Community Science at Hoyt Arboretum: Western Redcedar Dieback Project

Community Science at Hoyt Arboretum: Western Redcedar Dieback Project

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Date(s) - April 28, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Recent observations of dieback and mortality in Western redcedar (Thuja plicata) around the Pacific Northwest have raised concerns about this iconic tree species’ ability to cope with climate change. Hoyt Arboretum will be launching a new community science effort to measure, assign a health rating, and monitor the health of the Western redcedars in Hoyt Arboretum’s collection as part of the regional Forest Health Watch Program, which tracks dieback across the Northwest.

Join Hoyt Arboretum’s curator Martin Nicholson for a small group off-site training at Willamette Park on Wednesday, April 28 from 10am to noon to learn how to participate in the Western Redcedar Dieback Project (Note: the training will be held at Willamette Park because the location provides examples of Western redcedars in various stages of health.)

Volunteers should be available to monitor their assigned trees at Hoyt Arboretum twice a year, in the spring and fall, and are encouraged to be available for a minimum 6-month commitment. This volunteer role is a great opportunity for individuals interested in community science and volunteering outdoors with a flexible schedule. Volunteers will need Internet access on a personal device (smartphone, tablet, computer) to record their observations online at iNaturalist.org. Read the volunteer position description here.

Questions? Please contact Becky at volunteer@hoytarboretum.org.

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