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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Hands on the Land Network
Monitoring program names:
Ozone Bio-monitoring, Slime Mold Inventory, Water Quality Monitoring, Terrestrial Invertebrate Study, Salamander Monitoring

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

Contact Information
Name:Dave MillerStreet:1628 Sts. John Road
City: KeystoneState: Colorado
Zip Code:80435Phone: 970-468-2098
Email:dmiller@keystone.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 970-468-7769 Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):varies
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:21+ Students Number:varies

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $varies Year monitoring began: 2000

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

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?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
The Hands on the Land Network collects and stores environmental monitoring data in five separate areas which were developed and initiated by researchers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The projects include Ozone Bio-monitoring, Slime Mold Inventory, Water Quality Monitoring, Terrestrial Invertebrate Study and Salamander Monitoring.

Ozone Bio-monitoring: Classrooms and member sites monitor ground-level ozone through leaf injury analysis of plants in their ozone gardens.

Slime Mold Inventory: Students, teachers, land managers and scientists are combining efforts to inventory slime molds nationally.

Water Quality Monitoring: This project allows member sites to post and compare water quality data.

Terrestrial Invertebrate Study: Students learn about the importance and life cycle of terrestrial invertebrates while they identify, count and record insect found through the use of a leaf litter sifter.

Salamander Monitoring: Often referred to as The Salamander Capitol of the World, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is conducting a mark and recapture study with salamanders so researchers may learn more about the habits these quasi-terrestrial animals. Students and teachers provide hands-on assistance to researchers on-site.

Environments monitored:
Air, Groundwater, Lake or Pond, Land, River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife, Exotic / Invasive species, salamander, slime molds, terrestrial invertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Federal government
AdvocacyFederal government
Research Federal government, University scientists
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsFederal government, University scientists
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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