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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana