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Great Basin Institute Research May Help Potentially Threatened West Coast Fishers

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For the last seven years, GBI conservation biologist Dr. Rick A. Sweitzer, PhD, has been studying the population dynamics of a small, isolated population of fishers (Pekania pennanti) in the southern Sierra Nevada, California near Yosemite National Park. Fishers in this region are struggling to exist in the face of threats from logging, forest fires, collisions with vehicles on highways, and poisons being used around illegal marijuana grow sites between Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

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National Public Lands Day 2014 In Nevada

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Southern Nevadans were busy on Sept. 27 volunteering for National Public Lands Day. Three projects were hosted by Friends of Nevada Wilderness, all aimed at restoring the natural environment on public lands all across the Las Vegas Valley. At Corn Creek on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, 21 volunteers from MGM grand and the community spread 75 pounds of native seed species…

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Elko Recreation Study: Wilderness Study Areas

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Elko residents, you are invited to share your opinions about the benefits of recreating in Wilderness Study Areas in Elko County. Your input will help the Bureau of Land Management as it prepares to update the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the BLM Elko District. The Great Basin Institute (GBI) will be holding a series of informal discussions in August and September to give people a chance to express their desires and expectations regarding Wilderness Study Area management in the future.

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GBI Partner Feature: California Trail Interpretive Center

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If you’re visiting the Great Basin Institute’s website, you probably have a notion of how rich in natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities the state of Nevada is, but maybe you’re not as familiar with the Silver (or Sagebrush, or Battle Born) State’s history? Well, luckily for the intrepid academic or the casually curious, Elko, Nevada is home to one…

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Success Story: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Collects Over 400 Pounds of Joshua Tree Seed Pods for Restoration (via USFS)

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The spring of 2013 gave rise to an extensive Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) bloom in the Mojave Desert that lasted for weeks. Joshua trees are pollinated only by the yucca moth while the female lays eggs inside the flowers. When the larvae (caterpillars) emerge, they feed exclusively on Joshua tree seeds; a remarkable example of co-evolution. Interestingly, 13,000 years ago the now-extinct…

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Parents! Register for Great Basin Naturalists at Galena Summer Camp

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Summer Will Be Here Before You Know It. Great Basin Naturalists at Galena is gearing up for eight weeks of Summer Exploration Camp featuring new weekly themes, some returning favorites, and more activities to get your children exploring the outdoors. Five weeks of Residential Camp will be offered, in which campers stay at the beautiful WeChMe Lodge located in the…

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MLK Day of Service in the Las Vegas community

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On January 20th, 2014, twenty NCC AmeriCorps members and five GBI staff volunteered their time with the Las Vegas chapter of Habitat for Humanity, to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The AmeriCorps members worked on two of the eight homes Habitat will build this year to support families in need. At the building site, located in…

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Carbon Offsets and Reducing Our Ecological Footprint

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The Western Section of the Wildlife Society is proud to partner with the Great Basin Institute to offset the carbon and ecological footprint of the Reno 2014 Annual Meeting. Over the past several years, the Western Section has collected donations from meeting attendees with the proceeds being used to fund local restoration projects that offset the carbon footprint of the…

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