DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
National Public Lands Day
HONOLULU -- In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Saturday September 30, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) along with others, including Hawaii Army National Guard, Lyon Arboretum, Pacific Regional Visitors Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are sponsoring volunteer projects as part of the largest annual single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands.
"We invite volunteers of all ages to participate in local events to help care for the natural areas that provide habitat for native wildlife, recreational outdoor opportunities, and to learn about our special environment," said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
Hawaii events planned on September 30 as part of National Public Lands Day include:
Bellows Air Force Station - trail clearing; clearing invasive species, trash and debris; and placement of interpretive signs for World War II revetments. For information call Monica Baco, Hawaii Army National Guard, 733-4360.
Lyon Arboretum (Manoa) – Removal of invasive plants from upper arboretum areas, including native Hawaiian plant section; repair and restoration of trails damaged by flooding; planting area in children’s garden; and cleaning and restoring botanical signage throughout gardens. For information contact Jill Laughlin, 988-0461.
Pacific Regional Visitors Center (Fort DeRussy, Waikiki) – Distribute techniques for improving gardening skills, a hands-on course for applications to grow vegetables in pots. For information call Garland Ireland, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 438-2815.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge – Waiawa Unit -- Removal of mangrove seedlings in the 24-acre refuge to re-establish habitat areas for endangered Hawaiian waterbirds. Dress to get muddy and dirty and bring a change of clothes, brimmed hat and sunscreen. Covered shoes are required. For information call Pauline Kawamata, Hawaii Nature Center, at 955-0100.
Sixth Annual Volunteer Photo Contest
The contest will allow you to celebrate the natural beauty of our country's public lands and show us why you have lent a hand for our public lands. All photographs must be taken at a work site on National Public Lands Day 2006.
The winning photos will be published in the future NPLD newsletters, posted on www.publiclandsday.org, used in press releases and potentially featured in other national publications.
All entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2006, and sent to: The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation Attn: NPLD Photo Contest 1707 H Street, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20006
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