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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 tradition! 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 ahead of time.

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Friends of Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 322 ~ Makawao, HI 96768
(808) 876-1673