Park Services Asks For Public Help With Photo Documenting Project

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Park Ranger Mary Holmes de Calvaresi shows a young visitor how to place her smartphone onto the photo-monitoring station. Ten camera stations are located within the burn area of the 2013 Springs Fire to track the landscape's recovery.

The National Parks Service and California State Parks are asking for the public’s assistance in becoming citizen scientists by photo-documenting changing park landscapes due to fires and rainfall, according to a release from the National Park Service.

Scientists hope with public participation through uploading images of effected areas on to social media platforms, collecting visitor’s photographs will help document fire recovery in the parks.

More than 24,000 acres burned in the 2013 Springs Fire, and while California is in the midst of a record-breaking drought, recent weather conditions will help give the area much needed growth.

The photo data collected from 10 camera stations throughout Rancho Sierra Vista and Point Mugu State Park will be included in an online time-lapse series.

The photo-monitoring project will be able to provide scientists with more accurate information about recovery projects and also encourage visitors to learn more about wildfire effects in Southern California.

Images can be uploaded via Flickr, Instragram or Twitter, and each camera station will have a listed hashtag to use for uploads. Photos can also be emailed to springsfire@nps.gov.

For more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/N5Mh.