Since 2008, the Task Force Wildlife Tracking Project (often referred to as the Cascade Carnivore Tracking Program) has captured thousands of images of the magnificent wildlife in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The project initially started with only a couple remote wildlife cameras and a desire to document some of the Cascades most elusive predators, such as the Cascade Fox and wolverine.
Initial images from the cameras were a huge success, pictures of both fox and wolverine high on Mount Adams caused a stir in the conservation community. The Task Force and other organizations quickly used the evidence of threatened animals in the area to strengthen the argument for further conservation of wild spaces and to emphasize the need for wildlife migration corridors.
Over the next two years the Task Force dramatically increased the size of the project as the data collected from the cameras is an excellent restoration project planning aid. Most recently, the Task Force has expanded the camera program to involve children from local elementary schools and disadvantaged teens. Bringing children and teens into the wilderness to place and monitor cameras furthers the Task Forces mission of educating the next generation about the importance of environmental stewardship.
The camera project is always in need of volunteers, please visit our connect page to get involved.
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