Welcome to the Fisheries Resource Volunteer Corps
The Fisheries Resource Volunteer Corps (FRVC) was established in 1994 as a volunteer program, operating under the United States Forest Service “Volunteers in the National Forests Program”, governed by the Volunteers in the National Forests Act of 1972 and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Public Benefit Corporation for charitable and public purposes.
The primary mission of the FRVC is to protect and monitor 14 wild trout streams and 4 tributaries of these streams in the Angeles and San Bernardino Forests through regular stream patrols by trained FRVC Volunteers, who perform various tasks while on patrol. Much of our work involves interacting with forest visitors, while answering their questions and making them aware of camping, fire, fishing and safety regulations.
Our Stream patrols are meant to:
- Protect each stream through regular patrols. Stream Patrols are performed by two or more FRVC Volunteers, one of which is a Patrol Leader in uniform of the Forest Service, providing high visibility to the forest visitor. This high visibility lets the visitor know that the valuable ecosystems are being monitored and protected.
- Monitor the streams by documenting resource and enforcement problems encountered while on stream patrols, by filing a Patrol Report at the end of each stream patrol.
- Educate the public concerning habitat and watershed conservation, camping, fire and safety regulations, as well as, special fishing regulations for streams with “wild trout” designation.
We also assist the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) and the Forest Service with fisheries and conservation projects, water quality projects, stream surveys, public education, staffing visitor centers, visitor emergencies, sign maintenance, removing invasive plants and species, illegal fire rings, graffiti and recreational dams. The data collected from our stream patrol reports and stream surveys, help the Forest Service and the CDFW monitor existing conditions and trends, so action can be taken to correct potential problems.
HOW TO BECOME AN FRVC VOLUNTEER
The basic requirement to become a volunteer of the FRVC is to have a love and respect for our National Forests and an interest in volunteering to make a difference in preserving our forests and the streams in them.
All new volunteers sign a Forest Service Volunteer Agreement and complete the FRVC – Forest Service Volunteer Training. Since the FRVC Training is only held twice a year, potential new volunteers are encouraged to participate in activities and stream patrols throughout the year, where they receive training in the field, as required for the specific projects that they participate in.
The FRVC – Forest Service Volunteer Training covers FRVC history and overview, FRVC and Forest Service procedures, social media, sexual harassment, public contact and professionalism, radio use and procedures, personal health and safety, reporting injuries, patrol procedures and duties, overview of all activities and projects, volunteer expectations and signing the Volunteer Agreement.
For more information about the FRVC and how to become an FRVC Volunteer you may contact Tom Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org