The work of volunteers is an essential part of our conservation and restoration efforts. We use field data collected by volunteers to inform all aspects of our work, from forest policy to road restoration initiatives. We also lead restoration trips with volunteers to improve habitat for wildlife and support ecosystem resilience. We are deeply appreciative of the time and effort invested by volunteers, and we hope our citizen science trips are a mutually beneficial endeavor. Our citizen science program is called GPS: the Gifford Pinchot Stewards program. Below is a full list of trips we will be leading this year. Click HERE to sign up or to send us an email for more information.
In addition to leading trips with community volunteers, we also work with local schools to extend these citizen science opportunities to middle school and high school students. Our aim is to give young people an opportunity to head out to the forest to collect on-the-ground data that is used for real forest management and to learn about conservation and ecology in a hands-on manner. Visit our Young Friends of the Forest page to learn more about our work with schools.
Read on to learn about our trip offerings for 2017!
- June 10-11 (Sat-Sun): Wildlife Camera Survey Trip – We’ll be meeting at our project sites on the east side of Mount St. Helens to begin our 2017-2018 survey of marten in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
- July 8 (Sat): Survey of Streams and Forest Roads – Tour remote forest roads and streams near Wind River and Trapper Creek Wilderness to collect important field data on stream culverts, forest road conditions, erosion, and fish passage.
- July 15-16 (Sat-Sun): Timber Sale Survey – Help us collect on-the-ground information for upcoming sales that will increase our understanding of the ecological effects. This trip will take place in the timber sale units south of Packwood, WA, near Spirit Lake and Iron Creek.
- August 11-13 (Fri-Sun): Huckleberry Survey – Through our involvement with the Pinchot Partners forest collaborative, we’ll be leading a survey of huckleberry restoration sites to determine the effects of forest thinning on huckleberry restoration.
- August 18 (Fri): Survey of Streams and Forest Roads – Tour remote forest roads and streams in the Wind River watershed to collect important field data on stream culverts, forest road conditions, erosion, and fish passage.
- August 26 (Sat): Trip to Goat Mountain and the Proposed Mount St. Helens Mine – Join partners as we hike the Goat Mountain trail and tour the proposed mine site to see what’s at stake in the Mount St. Helens mining proposal. Read more about this mine proposal at cascadeforest.org/NoMine
- September 21 (Thurs): Beaver Habitat Survey – We are embarking on a three-year beaver reintroduction project to improve relocate nuisance beavers from private lands to release sites in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in an effort to improve fish habitat, build resilience in aquatic ecosystems, and re-establish beavers where they once lived. This trip is part of an initial effort to validate spatial models and to identify current distributions and limiting factors.
- October 7-8 (Sat-Sun): Riparian Planting Trip #1: – We’ll be planting native trees along degraded and at-risk waterways in the south part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Join us in helping to improve habitat for fish and build climate resilience for threatened ecosystems.
- October 21-22 (Sat-Sun): Riparian Planting Trip #2 – We’ll be planting native trees along degraded and at-risk waterways in the south
part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Join us in helping to improve habitat for fish and build climate resilience for threatened ecosystems.
*Trip specifics (such as when and where to meet, carpool options, clothing, camping details, etc) are sent out to registered participants two weeks before each trip. Day trips are usually 8am to 6pm, including travel time. Carpooling is coordinated prior to the trip.
**Feel free to join for one or all of the days for multiple-day trips.