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Mālama Maunakea Weed-Pull Scheduled

August 17, 2016, 3:42 PM HST
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Volunteers removing invasive weeds at Halepōhaku. Photo courtesy Office of Maunakea Management.

Volunteers removing invasive weeds at Halepōhaku. Photo courtesy Office of Maunakea Management.

The next Office of Maunakea Management Mālama Maunakea volunteer day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20.

As part of its Mālama Maunakea campaign to protect the resources on the mountain, OMKM organizes Saturday volunteer weed-pulls to control fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) and other invasive plant species around the Halepōhaku area on Maunakea at the 9,000-foot elevation.

Every OMKM volunteer weed-pull helps to prepare the area for future restoration projects.

Transportation to and from Hilo and lunch for volunteers will be provided.

Community members coming from other areas of Hawai‘i Island should contact OMKM to coordinate meeting at Halepōhaku.

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The Mālama Maunakea volunteer day starts with a project orientation and acclimation to the high elevation.

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From 10 a.m. until noon, volunteers will pull fireweed in the Halepōhaku area followed by lunch.

A lecture on the Maunakea resources completes this day on the mountain.

Items to bring include, sunglasses, sunscreen, sun protection, light rain gear, warm clothing, hiking boots or good walking shoes.

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Long-sleeve shirt and pants, sun-hat, and layer(s) to protect from wind or wet and cool weather are recommended.

OMKM will provide lunch, snacks, transportation, drinking water, gloves for pulling weeds

Families are welcome.

These weed-pull events are popular community activities so reservations are required. Space is limited, and sign up is on a first-come, first serve basis.

Email [email protected] to sign up or contact OMKM Natural Resource Program Manager Fritz Klasner at (808) 933-0742.

Log onto malamamaunakea.org for more information.

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