Maui Job Corps Facilities Maintenance interns celebrate Earth Day at Haleakalā
Maui Job Corps Facilities Maintenance interns celebrated Earth Day at Haleakalā National Park on April 22nd, by working with the Volunteer In Park’s program doing a one day service trip.
They were exposed to conservation career work by doing invasive plant identification in the park’s mule pasture. They pulled hundreds of invasive fire weeds (Senecio madagascariensis). By removing this weed from the pasture, they helped to limit the chance this weed will get carried in on the mules hoofs, while packing supplies into the parks back country wilderness .
Other work included cutting invasive Mexican weeping pine (Pinus patula) on Pu’u Nianiau along the parks boundary, and also litter removal from Haleakalā Summit look out at 10,023′ elevation.
Students in the program come from places like Palau, Samoa, Kosrae, Guam, Moloka’i, and Maui. Gaining a diverse amount of job skills to jump start a future career is the goal of the program.
To volunteer for Haleakalā National Park, call 808-572-4487, or email, Adrian_Boone@nps.gov.