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We’re Seeking Volunteers: Forest Health Assessments

Author: Jefferson Land Trust | 03/18/24

Four people in the forest

Volunteers from a previous year carrying out the forest health assessment.

Jefferson Land Trust is currently seeking volunteers to help conduct hands-on forest health assessments on several of our nature preserves.

Volunteers will participate in an all day training (from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm) on Monday, April 8 with Jefferson Land Trust staff to go over the assessment protocol and navigation, and practice using diameter tapes and other equipment needed for data collection. This spring, the forest health assessments will need to be completed before the end of May.

Volunteers will work in teams of two to four for quality control and safety, as the assessments require walking off trail, through thick brush, 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 assessments help 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] by Wednesday, April 3. Thank you!