West Makaleha Planting Day

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The rainy season has arrived! Join us in planting native forest species in beautiful West Makaleha!

Staff have been growing native species in the Army Natural Resources Program’s rare plant nurseries all year. With your planting efforts, we can extend native canopy and ground cover and help protect the numerous rare and endangered plants and animals that depend on the West Makaleha wet forest habitat.

PROJECT: We will spend the day digging holes, planting plants and watering within the fenced management unit at West Makaleha.  We will use trowels and gloves to plant various common native species and backpack sprayers to water the newly outplanted plants. Staff will also help to dig planting holes with a gas-powered auger.

HIKING TIME: 2 to 2.5 hours (round trip)

DIFFICULTY: High; serious elevation gain. Not for the acrophobic! Includes 15 minutes of uphill hiking along a very narrow ridge with steep dropoffs.

WHAT TO BRING: Long pants, long sleeve shirt and shoes with good traction. Please review the suggested packing list.

Project tools and gloves will be provided.

TYPICAL SCHEDULE:

  • Drive to trailhead (~50 minutes)
  • Unload vehicles; safety briefing (~15 minutes)
  • Hike to project site (~1 hour)
  • Weed control (~1.5 hours)
  • Lunch (1/2 hour)
  • More weed control (~1.5 hours)
  • Hike to “3 Points” (~15 minutes uphill, optional)
  • Hike back to vehicles (~1 hour)
  • Wash weeding gear (~15 minutes)
  • Load up trucks (~15 minutes)
  • Return drive to OANRP baseyard (~50 minutes)
  • Clean up gear; pau (~15 minutes)