Members of the Society of Young Leaders volunteered at the Pouhala Marsh for Hawaii Nature Center. Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered. We arrived at Pouhala Marsh, in Waipahu, at around 8:15 AM. There we met Pauline from the Hawaii Nature Center and another group from Mililani. Pauline and her regulars gave us an introduction into the Pouhala Marsh. We learned that the Pouhala marsh was once a thriving wetland. It had been overrun with pollution, illegal dumping and invasive species.
Most of the illegal dumping and pollution has been overcome over the years that various groups have worked on restoring the marsh. However, on this day, we were tasked with removing the invasive cattail seeds. These cattail seeds can be seen on the picture below, they are the brown, fuzzy, tail-like seeds at the top of the cattail plant. We went through sections of the marsh, cutting the cattail seeds and removing them from the marsh, before they could have the chance to spread their seeds.
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