Christmas Tree Cutting
Time to fill your home with fresh Christmas
greens and the scent of pine, while helping preserve
native species on Haleakala. It's a great family
activity, one that could become your Christmas
Our annual Pu'unianiau alien-pine pull is set for
December 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. The annual
event helps control the spread of these alien pines
by cutting or pulling trees on Pu'unianiau. Just outside
the park entrance, this is actually Haleakala
Ranch property, but these invasive pines spread easily
and could cross the park boundary.
These introduced pines are destructive to native forests
and species, blocking light and water needed to
create the many layers of native plants that make up
a native forest. This kills native species and interferes
with the collection of rainwater that soaks
through the layers and into the aquifer, thus providing
water to plants, animals and people downhill.
You can help control the spread of these invasive
pine trees and take home greens with that Christmasy
pine smell by participating in this annual
event. Arrive anytime between 9 and noon at the
pullout about a quarter mile before the park entry gate. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring rain gear and sun protection,
water, gloves and a handsaw. (If you don't have your own saw, there will be some that you can borrow,
along with gloves.) No power tools are allowed. If you plan to bring a group, such as a scout troop or class,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time.
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