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Timeframe and Commitment
Sample collection for eastern black walnut will kick off in July 2021.
Data collection will take place on public lands (forests, refuges, reserves) throughout the Eastern black walnut range in the US. These trees grow from western Connecticut and Massachusetts to the coast of North Carolina, from Georgia and west until eastern Texas, north through Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, and across the southern regions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New York. See the species range map below.
The tree grows near streams and rivers in well-drained soils. You'll hike or walk, sometimes navigating off-trail, to find individual trees. We expect you to collect samples from at least 10 trees that are at least 100 meters apart.
The project runs through January 31, 2022.
Training and Equipment
All volunteers need to complete online training modules and a comprehensive quiz prior to getting out in the field. We offer a variety web events, discussions, and readings to supplement the training.
The training will include information on how to ID black walnut using a tool called a dichotomous key, which we will also provide. Learning the proper identification of these trees is critical, especially during the dormant season.
Data collection will include taking samples of leaves, twigs, and in some cases, tree cores. You'll also record data using a smartphone app.
You'll have access to register for the public land parcels where you plan to collect samples as part of the online training process.
We will ship your equipment at least one week before your anticipated start date. We ask that you ship your equipment and samples back to us as soon as you finish sampling.