LYON ARBORETUM VOLUNTEER TRIP – Forest surveys, OISC-style!
The second Saturday of every month at Lyon Arboretum in Manoa Valley from 9:00am-2:00pm.
Each trip focuses on removing high-threat invasive plants that, if allowed to spread, would threaten the healthy native forests that are the “sponge” that captures our island’s fresh water. By removing invasive plants from the lowlands, we prevent them from “jumping the fence-line” into the native forest communities at higher elevations. As a volunteer, you will help remove incipient, invasive plants that are found only at Lyon Arboretum. Your help will contribute to the long term goal of completely eliminating these species from the island before they have a chance to do harm and become a permanent problem in the island’s landscape.
Volunteers will be hand-pulling plants and hiking off-trail in moderately steep to steep terrain with exposure to sun, rain, mosquitoes and muddy conditions. Volunteers should be physically fit for strenuous activity.
PŪPŪKEA-PAUMALU VOLUNTEER TRIP – Trail Surveys
Held the last Saturday of the month at Pūpūkea-Paumalu State Park Reserve on O‘ahu’s North Shore from 9am-2pm.
Each trip focuses on surveying trails for devil weed (Chromolaena odorata) and pulling it out when we find it to prevent it’s further spread. Devil weed is listed as one of the 100 World’s Worst invasive species. It’s a sever agricultural pest, invasive crop and ranch lands and it’s toxic to livestock. It smothers forest edges and native vegetation. It’s high oil content in leaves, combined with it’s dry stems and dry habitat makes it a fire hazard. These trail surveys will remove plants before they mature, preventing hitchhiking seeds being spread via hikers and bikers.
Volunteers will be hand-pulling plants, hiking along easy to moderate trails. Expect exposure to sun, heat, rain and mud, mosquitoes and some steep areas of trail. Volunteers should be physically fit and able to hike up to 4.5 hours at a moderate pace.
Minimum age for participants is 12 yrs.
Children ages 12-15 must have an adult accompany them for the duration of the trip.
Children ages 12-17 yrs. must have parent/guardian signature.
Please call 808-266-7994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.