Apr
7
8:00 AM08:00

Volunteer trip April 7, 2018

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The water resources, upon which our human species is entirely dependent, are under siege. By 2025, The World Health Organization predicts that half of the world’s population will be living in areas considered ʻwater-stressed’. Oncoming climate change will further reduce harvested rainwater amounts. 
 
The native forests of Hawai`i are not only the last refuge for native plants and animals, but the source of our water - an especially critical resource on isolated, highly populated islands.
 
Before humans arrived on Maui 1,000-1,400 years ago, dense native forests covered much of the island and in many areas literally fell into the sea. The loss of native forests has been most catastrophic on leeward slopes, where the combined influences of fire, introduced grazing and browsing animals, and invasive weeds, have reduced formerly expansive forest landscapes to 2.5% of their former extent.
 
What is clear is that we are at a critical time in Maui and Hawai’i's history. Watershed partnerships statewide struggle with largely inadequate resources to hold the line on the loss of our native upland forests. With a relatively limited toolbox of conservation techniques, land managers are dealing with increasingly complicated problems that require new and creative solutions.
 
A call to action to protect our watershed forests is needed. Whether it is this, or a future generation, the prosperity of Hawai`i depends on our native forests.

Saturday, April 7th, we will continue our efforts to restore Maui’s dryland forests.
 
On our volunteer trips to Auwahi forest, we work as a team to plant native seedlings, pull weeds, and gather seeds. This particular trip though is going to be a little bit more physically challenging with more up and downs, uneven terrain, more bush crashing.

To volunteer with our program requires that you are in reasonably good physical condition with no major medical issues (heart conditions, asthma, bee allergies, diabetes, pregnancy, physical injuries, etc..). If this is your first time volunteering, for your safety and the safety of others, please let us know that you meet these requirements. 
 
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 and we will respond to your request by Monday, April 2, 2018. 

Where: Meet at ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store. Please park behind store and bring all your gear.

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018  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 understory brush. Please bring a back pack with layered clothing rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. 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 potential pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests. 

Mahalo no,

Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana

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Mar
17
8:00 AM08:00

Volunteer trip March 17, 2018

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The Auwahi project seeks to restore and ecologically stabilize highly diverse but degraded forests stands on ‘Ulupalakua Ranch on Haleakala’s southwest slopes. We are proud to announce that recently two of Auwahi’s staff, Project coordinator Erica vonAllmen and Project manager Art Medeiros, were among 164 experts globally that have received recognition for their expertise in ecological restoration and been designated as Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners (CERP) by the Society of Ecological Restoration. 
 
The Society of Ecological Restoration is premised on the vision that ecological restoration has become a fundamental component of conservation and sustainable development programs globally providing communities with the opportunity to not only repair ecological damage, but also improve the human condition. The CERP program was developed by the Society of Ecological Restoration and associated international leaders in the field of restoration to rigorously standardize and validate restoration practitioners on an international scale.
 
Saturday, March 17th, we will continue our efforts to restore Maui’s dryland forests.
 
On our volunteer trips to Auwahi forest, we work as a team to plant native seedlings, pull weeds, and gather seeds. This particular trip though is going to be a little bit more physically challenging with more up and downs, uneven terrain, more bush crashing.

To volunteer with our program requires that you are in reasonably good physical condition with no major medical issues (heart conditions, asthma, bee allergies, diabetes, pregnancy, physical injuries, etc..). If this is your first time volunteering, for your safety and the safety of others, please let us know that you meet these requirements. 
 
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 and we will respond to your request by Monday, March 12, 2018. 

Where: Meet at ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store. Please park behind store and bring all your gear.

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018  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 understory brush. Please bring a back pack with layered clothing rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. 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 potential pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests. 

Mahalo no,

Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana

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Feb
17
8:00 AM08:00

Volunteer trip February 17, 2018

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Some moments are almost too perfect.
The wind stops for a second, the atmosphere seems to change shape.
The most authentic type of unity between humans and nature can occur.

The reintroduction of keiki of a species on the razor edge of extinction (Alectryon macrococcusvar. auwahiensis) by a first time volunteer is one of those. The perfection and the sincere intention to do powerful good are amazing to witness.
 
On our volunteer trips to Auwahi forest, we work as a team to plant native seedlings, pull weeds, and gather seeds. This particular trip though is going to be a combination of planting and controlling invasive weeds meaning it will be a little bit more physically challenging with more up and downs, uneven terrain, more bush crashing.

To volunteer with our program requires that you are in reasonably good physical condition with no major medical issues (heart conditions, asthma, bee allergies, diabetes, pregnancy, physical injuries, etc..). If this is your first time volunteering, for your safety and the safety of others, please let us know that you meet these requirements. 
 
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 and we will respond to your request by Monday, February 12, 2018. 

Where: Meet at ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store. Please park behind store and bring all your gear.

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018  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 understory brush. Please bring a back pack with layered clothing rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. 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 potential pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests. 

Mahalo no,

Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana

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Jan
20
8:00 AM08:00

Volunteer trip Saturday 1/20/2018

 The ancient  māmane  forests of Honua`ula...   This is the time of year when the  māmane  (Sophora chrysophylla) trees of Auwahi start to flower and light the country up, their canopies packed with cadmium yellow flowers.   Scraps of native forest patches scattered across the upland regions of the Honua’ula  moku (district) of southwest Haleakalā indicate that at one time a majestic band of  māmane forest extended across this slope. The  māmane  that grew in this forest was much larger than the dwarfed form that most people are familiar with that still occurs in the upper elevations of Haleakalā National Park. These were immense trees with trunk diameters as large as dining room tables. All these trees are now much reduced in size and vigor but at one time probably grew upwards of 30 feet, interlocking their canopies, covering the area that we now know only as empty pasture lands.    Māmane  flowers contain a sweet, light nectar nearly essential as an energy source, irresistible to native birds. In the past, this annual flowering probably provided an important energy burst for forest birds who must have come from far and wide for the important event.   Saturday January 20,  2018, we are heading back up to Auwahi.  On our volunteer trips to Auwahi forest, we work as a team to plant native seedlings, pull weeds, and gather seeds.  To volunteer with our program requires that you are in reasonably good physical condition with no major medical issues (heart conditions, asthma, bee allergies, diabetes, pregnancy, physical injuries, etc..). If this is your first time volunteering, for your safety and the safety of others, please let us know that you meet these requirements.    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   and we will respond to your request by Monday, January 15, 2018.   Where: Meet at ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store. Please park behind store, bring all your gear, and we will head up by 4WD up to the restored forest at Auwahi  When: Saturday, January 20, 2018  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM  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.   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. Plan to pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.  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 potential pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests.   Mahalo no,  Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana

The ancient māmane forests of Honua`ula...


This is the time of year when the māmane (Sophora chrysophylla) trees of Auwahi start to flower and light the country up, their canopies packed with cadmium yellow flowers.
 
Scraps of native forest patches scattered across the upland regions of the Honua’ula moku(district) of southwest Haleakalā indicate that at one time a majestic band of māmaneforest extended across this slope. The māmane that grew in this forest was much larger than the dwarfed form that most people are familiar with that still occurs in the upper elevations of Haleakalā National Park. These were immense trees with trunk diameters as large as dining room tables. All these trees are now much reduced in size and vigor but at one time probably grew upwards of 30 feet, interlocking their canopies, covering the area that we now know only as empty pasture lands.
 
Māmane flowers contain a sweet, light nectar nearly essential as an energy source, irresistible to native birds. In the past, this annual flowering probably provided an important energy burst for forest birds who must have come from far and wide for the important event.
 
Saturday January 20,  2018, we are heading back up to Auwahi.

On our volunteer trips to Auwahi forest, we work as a team to plant native seedlings, pull weeds, and gather seeds.

To volunteer with our program requires that you are in reasonably good physical condition with no major medical issues (heart conditions, asthma, bee allergies, diabetes, pregnancy, physical injuries, etc..). If this is your first time volunteering, for your safety and the safety of others, please let us know that you meet these requirements. 
 
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 and we will respond to your request by Monday, January 15, 2018. 

Where: Meet at ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store. Please park behind store, bring all your gear, and we will head up by 4WD up to the restored forest at Auwahi

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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. 

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. Plan to pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.

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 potential pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests. 

Mahalo no,

Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana

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