Mapping Recovery: 2021 Fire Scar Surveys
Do you want to help our wildlands and trails recover following the Thomas and Whittier Fires? Are you interested in brushing up on your local botany? Do you enjoy hiking? The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Conservation Biology Institute need YOU as a community scientist to continue surveying the Thomas and Whittier Fire Scars in 2021! For more information about the program, you can visit:
https://www.sbbg.org/conservation-research/fire-recovery-community-science
and
https://consbio.org/products/projects/mapping-assessment-planning-recovery-resiliency-watersheds-thomas-fire-whittier-fire

In 2020, we had an incredible turnout of volunteers who helped us map over 2,500 plant population data points. You can look at our data here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/mapping-recovery-in-the-thomas-fire-scar

We're looking for volunteers who are interested in collecting additional data in our second year of study! Volunteers should expect the following:
- No prior botanical knowledge or experience is needed, although it's helpful!
- You must be willing and able to hike a chosen trail within the Los Padres National Forest on your own (no Garden botanist accompanying), looking for targeted plant species. Trails can be as short as one mile and as long as 18 miles, with varying levels of difficulty – we'll do our best to match you to your best trail.
- You'll need access to a smartphone, and you'll need to be able to download our apps.
- You'll be expected to participate in a virtual training and to map your trail at least once between March and June.

If you're interested in being a part of the project, let us know below!
Yes, I'd like to be notified when training enrollment starts! My email is: *
Thank you!
We'll be in touch in February at the latest to let you know how you can be involved.
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