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Volunteer trip March 17, 2018


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 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 ( 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

Earlier Event: February 17
Volunteer trip February 17, 2018