Trout Unlimited Partners with the Forest Service to Restore
Credit: Colorado Trout Unlimited
To begin this process the USFS needs to assess the damage of the rivers. They have turned to Trout Unlimited (TU) because we have an expansive network of dedicated volunteers that care about the watershed and want to make a difference.
TU Volunteers becoming scientist!
This is the beginning of a multi year partnership to bring back the healthy river ecosystems in the South Platte Basin after the floods and we already have volunteers trained and ready to get on the river!!
The USFS hosted the first training for TU members on August 20, 2013, and it was a huge success. Dan Cenderelli and Matt Fairchild from the Forest Service developed a unique scientific assessment aimed at gathering data to develop a prescription to restore the entire watershed. This assessment is unique in many ways, but the big one is that there is an app for it!! Yes, an app for your smart phone. TU volunteers were not only trained on the science of the assessment, but also how to enter the data into their phones and instantly submit their results into the USFS database.
Matt Fairchild teaching Gregg how to use the app he developed.
TU and the USFS were very anxious to get this project going. Planning and developing this partnership began shortly after the floods in September 2013. We are excited that the first bunch of volunteers have been trained and are ready to get out on the rivers and be true citizen scientist.
Because of the high demand from volunteers we will be hosting another training. We are working on scheduling it and should have details ASAP. If you are interested in being a part of this ground breaking partnership then please let us know. Contact Stephanie Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-354-2647 to learn more and get signed up.