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Volunteers sought to pull alien plants at Volcanoes National Park

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 5:02 a.m. HST, May 9, 2011

The Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are recruiting volunteers to help remove invasive plants next weekend from forests inside the Big Island park. 

The group needs people on Saturday to help remove alien, invasive faya plants from the Keanakakoi Special Ecological Area. 

Most of the faya are seedlings that can be easily pulled, but some are maturing trees that will have to be cut down with saws. The plants have grown since the area was cleared a few years ago.

The area has an ohia forest with native understory plants. 

The group says volunteers should be at least 12. Those interested in helping should register by calling the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at 985-7373 or by sending an email to

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