 9 a.m. and June 23 (time to be determined), to shuttle crew and camp supplies to Pepeiao for invasive silk oak control project.
- June 27 at 9:30 a.m. and June 30 at 8:30 a.m., to shuttle crew and camp supplies to Keauhou for invasive Guinea grass control.
- June 28, between 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku between 3,000- and 7,000-ft. elevations.
In addition, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.
The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather. Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.