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Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces the following upcoming flight plans for March 2016:
• March 11, 21, and 25, between 7 a.m. and noon, to shuttle crew, camp supplies, fencing material and equipment to Mauna Loa at about 9,000-ft. elevation.
• March 23, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. for fountain grass monitoring and control below Kamo‘oali‘i and at Kue‘e.
• March 25, between noon and 5 p.m., near Kīlauea summit, for helicopter crew training.
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.
In addition, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.