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Citizen Stewardship & Partnerships FY 2020 Award Winner

Increasing volunteerism and cooperation among multiple organizations to assess American Pika on the White River National Forest is citizen science at its best. On the most visited national forest in the country, Rocky Mountain Wild successfully coordinated the work of over 100 volunteers who contributed 3,700 hours and conducted 142 pika occupancy surveys. 

Why volunteer?

For more than 100 years, the Forest Service has brought people and communities together to answer the call of conservation. Through campground hosting, trail maintenance, visitor services, research and more, volunteers make significant contributions to the legacy of conservation for future generations.

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers are individuals and groups with varying levels of skills and abilities. They work outdoors, help scientists conduct research or work with people at our many visitor's centers. There's something for everyone.

Fact Sheet

Volunteering provides great opportunities to:

  • Help improve forests and grasslands
  • Learn more about natural and cultural resources
  • Meet new people and form valuable connections
  • Get involved as a citizen steward

How to volunteer?

  • Contact your local forest or grassland, or Forest Service Regional Liaison
  • Search for partner organizations who work on forests or grasslands
  • Find all the latest information at
  • Create a profile and search for opportunities on public lands at 

Volunteers are reimbursed for approved, out-of-pocket expenses but do not receive a salary or hourly wage. Volunteers must be signed up through an official Volunteer Service Agreement (OF-301a), or work through a Forest Service partner organization. 


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