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This page highlights volunteer opportunities available with the Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC). See pictures from our service trips (sidebar) to sample the fun we have! For further information, contact the OISC coordinator via e-mail (oisc@hawaii.edu).

Aloha OISC Volunteers,
OISC offers volunteer opportunities on the second Saturday of every month. Volunteers help remove high-threat invasive plants before they become widespread on O'ahu and cause damage. If you are interested in participating in a volunteer trip or arranging one for your school, club, or community group, e-mail oisc@hawaii.edu or call 266-7994. You can also check-out Preserve Hawaii on facebook for volunteer opportunities with conservation groups statewide, and join the OISC-L e-mail list to receive other announcements about volunteer trips with our partner agencies.


OISC November 2012 Service Trip

Here are the details for the next OISC work trip. Please contact OISC at oisc@hawaii.edu or 286-4616 for information.

When: Saturday, November 10th 2012 , 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

What: Please join the Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) in partnership with Lyon Arboretum on a monthly work trip to remove harmful invasive plants from the island. OISCís volunteer program is helping Lyon Arboretum remove selected high-risk invasive plants from their collections before they have a chance to "jump the fenceline" and spread into the healthy native forests in the mountains. On this work trip we will focus on the removal of a handful of invasive plant species: Ardisia virens, Ardisia sieboldii and Stromanthe tonckat. Lyon Arboretum is the only location on Oahu where these species are found, which means with your help we can work toward completely eliminating them from the island!

Please note: Volunteers will be hand-pulling plants and hiking off-trail in moderately steep to steep terrain with exposure to sun, rain, mosquitoes and dirt. Volunteers should be physically fit for strenuous activity and prepared for changing weather conditions.

What to bring: Take along more water than you think you will need - at least 2 quarts. Wear sunscreen, mosquito repellant, long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy hiking shoes. No slippers allowed. Pack a hearty lunch because we will be working hard!

Where to meet: Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Road. Meet in the Lyon Arboretum parking lot at 8:00 am. RSVP required! In order to join the work trip, please RSVP by emailing oisc@hawaii.edu or calling 286-4616.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver and provide emergency contact information.

Driving directions: Drive into Manoa valley (mauka) on University Ave. University Ave. turns into Oahu Ave. Continue mauka on Oahu Ave. At the five-way intersection, turn onto Manoa Road and follow it to the end (just past Paradise Park) to the entrance of Lyon Arboretum. Drive up the entrance road and park in the parking lot at the end of the driveway.

Public Transit: Take the #5 bus into Manoa valley and get off at the last bus stop. From there, walk approximately one-half mile to the arboretum. Call TheBus at 848-5555 for more information.

Thank you as always for helping us protect Oahu from invasive species!


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The Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) is currently funded by grants from the Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service with support from PCSU (UH Manoa). Historically, HEAR has also received funding and/or support from the Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN) of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), PIERC (USGS), the USFWS, HCSU (UH Hilo), and HALE (NPS).

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