Citizen Science Trips

2019 CITIZEN SCIENCE AND RESTORATION TRIPS 

Trip Descriptions

August 24th – 25th (Sat-Sun) Seed Collection Trip near Mt. Adams
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As part of a long-term effort to build ecosystem health and future resilience of habitats around Mount Adams, we’ll be collecting native seeds of shrubs and grasses for future seeding and planting efforts in areas that were most severely impacted by uncharacteristically intense fires and fire cycles. Volunteers will be trained by a Forest Service specialist on Saturday morning and will be carrying out seed collection that day and the following. The trip requires walking along uneven ground and extended exposure to the sun.  Trip difficulty rating: 2 out of 5

Time: Sat. 10 a.m. –  Sun 3 p.m., ~2.25 hours from PDX/Vancouver

Additional info: 14+ can attend with an adult; Camping near Mt. Adams, $5 trip fee per person

September 7th (Sat) Road Restoration Surveys
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Tour remote forest roads near Bear Creek to collect important data on stream culverts, forest road conditions, erosion, and fish passages. This information is used to help us and the Forest Service prioritize road restoration efforts, such as repairing blocked culverts, fixing erosion issues, minimizing channels of sediment delivery to streams, or closing at-risk roads. For road surveys, we meet in the morning to go over project logistics and then break up into groups of four or five in order to visit a variety of roads in the project area. Road survey trips require walking long distances. Although some roads are rough, most are open roads with a gravel or dirt base. Measuring culverts does require traversing steep roadsides. Trip difficulty rating: 2 out of 5

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., ~1.5 hours from PDX/Vancouver

Additional info: 14+ can attend with an adult

September 21st - 22nd (Sat-Sun) Beaver Habitat Surveys + Mushroom Foraging Hike -FULL!
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It is now the second year of our Cascades Beaver Reintroduction Project. We will be releasing beavers this year as well as continuing to survey other potential release sites. Working from our beaver habitat spatial analysis, we’ll be surveying riparian areas along the Cispus River. This work entails looking for past or present beaver evidence and noting other various environmental features that are desirable to beaver. On Sunday we’ll have mushroom forager, Rachel Zoller, joining us to take us on a hike to find mushrooms! Trip difficulty rating: 5 out of 5. 

Time: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for mushroom foraging

Additional info: Camping near Cispus River, $15 trip fee per person

October 5th – 6th (Sat-Sun) Post-fire Seeding near Mt. Adams
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As part of a long-term effort to build ecosystem health and future resilience of habitats around Mount Adams, we’ll be dispersing the native seeds of shrubs and grasses that we collected last year. We will be seeding areas that were severely impacted by uncharacteristically intense fires and fire cycles just south of Mt. Adams. Volunteers will be joined by a special guest to get an expert perspective of fires in a forested landscape.  Trip difficulty rating: 2 out of 5

Time: Sat. 10 a.m. –  Sun 3 p.m., ~2.25 hours from PDX/Vancouver

Additional info: 14 + can attend with an adult; Camping near Mt. Adams, $5 trip fee per person

October 26th (Sat) Beaver Tracking - FULL!
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With beaver reintroductions taking place this year, we will be revisiting the release sites to monitor the beavers and the changes that are happening on the landscape. We hope to see that the beaver have stayed in the initial release spot and we hope to see an increase in side channels, the number of deep pools, the addition of large woody debris in the stream, and attenuating flows. This trip requires off-trail hiking around 3 miles through uneven terrain, along riparian areas, sometimes across streams. This trip may extend to two days, and we will notify everyone before the trip with details about the duration. Trip difficulty rating: 5 out of 5

Time: Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., if Sunday is added, we’ll end at 3 p.m.

Additional info: Location TBD

November 2nd-3rd (Sat-Sun) Riparian Planting on Yellowjacket Creek & Cispus River
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We are continuing to embark on riparian restoration throughout the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. For this tw0-day trip, we will be heading to Yellowjacket Creek and the Cispus River to plant native trees following an in-stream wood installation project being carried out by The Cowlitz Tribe. After Saturday’s planting work, we’ll head 30 minutes east of our project site to Packwood, WA to stay at a lodging facility and hang out downtown at the local eateries and watering holes. Planting trips entail full days of physical labor and sometimes hiking through uneven terrain with heavy gear or planting bags. Trip difficulty rating: 5 out of 5

 

Time: Sat. 10 a.m. – Sun. 3 p.m., ~2.5 hours from PDX/Vancouver

Additional info: Bunkhouse lodging in Packwood, $20 trip fee per person

2019 PAST TRIPS:

AUGUST 9TH – 11TH: WILDLIFE CAMERA DEPLOYMENT
AUGUST 3RD – 4TH: HUCKLEBERRY  SURVEYS + BOTANY & FORAGING HIKE
AUGUST 3RD: NO PLACE FOR A MINE! HIKE
JULY 20TH – 21ST: BEAVER HABITAT AND BDA SUITABILITY SURVEYS
JULY 13TH: TIMBER SALE SURVEY: UPPER WIND
JULY 6TH – 7TH: OLD-GROWTH HIKE + INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL
JUNE 22ND – 23RD: BEAVER HABITAT SURVEYS NEAR LEWIS RIVER, WA
MAY 18TH – 19TH: INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL NEAR PACKWOOD, WA
APRIL 27TH: PLANTING WITH LOWER COLUMBIA FISH ENHANCEMENT GROUP
APRIL 20TH: EARTH DAY RIPARIAN PLANTING IN THE CISPUS RIVER VALLEY
APRIL 13TH – 14TH: RIPARIAN PLANTING ON TROUT CREEK

Trip Signup and Volunteer Information

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Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering for our citizen science and restoration trips in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest! Here’s what you can expect:

<>  No prior experience necessary! You will learn everything you need to know once we get to our project site.

<>  Our projects range in levels of physical difficulty. Five is the most difficult and one is the least. These ratings are provided in the descriptions.

<>  You will be responsible for personal items including, food, water, appropriate clothes/boots for field work, and camping gear as needed. A detailed gear list will be sent for each trip.

<>  For 2 and 3 day trips, we usually stay at campgrounds. In colder months, we stay at cabins or bunkhouses.

<>  If you can no longer attend a trip, please let us know ASAP, so we can contact someone on the waitlist. Refunds are not available.

<>  A confirmation email will be sent one month before the trip asking for a final RSVP. Following your RSVP, you will receive additional trip details including a gear list, meeting information, and carpool options. You will be notified by email in the rare event a trip is canceled.

Questions? Email our Science and Stewardship Coordinator!
amanda@cascadeforest.org


INDEPENDENT VOLUNTEER ADVENTURES

Do you want to visit the Gifford Pinchot National Forest on a mission? There are a variety of survey needs that can be tackled independently by citizen stewards. You can head out for a survey trip with friends or family or tie it into a weekend camping trip. The projects this year that can benefit from independent volunteers include beaver habitat surveys and pika surveys. You’ll need a little training and information to get started, so get in touch and fill out the trip signup form (be sure to indicate that you’d like to learn more about the independent volunteer trips).


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