White Mountains Downslope Resurvey

July 26 – 31, 2017

This is a week of scientific survey work, attendees are volunteer botanists, students, research scientists or previous GLORIA workshop attendees. If you have high altitude experience, are a reasonably competent botanist, are familiar with GLORIA-style surveys, we would love to have you!

Accomodations:  Lodging is at White Mountain Research Center’s Crooked Creek Station, located at 10,200 ft in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (Inyo National Forest).  There is a main dining area and common room, a lab space and a library.

Rooms:  There are shared rooms and some private rooms, please email Brian to ask about what rooms are available.

Price: Email to ask about pricing. There is a nightly fee to stay at the research station which includes your room and all meals. We may have a few discounted options for graduate students.

Sites:  The GLORIA White Mountains Downslope Surveys for 2017 will be on White Mountain Peak and Patriarch Grove East, snow permitting. We may also resurvey Campito Mountain.

Plant Guides:
Plant List by Family
Plant Guide with Pictures

Information: 
General GLORIA fieldwork orientation
Downslope survey protocol
GLORIA safety briefing
Mountain and Desert Thunderstorm field forecasting

Schedule:
July 26 – Arrive, acclimitize, and set up
July 27 – White Mountain Peak, Day 1
July 28 – White Mountain Peak, Day 2
July 29 – Patriarch Grove East, Day 1
July 30 – Patriarch Grove East, Day 2
July 31 – Travel to Sweetwater Mountains

Map/ Directions:

From Big Pine, CA:  At the junction of highway 395 and California highway 168 at Big Pine, drive east on highway 168 into the White Mountains. About 13 miles from 395 at Westgard Pass, turn north (left) onto the White Mountain Road. The White Mountain Road is paved and its intersection with highway 168 is marked with a sign. Once on White Mountain Road, drive north for about 10 miles on pavement. At Schulman Grove, about 10 miles from highway 168, the pavement ends, and the dirt road is passable by passenger cars but can be washboarded with sharp rocks. Drive slowly to avoid flat tires.  Continue north another 9 miles until the junction with the road to Crooked Creek. This junction is marked with a sign. Turn right and drive 1 mile east on this road to the Crooked Creek station.

It is a good idea to fill up your car with gas in either Bishop or Big Pine.

Printable, PDF Directions

More travel information on the WMRC webpages

stationmap

CONTACT/QUESTIONS: Brian Smithers — bsmithers@ucdavis.edu