Boy Scout Troop 14 worked together to plant 50 native seedlings at the Fleming Arboretum at Pu'u Mahoe on a camping weekend for volunteers Aug. 2-4.
The Scouts adopted a 1,200-square-foot area within the 17-acre Pu'u Mahoe cinder cone for their native forest, joining the Fleming Arboretum's Community "Adopt a Forest" program.
Troop 14 planted species that host native land snails, creating a future dryland forest snail preserve.
Fletcher Prouty (center in orange), organized the camping weekend Aug. 2-4 for Boy Scout Troop 14. Prouty planned the weekend itinerary as “an opportunity to work, learn and have fun” before the start of the school year. The Scouts adopted and began planting a 1,200-square-foot area within the 17-acre Pu‘u Mahoe cinder cone. Pictured are Ian Camit (from left), Matt Mori, Prouty, Scoutmaster Nik Lisowski and Marty Prouty, a weekend counselor.
Youth and community groups participating in the program plant their forest, then return seasonally to weed, work on trails, add new plants and apply mulch, replacing non-native plants with a complete cover of upper-, middle- and lower-story native forest.
The "Adopt a Forest" program supports the arboretum's goal of increased appreciation, value and care of Hawaii's cultural and natural resources. The program actively involves youth, school and community groups in conservation, promoting volunteerism and "care of the 'aina."