Auwahi volunteer trip- June 17, 2017 (If interested in coming please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
"A society is no better than its woods"- W. H. Audens
In ancient Rajasthan, India, it is said 363 villagers lost their lives protecting a grove of sacred khejri trees from being cut down for materials for the maharajah's palace. Today, with our busy lives, our relationship with the native trees of our lands is much more ambiguous.
And yet, daily, native trees of our lands offer invaluable natural resources and provide essential life-giving services. Native trees bind the soils, regulate nutrient cycling, capture and process our waters, give us shade and beauty, as well as provide ethnobotanical materials and cultural identity.
We are heading back up in two weeks to complete the planting of the last 300 of this season’s batch of beautiful maua (Xylosma hawaiiense) seedlings at Auwahi. A lot of these will go where we were last trip, the upper eastern section of A2 forest area. This area is probably a little thicker, scratchier, rockier and rougher to traverse than some of the areas we plant in so please bear that in mind if you want to go on this trip. Otherwise, we look forward to hearing from you and promise to get back to you by this coming Friday, June 9th, if we can reserve you a seat in a 4WD vehicle.
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 potentially other pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests.
Where: ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store
When: Saturday, June 17, 2017 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Due to the rough and steep terrain, WE REQUIRE HIKING BOOTS TO BE WORN 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.
We have a limited number of 4wheel drive vehicles and, as a result, limited room for volunteers. Please don't let this discourage you from signing up but we do ask for your understanding for not being able to accommodate everyone who wants to volunteer.
Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana