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Friends to Remove Fountain Grass in HOVE

September 9, 2013, 1:20 PM HST
* Updated September 9, 1:21 PM
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The Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park will be observing National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28 by removing fountain grass along the roads of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

The flammable weed is not only a problem in the sprawling Ka‘u subdivision, but also poses a threat to the Kahuku Unit of the national park located adjacent to and above HOVE.

The effort, the latest of the Friends’ forest restoration projects, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It will include education about the problems caused by fountain grass and its safe removal from a member of Hawai`i Volcanoes’ natural resources management team.

The effort involves driving the roads of HOVE, which are paved, with several people per vehicle. Volunteers who can drive their own vehicle are encouraged to participate.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old and able to walk up to a mile along roadways and rough roadsides.

Sturdy walking shoes and long pants are required, along with gear for variable weather conditions. That includes being prepared for sun or rain with a hat, sunscreen and raincoat. Volunteers should bring drinking water and a lunch.

Those coming from the east side of the island who wish to car-pool should meet at the Kilauea Visitors Center.

Pre-registration is required, and all participants need to sign a Friends release form and a park volunteer form. Those under 18 will need an adult to co-sign.

Interested persons should contact Patty Kupchak at 352-1402 or [email protected] by Monday, Sept. 23. Include first and last names, email addresses and a phone number in case there is a last-minute cancellation.

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