Volunteers sought for Sept. 26 Hawaiian Garden improvements

| September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
Volunteers are invited to join members of the OANRP in celebrating NPLD 2015  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 26. Several Native Hawaiian Interpretive Garden improvement projects are planned. For more information and registration, call 656-7741. (Photo by Oahu Army Natural Resources Program)

Volunteers are invited to join members of the OANRP in celebrating NPLD 2015 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 26. Several Native Hawaiian Interpretive Garden improvement projects are planned. For more information and registration, call 656-7741. (Photo by Oahu Army Natural Resources Program)

Initiative is part of the National Public Lands Day celebration

Celeste Hanley
Oahu Army Natural Resources Program
Directorate of Public Works
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Volunteers are invited to join members of the Oahu Army Natural Resources Program in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) 2015, Sept. 26, which is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
Last year, approximately 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,132 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Assistance is sought to continue that legacy at the Native Hawaiian Interpretive Garden, here, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., where several projects will be addressed.

Weed Control
Invasive weeds are threatening the native plants within the native interpretive garden. Volunteers will use small hand tools (weeding maddocks, hand saws, pruners and loppers) to dig out invasive weeds, including grasses.

A caution-labeled herbicide, Garlon4, may also be applied to cut stems of weeds with drip applicator bottles.

Volunteers will also take time to cut back and prune native plants that are becoming overgrown and disrupting the balance within the garden.

Shelter Assembly
Crews will improve the garden’s accessibility to the public through the assembly of a shelter, which will offer relief from the elements to garden visitors.

All will help put together materials using small tools, such as screwdrivers, hammers and nails, and use wheelbarrows to move gravel to the ground below the shelter.

Planting
Some of the garden beds are lacking native plant diversity, so time has been scheduled to plant native species within the garden using hand trowels.

Sign Replacement
Crew members will take the time to dismantle the weatherworn and cracked signage in the garden.

The signage provides cultural and natural resource insights on the various ecosystems represented in the garden.

Compost Pile Enhancement
Finally, crews will enhance the composting action within the garden’s compost pile by breaking down larger trees and branches within the pile using hand saws and loppers.
Workers will also amend the compost pile with new green waste materials from the weeding efforts in the garden to increase the decomposition rate.

Tentative Schedule
8 a.m., Meet at the Schofield Barracks base yard
8:15 a.m., Orientation; safety briefing.
8:30 a.m., Commence weeding, compost and shelter projects; dismantle weathered signs.
12 noon, Break for potluck lunch.
12:30 p.m., Rare plant nursery tour.
1 p.m., Continue projects, begin planting, move gravel and install signs.
3:30 p.m., Clean up (wash tools, put away gear).
4 p.m. – Pau.

More Online
Learn more about the history of NPLD and other work happening throughout the nation at www.publiclandsday.org.

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