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HVNP Seeking ‘Stewardship at the Summit’ Volunteers

March 27, 2015, 1:26 PM HST
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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is seeking volunteers to participate in “Stewardship at the Summit” programs beginning April 2 and lasting through June.

Each Stewardship at the Summit day begins at 9 a.m. and goes for three hours on April 2, 11, and 17, May 1, 8, and 20, and June 5, 13, and 19.

Closeup of kōlea lau nui. NPS Photos/J. Ferracane.

Closeup of kōlea lau nui. NPS Photos/Jessica Ferracane.

Volunteers who participate in the program will help to remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native species from growing.

Interested participants can meet the project’s leaders, Paul and Jane Field, at the Kilauea Visitor Center at 9 a.m. on any of the scheduled dates.

Program organizers strongly suggest that volunteers wear sturdy hiking shoes, long pants, a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks, and water. Tools and gloves will be provided.

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There is no advanced registration required to take part in the program, and there is no cost to participate. Park entrance fees still apply.

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Since 2012, 4,271 hours have been dedicated by volunteers and more than 25 acres of native rainforests in the national park have been restored.

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