Restoration of Maunakea expanding to support a greenhouse for native species

The greenhouse will support restoration work such as planting native species in the Halepōhaku area.

Group pulling weeds.

The Office of Maunakea Management plans to install an approximately 375-square-foot greenhouse for propagation of native plants to be used in its restoration activities.

This greenhouse was described in the recently published Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact Determination for Infrastructure Improvements at the Maunakea Visitor Information Station (PDF).

The greenhouse will expand restoration work to support the propagation and planting of native species. The Office of Maunakea Management is currently propagating plants for future restoration efforts in the Halepōhaku area.

Mālama Maunakea volunteer weed-pull days

The greenhouse will allow the expansion of “Mālama Maunakea” volunteer days, such as one held on Nov. 4. Currently, groups of volunteers regularly gather on the mountain to remove invasive species such as fireweed to keep them from being transported to the upper elevations of Maunakea or harboring other pernicious invasive species such as ants. On Nov. 4, volunteers from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo pre-pharmacy, biology and sociology classes, along with Alton Okinaka, associate professor of sociology, and Jenni Guillen, biology instructor, collected 25 garbage bags of fireweed.

Volunteer weed-pull days are held on select Saturdays as part of Mālama Maunakea campaign to protect the mountain’s resources. The work helps prepare areas for future restoration projects. There have been 49 separate weed-pull days since the campaign began in 2012, with 1,176 community volunteers giving 8,534 volunteer hours producing 1,847 garbage bags of weeds.

Read more at OMKM News website.


-via UH System News.