WHALES of Teton Valley • Entered by Liz McCane on August 24, 2021

Solitude Monitoring Training

August 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours
Post Admin hours
Activity Hours 8
Participants 9
Total Hours 72

Key Issue: Wilderness & Monument Designation/Protection
Activity Type: Stewardship (monitoring, sampling, planting, etc.)
Key Partners: Caribou-Targhee NF, Wyoming Wilderness Assn
Landscape/area: Jedediah Smith Wilderness (123896 acres)

Measurable Outcomes

Outcome 1: Trail/land monitored (12 surveys)

Short Description of Activity

WHALES leaders were trained to monitor solitude in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness by USFS and WWA staff. In turn, our leaders have, to date, trained 20 additional WHALES members. WHALES were responsible for 10 subsequent monitoring visits to each of two trails in the wilderness, and those 20 surveys have been completed. We continue to monitor on two additional trails.


Response from the WHALES exceeded expectations, and all seem to be happy to help the Forest Service manage the wilderness in our own back yards.

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