The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are partnering with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the National Forest Foundation (NFF) to conduct botanical surveys during the 2013 summer field season. Our efforts will focus on the Lightening Creek Complex, recently identified as one of only ten “Treasured Landscapes” proposed across the United States. These surveys are the first of a series of steps to help restore this incredible area. We need volunteer assistance to identify and monitor noxious weed encroachment along area trails, as well as to help in high alpine surveying for white bark pine occurrence and habitat suitability. There will be several survey dates throughout June, July and August, including both day-long surveys, continuous trail monitoring, and extended backpacking excursions. In addition, plant identification training and survey methods training will be provided by the USFS early in June to prepare volunteers for quality survey output. This is a great opportunity to get out and improve the state of our wildlands for wildlife, water quality, recreation opportunities, and overall ecosystem health! Interested? Please fill out our Application for Plant Surveying (below) and we will contact you with greater detail. Volunteers make it happen!!!
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