Hawaii participates in National Public Lands Day

Courtesy: NPS Photos/J.Ferracane

“Helping hands for America’s lands” is the motto for National Public Lands Day on Saturday.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2013, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,237 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

NPLD volunteers collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails, planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants; removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places, and contributed an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country

Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of caring for public lands.

In Hawaii, there will be four public land areas that volunteers can help improve on Saturday:

Fort DeRussy, Waikiki
8-11 a.m.
Volunteers will assist with park beautification as part of a beach and berm clean-up.
Contact Don Espaniola at don.p.espaniola@usace.army.mil or by phone (808) 438-2815

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
8-11 a.m.
Ahua Reef Wetland Restoration:

  • Natural Resources Specialist to provide an educational brief of the wetland and restoration project to volunteers;
  • Remove invasive plant species, i.e., pull pickleweed, hire contractor to remove kiawe tree(s);
  • Outplant native plant species, type TBD.

Halealoha Haleamau Burial Platform Maintenance:

  • Cultural Resources Specialist to provide an educational brief of the Fort Kamehameha area where the burial platform is located and the history of the burial platform;
  • Enhance burial platform with `ili`ili, smooth river rock;
  • Trim naupaka hedge, removing invasive plants

Contact Patty Colemon at patricia.colemon@navy.mil or by phone (808) 473-0369

Makua Military Reservation
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
This project will focus on restoring the shady gulch habitat in Kahanahaiki, within the reservation. Volunteers will help remove invasive weeds and will outplant native plants within cleared areas. Outplantings will include Mamaki, the sole host plant for the caterpillar of the native Kamehameha Butterfly, whose population has been declining in number.
Contact Kimberly Welch at kmwelch@hawaii.edu or by phone (808) 656-7741.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Volunteers will be removing invasive species, focusing on the non-native Himalayan ginger, which chokes out native forests.
A trash pick-up will also be held on the roadside on Highway 11 that runs through the park.
Plus there will be a four-mile guided hike to learn about the unique ecosystem at the summit of Kilauea.
Come prepared with good closed-toe footwear, water, rain jackets, sunscreen and hats. Long pants are recommended.
Please visit the park’s webpage for meeting time and place at http://www.nps.gov/havo.
Contact Kupono McDaniel at kupono_mcdaniel@nps.gov.

For more information, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/.

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