Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

Congratulations everyone

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Recently, the Auwahi Program Manager Dr. Art Medeiros was awarded the prestigious 2018 Ed Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawai`i chapter of the Sierra Club for his 38 years as a conservation and restoration biologist on Maui. Auwahi has played such a large role in especially the latter part of Art’s career that in many ways this award is about Auwahi itself, the forest, the trees, the staff at Auwahi (who are amongst the most heartfelt and dedicated of people), the landowner `Ulupalakua Ranch, and the volunteering community of Maui. Without the surge of volunteers that started some 23 years ago, Auwahi would likely have continued to decline and fade away. Because of you, the folk who receive this email, the trend has been reversed and centuries of ecosystem disrepair turned.

Congratulations to all of us.
 
The action continues, with our next volunteer trip to Auwahi forest on Saturday April 13th.
                                                 
Due to limited seating, please understand that confirmation of your reservation is required for you to attend. To request a seat, send us a note to volunteer@auwahi.org.
 
Where: Meet at `Ulupalakua Ranch Store. Please park behind store and bring all your gear.
 
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019  8:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM
 
What to bring: Due to the rough and steep terrain, we require hiking boots that cover the ankle, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Long pants are also recommended to protect against the dense brush. Please bring a back pack with layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Coolers are not advised because of the rugged terrain we need to traverse to do our work. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.
 
Located on and sponsored by `Ulupalakua Ranch, the Auwahi Project (www.auwahi.org) protects one of the last diverse tracts of dryland forest in the archipelago. We are a community based project, in large part, dependent on the contributions of the public, especially in terms of volunteerism for tree planting and other aspects of forest management. 

As usual, before leaving the ranch we will be decontaminating our boots with brushes to help prevent the spread of invasive plants and using alcohol to avoid the potential spread of rapid `ōhi`a death (ROD) and other possible pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests. 

Mahalo no,
Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana

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