Citizen Scientists and Community Volunteers Needed
John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District, is always seeking volunteers for monitoring and restoration projects. In the spring, a series of newly created riparian buffer areas (from livestock exclusion projects) will be re-vegetated with native trees and shrubs. The District will have a need for volunteers to help plant these trees and shrubs. In addition, plant diversity, songbird, salamander, and benthic macroinvertebrate studies are being conducted. Volunteers are needed for both tree planting and collecting biological data. In most cases, training and equipment are provided. It is not necessary to be an expert in species identification, as volunteer teams are typically assembled with a mix of experience levels.
A variety of locations, and dates ranging from March through late April are available for tree planting. Monitoring is conducted in spring for birds, plants, and salamanders and year-round for benthic macroinvertebrates. This is an excellent opportunity for homeschool families, college students, recent graduates, Master Naturalists, and other community groups. For more information, please contact Kris Jarvis or Michael Trop at 540-347-3120 x3.