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North Idaho botanical study needs survey volunteers


At the U.S. Forest Service nursery in Coeur d'Alene, horticulturist Dave Foushee keeps watch over a pallet of whitebark pine trees, each about seven years old. The whitebark reaches maximum cone-bearing when it is about 250 years old. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
At the U.S. Forest Service nursery in Coeur d'Alene, horticulturist Dave Foushee keeps watch over a pallet of whitebark pine trees, each about seven years old. The whitebark reaches maximum cone-bearing when it is about 250 years old. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

PUBLIC LANDS -- OUTSURVEY – Forest Service botanical studies in Lake Pend Oreille’s Lightning Creek drainage are recruiting volunteers for summer surveys.

Helpers will monitor trails for noxious weeds and hike into alpine areas to survey whitebark pines.

Plant identification and survey training sessions are set for June 6-7 and June 12-14.

Volunteers are being coordinated through the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Interested? Fill out a short Application of Interest. Helpers will be recruited from these entries.

Read on for more details from the FSPW:

During the 2013 summer field season, FSPW is partnering with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the National Forest Foundation (NFF) to conduct botanical surveys throughout 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 restore the area.  Our surveys will take on three forms:

  1. Adopting a trail to check periodically for noxious weed encroachment.
  2. Day hikes into alpine environments to survey for Whitebark Pine occurrence and habitat suitability.
  3. Overnight backpacking trips into backcountry alpine sites to conduct Whitebark Pine surveying.  

There will be several survey dates to choose from July through September.  In addition, two plant identification/surveying trainings will be provided by the USFS early in June, both noxious weeds (June 6&7) and Whitebark Pine (June 12-14) surveying.  

Info: Kristen Nowicki, Projects Director, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, (208) 627-2448, email Kristen@scotchmanpeaks.org.




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