Magazine article Sunset

Battling Aliens in Paradise

Magazine article Sunset

Battling Aliens in Paradise

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IT MIGHT NOT SOUND LIKE everyone's dream vacation, but working as a volunteer on habitat restoration in Hawaii can be both satisfying and educational. As a volunteer, your assignment may range from repairing fences or digging up pest plants to rebuilding trails. Often you get to see wild areas far off the beaten tourist track. Trip leaders ask that participants be in good physical condition, and advise against bringing children under the age of 12. Call to reserve a spot with any of these nonprofit groups.

Hawaii: Sousson Foundation sponsors a work trip to build an enclosure to protect endangered silversword plants in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The nine-day trip includes four days of recreation and costs $1,095 including airfare from San Francisco, lodging, ground transportation, and most meals. The first trip is scheduled for April 23 through May 1, with more trips planned into October; for details, call (805) 434-0299.

Maui: The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii leads one-day work trips into Waikamoi Preserve to eradicate ginger from a native fern forest. …

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