The Hawai`i Service Trip Program (HSTP) of the Sierra Club, Hawai`i Chapter, provides opportunities to actively participate in preserving our Hawaiian ecosystems. HSTP works in cooperation with State, Federal and private environmental agencies to plan and conduct service (work) trips to maintain and preserve our ecological heritage. Trips are typically one week in length and often are conducted in back country areas, allowing participants access to come of the most beautiful places in Hawai`i.
HSTP is conducting a service trip to the big island in early July 2011. The service work will be conducted in two areas:
Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve Unit
For 3 days, we'll be weeding in the Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve unit in the Puna District. Our target species will be kahili ginger and Morella faya. If there is a vog/weather issue, we may be working in the Puu Makaala NAR unit or another site. Also, depending on weed control progress, the group may work on a trail clearing project.
Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge
The following 1-2 days will be spent at the Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge, outplanting common native understory species such as ohia, pilo, kolea and kawau.
Volunteers have an opportunity to see special and unique areas of the State, such as this recent trip to Pu`u Wa`awa`a.
What is the Hawai`i Service Trip Program?
|The Hawai'i Service Trip Program (HSTP) is an action-oriented arm of the Sierra Club. HSTP exemplifies our philosophy that the active protection of our natural environment is a primary and essential task. This philosophy has special significance in Hawai'i due to the fragility of our native ecosystems and our great number of endangered species.|
Why is Hawaii's environment so special?
|Separated from all the major land masses and their influences for millions of years, Hawaiian ecosystems included an incredible variety of unique and valuable species, most of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Both beautiful and unique, Hawai'i's ecosystem is also delicate; prone to disruption by alien plants and animals. HSTP works to restore and protect Hawai`iʻs most endangered ecosystems.|
Why preserve the Hawaiian wilderness?
|There are many reasons, some aesthetic and some practical. There is the tremendous beauty of the forest, and the deep Hawaiian cultural importance and rich scientific worth in the wilderness areas of our islands. On a practical level, the native Hawaiian rain-forest plays a vital role in replenishing our water supply. The importance of these watershed lands is becoming ever more evident as population growth continues in Hawai'i.|
What is a Hawaii Service "Trip"?
|Although each trip is unique, they all follow a general format with ten to twenty people working on a project in a wilderness area. Trips are typically one week in length, but we also conduct weekend or day service work on Oahu. We work hard on our trips, but also include time for recreation and exploring the natural wonders of the area. We uphold a wilderness conservation ethic and stress teamwork, hard work, responsibility and good times. Service Trips complete a useful project and leave lasting impressions on their participants.|
What types of Service Projects are there?
|There are several types of HSTP activities, and sometimes a trip will include all of them! Fence-building projects keep feral animals from destroying native plants and protect local environments. Trail work provides safe and easy access to wilderness areas that can absorb our impact, and allows more of the public to realize what a great resource we have in our natural places. Noxious plant control removes invasive weeds from natural areas, and many of our projects also include planting of native species in controlled areas where they might thrive. |
Who pays for a Service Trip?
|Service Trip participants typically pay a fee of $200 ($150 for students) for a week-long neighbor island service trip. Trips cost HSTP between $400 and $500 per person for airfare, ground transportation, food and supplies; the amount not covered by participant fees comes from HSTP through donations and fund raising. Trips have also been sponsored by agencies such as the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources, the National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy.|
What type of person does well on a Service Trip?
|Any person with a love for Hawai'i's wilderness areas, a willingness to work hard at the direction of team leaders, and an ability to live harmoniously with others in tight quarters and sometimes in hardy conditions, is appreciated on our trips. In addition, participants must be in reasonable physical condition to work and live in the wilderness and still enjoy it.|
Does this sound like YOU?
|If this sounds like your kind of fun, you're the type of person that HSTP and Hawai'i needs. Trips are usually planned for the summer, winter and spring vacation. If youʻd like to help but arenʻt interested in going on a service trip, volunteers can help with fundraising, sponsor solicitation, trip planning, recruiting, and leader training.|
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