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Field Monitoring

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Boots on the ground leads to standing!

Evidence gathering builds a strong administrative and legal record to stop and/or minimize public lands degradation. Thorough documentation may prove useful if Friends of the Clearwater submits public comments for a proposed action or pursues litigation to stop deforestation, improve travel plans, protect fish/wildlife habitat and ensure protective management plans. We need your help to effectively monitor one of the last and largest intact ecosystems left in the Lower 48!



Friends of the Clearwater monitors:

♦ Proposed habitat altering timber sale units

♦ Post-timber sale units

♦ Roadless area degradation caused by deforestation and road-building

♦ Off-road vehicle abuse

♦ Wilderness character and trespass

♦ Suction dredge mining

♦ Post-wildfire habitats

♦ Biodiversity

… and more!

What’s the most effective way to monitor a ‘threatened’ place?

  1. Visit your favorite area in the Clearwater Basin.
  2. Photo document your trip.
  3. Share your monitoring photos with Friends of the Clearwater.
  4. Submit a public comment that includes your photos, personal experiences, and any corrective action the agency needs to take.
  5. If you are a current Friends of the Clearwater member, you may have a chance to speak on behalf of wild places as a standing declarant in the courts.
  6. Always make plans to go back to your favorite place.

Consider how you may build a monitoring component into your next wild Clearwater country visit. If you need ideas, contact the Friends of the Clearwater office at foc@friendsoftheclearwater.org.