Wilderness Expedition Grant 2012

Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project Expedition Grant Program

Description: The Community Wilderness Stewardship Project monitors the two Wilderness areas that the Sitka Conservation Society helped to create, the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness and the South Baranof Wilderness. We conduct research expeditions to collect data ranging from botanical surveys to small mammal genetic mapping to glacial change research. These remote study areas are difficult and expensive to access. For this reason, we seek research partners to broaden the scope of the project and ensure that the trips are as effective as possible. Ideal candidates for Expedition Grants would include partnerships with other institutions, organizations, or agencies; focus on priority sites within Wilderness areas; incorporate an outreach component; and include additional outside funding.

Location: Based out of Sitka, Alaska. Research must occur within West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness Area or South Baranof Wilderness Area.

Dates: May - December 2012 Proposals due by: May 1, 2012

Compensation: SCS may fund up to $1000

To Apply: Submit proposal* and cover letter to Adam Andis- adam@sitkawild.org

* Research in Forest Service Wilderness Areas requires a special permitting process. SCS staff will help facilitate the research permit application, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to complete all necessary forms and work with the Sitka Ranger District to receive a temporary research permit for the project. See useful resources below.

Resources:

Scientific Activities Evaluation Framework- Use this evaluation framework to apply for research permits. The actual application begins on page 54.

Guidelines for Scientists- The following guidelines are written for scientists who want to conduct scientific activities in wilderness. These are only brief guidelines intended to help scientists understand and communicate with local managers, thereby expediting the process of evaluating a proposal for scientific activities.

Example proposals:

Expedition Grant Proposal 2011- Establishing Baseline and Groundtruthing Data within the West Chichagof-­Yakobi Wilderness, Chichagof Island, Alaska

Project Proposal 2010- Glacial Change on Baranof Island: Quantifying Local-level Impact of Climate Change


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