MISSOULA – The Citizen Science Program of the University of Montana Wilderness Institute seeks volunteers to work with experienced field leaders to conduct social encounter monitoring, campsite monitoring and mapping of social trails in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.
“Wilderness stewardship is a job that is never finished,” said Lisa Gerloff, director of the Wilderness Institute’s Citizen Science Program. “These trips are a great way to get into the backcountry with a fun group of people while collecting information essential to caring for these landscapes.”
The trips are free and open to the public, although advanced registration is required. The Lee Metcalf Wilderness is rugged terrain, so some backcountry experience is helpful. Dinner is provided daily, and transportation is available from Missoula and select towns in the vicinity of the study areas.
All trips are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout July and August and will last six days. Current dates and excursions include:
- July 12-17: Monument Mountain Unit
- July 26-31: Spanish Peaks
- Aug. 9-14: Taylor Hilgard Unit #1, Papoose and Sun Creek
- Aug. 23-28: Taylor Hilgard Unit #2, Moose Creek
The project is in partnership with the Custer Gallatin National Forest and made possible through a grant from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.cfc.umt.edu/wi/education/citizen-science/volunteer.php.