Join one of our Mount Rose Wilderness Technicians in the field this summer collecting valuable data for the Forest Service, or get trained to collect data on your own! Our techs would love to have volunteers join them in hiking through the mountains. We are collecting data on opportunities for solitude in the wilderness, and on the location and condition of campsites. The data will be used by the Forest Service to improve Wilderness management.
Volunteers will be trained to complete four-hour encounter monitoring sessions, tallying how many people are encountered on the trail, and marking information on whether they are participating in single-day or overnight use, traveling in groups, hiking with pets, or using pack animals. Campsites will be inventoried by locating known campsites and completing a form detailing their condition. New campsites' conditions will be evaluated and they will be named and marked.
There will be ample opportunity to volunteer on weekdays and weekends and many skill levels can be accommodated. Volunteering will run from July through August with opportunities Wednesday through Sunday. Volunteers will need hiking shoes, a pack to carry ample water and food, sunscreen, and comfortable clothing for the weather. We will be conducting sessions within five zones of the Mt. Rose Wilderness: hiking trails including the Tahoe Rim Trail, Hunter Creek Trail, Jones/Whites Loop, Thomas Creek Trail, and more! We can accommodate all ability levels with distances ranging between 2-10 miles.
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