Updates From the Field

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Study finds predation largely to blame for fisher deaths in the Sierra Nevada

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By Alex Drokin, free lance writer in Austin, Texas.   Biologists are now closer to understanding fisher (Pekania pennanti) survival and mortality rates following a multiyear study. New research published in The Journal of Wildlife Management, found that fishers in California’s Sierra National Forest have an annual survival rate of 0.69, with the largest percentage of deaths resulting from predation. The research may…

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Mount Trumbull lithograph and photographic recreation. Photo by Todd Miller.

Recreation of 1882 Mount Trumbull lithograph sheds light on landscape evolution

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A lithograph from Mount Trumbull created during John Wesley Powell’s 1882 expedition provided an unusual adventure for GBI Research Associates. Todd Miller and Julianne Renner, working with the National Park Service, undertook the long, steep hike to the top of Mount Trumbull in order to generate photographic recreations of the lithograph. More than just an exercise in historical reenactment, comparisons…

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Research Associates Support Fire Restoration in Central Washington

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Great Basin Institute continues to support the BLM Washington in monitoring, surveying and supporting fire restoration efforts.  Below is an AP article (8 August 2017) that captures recent fire activity this season Such fire disturbances engage the institute and the BLM in planning efforts to understand impacts to vegetative communities and subsequent attempts to stabilize soil, mitigate erosion, and model…

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Research Associates and Crews Receive Tahoe Fund Grant for Conservation and Outreach

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This summer, GBI crews and Research Associates are fanning out across the Lake Tahoe Basin to support a variety of environmental initiatives.  The Tahoe Fund has provided $50,000 to elevate the long-standing partnership between the institute and the USDA Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.  Crews will provide restoration and trail support while associates conduct wilderness, forestry, archaeological, and recreation monitoring…

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