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 |
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 |
Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes
Counties in which you monitor:
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.
Air, Groundwater, Lake or Pond, Land, River or Stream, Wetland
Alkalinity, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.
Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife, Exotic / Invasive species, salamander, slime molds, terrestrial invertebrates
|Education||Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, Federal government|
|Research ||Federal government, University scientists|
|Community organizing|| |
|Screen for problems|| |
|Establish baseline conditions||Federal 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|| |