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Announcing New Cooperative Agreements (June 20, 2023)

Announcing New Cooperative Agreements (June 20, 2023)

Even as our field season is firing on all cylinders, behind the scenes our development staff has been working hard at ensuring that our docket of future projects remains robust and our relationship with partners is as fruitful as ever. In recent months, we have entered into new cooperative agreements with the Yosemite Sequoia Resource Conservation & District Council, and with many of our usual federal partners, including the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service (NPS). Our new NPS agreements, in particular, will strengthen GBI’s role in our national parks, especially in respect to cultural resources in Yellowstone, Zion, Humboldt-Toiyabe, and elsewhere. Notably, GBI will also be providing archival and museum collections support at Colonial National Historical Park. We’re also very excited to announce that we have entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for a series of Great Basin stream surveys. This is one of very few collaborations with the USGS over GBI’s 25-year history, and we’re delighted at the opportunity to work with their teams once again.

A detailed list of new agreements can be found below:

(Photo Credit: Kimberlee Roberts, Zion National Park)

Yosemite Sequoia Resource Conservation & District Council (YSRCD): General Service Agreement:

The purpose of this agreement is to perform Project Development/Finalization, Public Scoping, NEPA Project Analysis, Field Survey, and GIS Mapping in support of the Sugarloaf Posey Community Protection WUI Project

NPS P23AC00658 Paper Conservation of Archive/Museum Collections at Yosemite National Park

The goal of this project is to provide a service opportunity for an early career professional student or recent graduate to work side-by-side with NPS professional staff to obtain experience in complex archives issues and projects. This project will help the NPS fulfill responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) as it supports the mission of the Save America’s Treasures program and furthers public dialogue of and knowledge about the preservation of nationally significant cultural and historic properties.

NPS P23AC00679 Engaging and Monitoring Youth in Natural Resource Projects SEUG

The purpose of this agreement is to provide early career professionals with experience and training opportunities alongside the “Wildlife Team” of the Southeast Utah Group park units. The team’s activities will include surveying habitats for the presence of Southwest Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Mexican Spotted Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, and Desert Bighorn Sheep.

NPS P23AC00707 Visual Information Support at Mount Rainier National Park

The purpose of this agreement is to deploy a GBI intern to create an online Accessibility Guide and assist the Interpretive Media program at Mt. Rainier National Park

USGS G23AC00346 Great Basin Stream Surveys

The purpose of this agreement is to update stream hydrography and stream permanence classifications to the Great Basin to fill in major gaps in our understanding of water availability. This will provide new information on 1) presence of stream channels based on available hydrography, 2) classifications of these streams as perennial or non-perennial based on direct observations and models.

NPS P23AC00632 Inventorying and Mapping GIS Database for Enhancing Visitor Experience

The purpose of this agreement is to provide an early-career professional with hands-on experience supporting resources and maintenance on multiple projects that have a direct impact on the visitor experience at Zion National Park.

NPS P23AC00771 Archival and Museum Collections Support at Colonial National Historical Park

The purpose of this agreement is to provide access and accountability to museum collections at Colonial National Historical Park, in accordance with guidelines outlined in the NPS Museum Handbook. GBI will provide an Archivist, an Archives Technician, and a Museum Specialist to work with the park’s museum collection curator.

NPS P23AC00728 HRC Access and Preserve Library Collection – YELL

The purpose of this agreement is to provide early career professionals with experience working side-by-side with NPS professional staff on projects on complex library collections at Yellowstone National Park, including but not limited to library special collections preservation and management.

NPS P23AC00800 Museum and Archive Collaboration (Zion)

The purpose of this agreement is to work collaboratively with associates in the Museum and Archives Program at Zion National Park. Participants will be involved in inventorying, cataloging, and processing of museum collections, and will also develop programs and activities that will create expanded opportunities for public engagement.

NPS P23AC00787 Cultural Resource Support at Death Valley National Park

The purpose of this agreement is to protect cultural resources and mitigate adverse impacts from Great America Outdoors Act projects on these resources. The agreement provides for a cultural resources specialist to assist with necessary archaeological identification and evaluation studies, and also assist with tribal consultation related to this effort.

USFS 23-PA-11041700-018 Native Seed Collection (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest)

The purpose of this agreement is to deploy native seed crew members to conduct scouting, monitoring, and seed collection, in addition to other ecological restoration activities, throughout Nevada in support of The National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration and the Nevada Native Seed Strategy.

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ENF – Caldor Fire Noxious Weeds Project

This project lies entirely within Sequoia National Forest Lands on the Western Divide Ranger District. The GBI is implementing this project under a Supplemental Project Agreement pursuant to a Master Stewardship Agreement between GBI and the US Forest Service.

This project consists of cutting and removal of dead trees up to 35 inches DBH in areas affected by high severity fire, and Hazard Tree cutting along roads accessing the project units.

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ENF – Reservoir Forest Health Project

This project lies entirely within Sequoia National Forest Lands on the Western Divide Ranger District. The GBI is implementing this project under a Supplemental Project Agreement pursuant to a Master Stewardship Agreement between GBI and the US Forest Service.

This project consists of cutting and removal of dead trees up to 35 inches DBH in areas affected by high severity fire, and Hazard Tree cutting along roads accessing the project units.