Willamette Valley • Entered by Maya Abels on September 12, 2022

Wilderness Monitoring and grant activity

July 12, 2022 – September 12, 2022

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 235
Post Admin hours 160
Activity Hours 381
Participants 1
Total Hours 776

Key Issue: Multiple apply
Activity Type: Stewardship (monitoring, sampling, planting, etc.)
Key Partners: Oregon State University, Willamette and Deschuttes National Forest Service
Landscape/area: Willamette National Forest (1681674 acres)

Measurable Outcomes

Outcome 1: Trail/land monitored (267 )

Short Description of Activity

Managing the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance grant, recruiting and managing volunteers, actual monitoring of the Mount Washington Wilderness, coordinating with National Broads office and working with partners has been a major effort.

Reflection/Evaluation

Wilderness monitoring engaged current members in our Broadband and attracted about 8 new members to our chapter. (I couldn’t figure out how to sort the contact list by date to determine the exact number.)The grant also facilitated working more with the Bitterbrush Broads. Overall 30 Broads participated in the project and everyone has found the work and engagement satisfying and enjoyable. Since it’s fire season, we have no feedback yet from the Forest Service but this work has facilitated better communication. Members learned more about the health of the forests and are inspired to keep working on the health of the forests. Keeping track of details has been exhausting. Working on 5 trail sections over 100 miles away and needing 39 actions turned out to be overwhelming. If we do this next year, we will limit the amount better. A good partnership with faculty at OSU was built that will benefit everyone and likely result in more ideas for service.
Note: the activity/event hours varied for each trail, the 381 number is a composite and included at least 30 members.