The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS), is recruiting a Forester to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to determine, plan and arrange the resources necessary to complete the Eshom Ecological Restoration Project, Phase 1. The project seeks to improve forest health and wildlife habitat by reducing fuels from drought- and beetle-impacted trees on the Hume Lake Ranger District. Approximately 1,000 acres of forest will be treated over the next two years.
As part of a larger silvicultural study, the forester will assist with data collection that will provide the US Forest Service with baseline information to assess ecological restoration measures and changes in forest health over time. The project is funded by the California legislature through Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds. The program seeks to minimize the loss of forest carbon from large, intense wildfires while promoting carbon sequestration efforts through biomass utilization. The Mule Deer Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation will partner to convert tree material to mulch for use in the agricultural industry.
The successful applicant will gain insight in to the operations of a federal land management agency, and develop marketable skills that can be applied towards future forestry projects. The scope of work will include the following activities:
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