The Forest Watch Program was created to stay informed on current land use treatments and to conduct forest monitoring surveys of proposed areas within the Williams watershed.
It is coordinated by Tyanna Smith, a 7 year resident of Williams and an Oregon native.
Through this program we survey for characteristics of geology, geography, tree diameters, canopy coverage, tree and plant species distribution, forest structure, wildlife, waterways/riparian areas, and human activities in timber sale units on public lands. By documenting the forest, we will be able to get on the ground information regarding current forest conditions in order to compare the accuracy of the agency’s documents about the description and impacts of the timber sales. With this data we can watchdog agencies for potential legal violations, create suggestions/recommendations for comment and letter writing, and maintain an active voice in decision making of our local public lands.
If you would like to become a part of an active group of forest and water defenders please consider volunteering or donating to our work.
You can reach Tyanna through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forest Watch Updates can be found HERE
We Need Your Help to Continue Forest Monitoring
We need to raise $25,000 for our Forest Watch Coordinator to continue her work monitoring and documenting tree stands in proposed timber sale units on public lands.
In the very short interval of monitoring of less than 6 months Tyanna has discovered many discrepancies with agency data versus current conditions, as well as possible legal violations. Additionally, she informs the community of her findings and encourages dialogue and decisions that have the best interests of the residents of the surrounding community.
This funding will cover a salary, monitoring equipment to include continued drone maintenance, repairs, observation and recording, trail cams, vehicle upkeep/ maintenance, personal gear to function in diverse weather conditions.
Our generous donors, Sara Katz and David Markle, will match every dollar you donate up to $10,000!
Thank you in advance for your generosity.