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Timber Tracking - eastern black walnut

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ADVENTURERS AND SCIENTISTS FOR CONSERVATION

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LOCATION: public land throughout central and eastern United States. See the map of Black Walnut species range on our website here: https://www.adventurescientists.org/timber-volunteers.html

Program Information: Eastern black walnut (Juglans nigra) is well known for its edible nuts and beautiful dark, tight-grained wood used for flooring, instruments, and cabinetry. These trees are in high demand, making them a prime target to timber poachers. But you can help protect them!

Join our team of volunteer Timber Trackers to explore hardwood forests throughout central and eastern US and collect leaf, twig, and tree core samples from eastern black walnut trees. Collection is happening now!

Samples are sent to our partners at the US Forest Service who use genetic analysis and DART (Direct Analysis in Real Time), a tool that vaporizes tiny pieces of the sample and catalogs its unique chemical makeup. This information is creating a library of black walnut's chemical and genetic diversity across the entire species range. Land managers will be able to use the library to pinpoint the origin of suspected illegal lumber and prosecute the timber thieves responsible.

Applications accepted now through January 2022. Learn more and apply on our website: https://www.adventurescientists.org/timber-volunteers.html.

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About ADVENTURERS AND SCIENTISTS FOR CONSERVATION

Location:

PO BOX 1834, BOZEMAN, MT 59771, US

Mission Statement

Adventure Scientists is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that equips partners with data collected from the outdoors that are crucial to addressing environmental and human health challenges.

Description

Goals
1. Be the most efficient provider of hard-to-obtain environmental data that would otherwise be unavailable for conservation.
2. Grow a network of informed volunteers who have a deep commitment to conservation after participating in the scientific process.
3. Serve as an invaluable connection between the conservation and outdoor communities.

Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Environmental Education
  • Data Entry
  • Botany
  • Environmental Science
  • Research
  • Outdoor Recreation

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Training: 2.5 hours | Sampling: 4 - 16 hours depending on location chosen | Time provided to complete sampling: 30 days.
  • 18 years of age or older (minors are welcome to join sampling outings but asked not to lead data collection) Ability to use a smartphone to collect data Experience and ability to safely travel in the outdoors with at least one partner

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