The slopes of Haleakala are the backbone of our beautiful island. This majestic mountain is my anchor. I stop many times a day to gaze up the slopes to the crater. Sometimes shrouded in mist, often in full glory "The House of the Sun" rises up to the brilliant blue sky.
Under the guidance of Art Mederios over 2,700 volunteers and the dedicated staff of LHWRP are making a difference. The first Auwahi exclosure is now a functional native ecosystem.
Volunteers go into the field, up the slopes of Haleakala at the 3,000-5,000 ft level. The daylong trips are with knowledgeable leaders planting native trees and shrubs, removing non-native species, and collecting seeds.
Steffan Roth, a vacationing volunteer for the Partnership, wrote the paper Restoration event at Auwahi of 13th June 2009 about his experiences as a volunteer. It's a very scientific view of exactly what he did to help.
Lend a hand: Help to restore leeward and dryland forest on the slopes of Haleakala. Fit folks with over-the-ankle boots meet every other Sat. Reservations are a must.
Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership
Contact: Andrea Buckman
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