Volunteers plant 100 Mauna Kea silverswords
HONOLULU (AP) — Volunteers planted 100 endangered Mauna Kea silversword plants on the slopes of the Big Island volcano over the weekend.
The Office of Mauna Kea Management said Monday the volunteers also pulled weeds as part of an ongoing effort to restore native habitat near the astronomy visitor’s center on the mountain.
Natural Resources Program Manager Fritz Klasner says planting silversword plants will help ensure their existence at Mauna Kea for future generations.
Volunteers have been gathering at events to pull weeds since last year but planted native plants in the area for the first time on Saturday.
The Mauna Kea silversword was listed as endangered in 1986.
The plants may live from three to more than 50 years before flowering. The entire plant dies after it flowers.
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