Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion at PTA draws more than 300

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - LOCAL - By LAURA RUMINSKI

More than 300 Big Is­land school­child­ren trekked up Mauna Kea to ex­pe­ri­ence Po­haku­loa Train­ing Area’s an­nual Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion on Thurs­day. The event was free and open to the pub­lic.

Gar­ri­son com­man­der Lt. Col. Christo­pher Mar­quez said the cel­e­bra­tion helps the tax­pay­ers see how the $7 mil­lion per year is spent for the Army to co­ex­ist with the nat­u­ral and cul­tural re­sources within PTA.

The 201-square-mile area is home to 27 en­dan­gered species.

About 23,000 square acres of fenced units are now un­gu­late free thanks to a part­ner­ship with lo­cal hunters.

In­ter­ac­tive dis­plays cov­ered many top­ics in­clud­ing the Keck Tele­scope, man­ag­ing cul­tural re­sources, lu­nar rover, man­ag­ing na­tive plants and an­i­mals and hy­dro­gen fu­els, along with a vir­tual tour of a lava tube.

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today

St. Joseph stu­dents watch a Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Space Cen­ter for Ex­plo­ration Sys­tems space rover in ac­tion dur­ing PTA’s Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion on Thurs­day.

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