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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Campbell Creek Science Center
Backyard Discoveries: An Ecosystem Monitoring Program of the Campbell Tract

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
Bureau of Land Management

Contact Information
Name:Jeff Brune; Brian Lax Street:5600 Science Center Drive
City: AnchorageState: Alaska
Zip Code:99507-2599Phone: 907-267-1247
Email:Web site1:
Fax: 907 267-1258Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? No

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):5
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:1 Students Number:15

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $12000 Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:university budgets

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Backyard Discoveries educates the public about the natural resources found in the BLM's Campbell Tract (a 740-acre wilderness area located within Anchorage and bordered by Campbell Creek) and the methods used in their cataloguing and monitoring. We fully involve the pulblic in monitoring the tract to promote a sense of ownershio for this and other wild areas around Anchorage. We will eventually be connected with a network of cooperating programs, currently in its infancy, that will ensure the protection of salmon-spawning streams and their surrounding habitats within the Anchorage Bowl.

Environments monitored:
Land, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Hardness, Hydrocarbons, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Birds, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife, Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:
terrestrial plants;

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Human use surveys, Land use surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Research Federal government
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsLocal government, State government, Federal government
Establish baseline conditionsLocal government, State government, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsLocal government, Federal government
Watershed planningState government
Plan restoration projectsLocal government, State government, Federal government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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