Restoration in the Yuba: Volunteer Today

Our restoration program is growing and that means we need more volunteers than ever before! We invite you to join us out in the watershed as citizen scientists to help our science staff implement several important projects. This summer our focus is on meadows. We are looking for volunteers who think cutting down trees is fun, who want to measure trees (hugs encouraged), who will stand ready with a clipboard to take data, who can use a GPS unit, who can help us combat climate change by wielding a pair of clippers. Finally, we need a few brave volunteers who aren’t afraid to sit in our air conditioned office and help us enter all this data or sharpen and clean our tools.  Will you join us?

Contact Cordi Craig, our AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator, cordi@syrcl.org or at 530-265-5961 x 216 to get signed up today.

 Greenhouse Gas Emission Study: New Projects!

Project 1: Baseline 24-hour assessment

  • ghgWhat:  Collect baseline information on pre-restoration greenhouse gas emissions at Loney Meadow. Training will be provided on-site. If you are interested in long term monitoring, this will be an excellent opportunity to get trained!
  • When: Saturday, August 29th-30th, 6.5-hour shifts (includes half hour of training). You do not need to stay overnight, but a camp site will be set up near by. Work-Shifts: are from 9am-3:30pm, 2:30pm-9pm, 8:30pm-3am, 2:30am-9am. 9am-12pm (includes cleanup).
  • Where: Loney Meadow in Yuba watershed (Tahoe National Forest).
  • Carpool info: Meet at SYRCL for carpool or at Loney Meadow Trailhead at the start of your shift.
  • What to bring: Water, lunch/snacks, boots, long sleeved shirt, pants (shorts not recommended!), sweater or jacket, rain jacket, head-lamp for night surveys, hat, etc. Camping gear if you plan on camping.
  • Volunteer need: We will need 20 monitors and 4 camp mom/dads. Monitors will be recording emission data at various stations and camp mom/dads will be preparing food/snacks for monitors.

Project 2: Long-term monitoring

  • What: Monitor greenhouse gas monitoring stations. Monitoring duties include setting up chambers and collecting gas samples for lab analysis (extract sample into syringe and deposit into vacuum sealed headspace vial). Training will be provided on-site.
  • When: Exact dates and times TBD. Starting August 2015 and continuing for the next several years. If you are interested, starting during our 24 hour baseline assessment the weekend of Aug 29-30 would be excellent training.
  • Where: Loney Meadow, Upper Loney Meadow, and Deer Meadow in The Tahoe National Forest
  • What to Bring:  Water, lunch/snacks, boots, long sleeved shirt, pants (shorts not recommended!), hat, etc.
  • Volunteer need: 1-2 monitors for 1 day, every 3 weeks

Meadow Assessments

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  • What: Day hike with SYRCL scientists and assist with meadow assessments to determine baseline conditions of meadows across the Yuba watershed.
  • When: September 1 & September 15th 8am-5pm
  • Where: Meadows in the Tahoe National Forest, TBD. Expect to hike!
  • Carpool info: Meet at the SYRCL office.
  • What to bring:Water, lunch/snacks, boots, long sleeved shirt, pants (shorts not recommended!), hat, etc.
  • Volunteer need: 2-4 people for each date.

Contact: Chris Friedel, River Science Manager, Chris@syrcl.org

 

Groundwater Monitoring at Loney Meadow (new project!)

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  • What: Monitor groundwater monitoring stations. Monitoring duties include collecting and recording pressure transducer data at each station in the meadow. Training will be provided on-site.
  • When: Exact dates and times TBD. Starting August 2015 and continuing for next several years
  • Where: Loney Meadow in Tahoe National Forest
  • What to Bring: Water, lunch/snacks, boots, long sleeved shirt, pants (shorts not recommended!), hat, etc.
  • Volunteer need: 1-2 monitors for 1-2 days, every 3 weeks

 

Data Entry and Office Help

  • What: Data entry in the office to help us with data collected from our aspen transects, vegetation data, meadow assessment data, and greenhouse gas data.
  • When: TBD, let us know your availability M-F and we can work with your schedule.
  • Where: SYRCL Office, River Science Department
  • What to Bring: Yourself. Coffee available upon request. Shoes are optional.
  • Volunteer Need: 3-5 people.
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