Some of my work has been featured on CNN, Outside TV and, National Geographic.
Follow me on my journey to document the modern world of citizen-science and its contribution to conservation. I’ve participated in field work from remote islands off the coast of Alaska to the jungles of Costa Rica. I invited you to share my passions.
The Timber Tracking Project, was originally all set to go forward this spring, but we all know what happened instead; collecting was suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis.
However, permits have been cleared for this summer and we’ll be out sampling practicing the best kind of social distancing.
Now it’s all about looking at topo maps and choosing collection zones.
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-- July 2020 --
The outdoor community is well positioned to collect tree tissue samples from far-flung locations on a large scale across each species’ geographic range. Hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and other activities bring our volunteers to places few others venture.
This information will power new tools to reveal the origin of any sample of timber––taking away illegal loggers’ ability to sneak poached trees into the world’s wood supply.
I found myself with some free time between contract jobs and I started looking around for somewhere new or at the least somewhere we hadn’t been in a while to get a bit of outdoor time.
The only place I could find available was Fort Stevens down on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. The last time we were there was to cover the solar eclipse for the Astoria Daily so off we went. What I hadn’t anticipated is that we would be running from dangerous levels of smoke from all the forest fires raging on the west coast.
Just want to thank everyone for all the messages and encouragement this last year. And we really appreciate your donations as well! Our overhead is low, but we do appreciate your generosity in helping with the expenses.
Check your email as we will be sending our 2020 Calendar over the next few weeks. Feel free to share and publish at your favorite publishers.