The Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park group will host its next volunteer forest restoration project on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“This month we will be planting native trees in one- to three-gallon pots in the Kilauea section of the park. The area where we work and the species planted will be dependent on how much rain has been received by possible planting sites. We will also learn about the park’s native forest restoration program,” said Friends spokeswoman Elizabeth Fien.
Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to walk up to a half mile over uneven terrain with a moderate slope. 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.
“In addition, imperative is scrubbing the soles of one’s shoes prior to arrival on site, in order to ensure outside dirt and invasive species seeds are not tracked in,” said Fien.
“Our goal is a crew of 12 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 will cancel the project and try to notify everyone in advance,” she said.
To get involved, please contact the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-7373 by Wednesday evening. Please include your first and last name, email address and a phone number.