Wildfire Preparedness Puali’i Trip – Thursday, May 11

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May is Wildfire Preparedness Month.  Why get involved?

  • Wildfires are a frequent and significant hazard across Hawaii
  • Wildfires impact drinking water, coral reefs, fisheries, recreations, traffic, native forests, and human lives, homes, safety, and health! These are under publicized and need attention. Spread the word!
  • Nearly all wildfires are started by people.

To raise attention to this issue, OANRP will be hosting a volunteer trip at Puali’i in an area where invasive guinea grass (Urochloa maxima), a major fuel for wildfire on O’ahu, has been controlled.  We will do follow up weeding along with seed sowing with native mamaki in order to restore the area to a native dry forest that does not provide fuel for fires.

TRIP DATE: Thursday, May 11 (full day event, meeting time and location will be confirmed once we receive your RSVP)

RSVP: Email outreach@oanrp.com by Sunday, May 7 with your volunteer application

TARGET WEEDS: Strawberry guava (Psidium cattleianum), Koster’s curse (Clidemia hirta), corky-stem passion vine (Passiflora suberosa), christmas berry (Schinus terebinthifolius) and more!

PROJECT: We will use small hand tools (hand saws and pruners) and will apply a caution-labeled herbicide (Garlon4) to the cut stems of weeds with drip applicator bottles.

HIKING TIME: 2 hours (round trip)

DIFFICULTY: Moderate; some elevation gain.

WHAT TO BRING: Long pants, long sleeve shirt and shoes with good traction (or rubber work boots). Please review the suggested packing list.

All weeding tools and gloves will be provided.

TYPICAL SCHEDULE:

  • Drive to trailhead (~1 hour)
  • 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  hour)
  • Fruit collection and seed sowing (~1/2 hour)
  • Explore nearby forest (~1/2 hour)
  • Hike back to vehicles (~1 hour)
  • Wash weeding gear (~15 minutes)
  • Load up trucks (~15 minutes)
  • Return drive to OANRP baseyard (~1 hour)
  • Clean up gear; pau (~15 minutes)
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