Photo credit: John Fielder
In the White River National Forest (WRNF), FRPP volunteers are collecting data to determine the status of pika as an
indicator of alpine ecosystem integrity (pika is a focal species that the WRNF monitors to improve their understanding
of the health of alpine ecosystems), and adapting methods used by the
National Parks Service 'Pikas in Peril' research
effort to collect data needed to identify bio-climatic features that determine pika occupancy in the White River National
Forest. This is the first step in predicting pika response to climate change on the White River National Forest
(as the 'Pikas in Peril' project
did in Rocky Mountain National Park). The data collected in the
WRNF this season will directly contribute to the WRNF's efforts to determine the status of pika, assess the health of
alpine ecosystems and predict pika response to climate change. Learn more about the research objectives
Resources for Volunteers
Steps to Volunteering for New Volunteers
Steps to Volunteering for Returning Volunteers
Volunteer Manual and Protocols
Please click the links below to view the volunteer manual and data entry sheet. This will be covered in detail in the classroom and field trainings, but we recommend reading the manual before the trainings.2019 White River National Forest Manual
2019 White River National Forest Data Entry Sheet
If you would like to review the classroom training powerpoint, please click on this link.
Site Maps and Directions
Please see the link with the site sign up and maps that you receive via email after the trainings.
Backcountry Navigation Tips
As an FRPP WRNF volunteer, you are responsible for obtaining a GPS unit or GPS phone app for navigation to field sites and must be completely comfortable navigating on your own. The FRPP has a limited number of GPS units to lend out and partners with Gaia GPS to provide smartphone app subscriptions for our volunteers.
Online Backcountry Navigation Course (see your volunteer manual or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code)
An IBIS website Updated 4/24/2018