Land Trust volunteers measuring tree diameters on one of our preserves.
Jefferson Land Trust is seeking volunteers to help conduct hands-on forest health assessments in the Quimper Wildlife Corridor.
Volunteers will participate in an all day training (from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm) on Monday, September 12, with Jefferson Land Trust staff to go over the assessment protocol and practice using an increment borer, diameter tapes, and other equipment needed for data collection. Forest health assessments will need to be completed before the end of October. Volunteers will work in teams of two to four for quality control and safety, as the assessments require walking off trail and over uneven terrain. This project also involves entering data into an online data form after the in-the-forest assessment is complete.
The forest health assessment helps us evaluate the ecological integrity and functions of forests and streams within our preserves. Our goal is to have ongoing and historical evidence of the progress that our care and management is making at our preserves. Assessments like these provide clear indications about which areas of our preserves need the most attention to accomplish our various management goals.
If you’re interested in volunteering to be on the forest health assessment team, please contact Cristina Villalobos at cvillalobos[at]saveland.org by Tuesday, September 6th. Thank you!