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Campaign Against Fireweed on Mauna Kea Continues

May 29, 2014, 12:53 PM HST (Updated June 2, 2015, 11:12 AM)
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The Office of Mauna Kea Management is renewing its request for volunteers to assist in its efforts to control invasive weeds on the mountain.

Participants in the “Malama Maunakea” campaign focus primarily on eradicating fireweed. The drought-resistant plant is toxic to cattle and has invaded hundreds of thousands of acres on the Big Island and Maui.

The effort on Saturday, June 7, 2014 will concentrate on pulling fireweed along the Mauna Kea Access road and around Hale Pohaku at the mountain’s 9,200-foot elevation.

The weeding helps keep the species from being transported to the upper elevations of Mauna Kea where it provides habitat for invasive insects, OMKM officials said.

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Volunteers are also needed for a similar effort on July 26, 2014.

To sign up, email OMKMvolunteers-grp@hawaii.edu or visit www.omkm.org for more information.

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