New partners join arboretum

Volunteers weed a 250-foot windbreak of established native mock orange-alahee trees for new plantings of ohia trees and aalii understory. -- LYNN BRITTON photo

Volunteers weed a 250-foot windbreak of established native mock orange-alahee trees for new plantings of ohia trees and aalii understory. -- LYNN BRITTON photo

A Fleming Arboretum workday on May 20 was organized by Maui Green & Beautiful, formally the Maui Outdoor Circle. A light late morning shower invigorated the participants, a welcome reprieve from down country early summer heat, according to a news release. Volunteers completed weeding a 250-foot windbreak of established native mock orange-alahee trees for new plantings of ohia trees and aalii understory.

MG&B will return in August to maintain and add new plantings to its newly adopted forest, the release said.

Community group partners return seasonally to weed, fertilize add new plants and apply mulch, replacing non-native plants with a complete cover of upper, middle and lower story native forest.

The Arboretum’s Community Work Day and Adopt a Forest programs involve the community in the preservation and restoration of Hawaii’s native forest ecosystems.

To volunteer for the MG&B August Work Day at the Fleming Arboretum, go to www.mauibeautiful for contact information.

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