Updates From the Field

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New Upgrades, Partnerships, and Volunteer Opportunities at Tallac Historic Site and Taylor Creek Visitor Center

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While the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caldor Fire, and other factors limited operations at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Tallac Historic Site in 2021, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) and partners made notable progress toward improving public outreach and developing shared stewardship strategies. “As visitors return to these cherished shoreline sites in 2022, they will…

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1.2M Awarded for Fuels Reduction in Central Sierra

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The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has awarded GBI 1.25M to support the Twofer Pilliken Fuels Reduction Project. The collaborative effort reduces fuels and fire threat through mechanical treatments on approximately 1,350 acres within the Crystal Basin Ecological Restoration Project area in the central Sierra region. Project work includes mastication and shrub control as part of the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative, a landscape treatment strategy that seeks to reduce the density of understory fuels to promote healthy stand structure. Project collaborators include USDA Eldorado National Forest, Blue Forest and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Work will be performed under a Master Stewardship agreement between Great Basin Institute and US Forest Service. Estimated to cost $1.45M including matching contributions from USDA Region 5, the Bonneville Foundation, and in-kind partnership contributions. “The support from the Conservancy is a critical funding piece that furthers our collective strategy to improve forest conditions within this high value landscape,” said Dan Smith, US Forest Service project partner. “We have an urgent need to treat this area which receives intense recreational visitation while functioning as a key component to watershed health for the Sacramento Basin.” The Institute is grateful for ongoing support from the Conservancy which continues to provide the needed fiscal resources for the Institute’s stewardship work across the Sierra Nevada range.

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COVID 19 UPDATE 7.20.2020

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This is the policy status update for the week beginning 7/20/2020. For GBI Employees and Volunteers. Policy restrictions continue to increase in response to the rise in positive cases in our region.  As we monitor these changes in policy at the state and county level, please note that our federal CDC guidelines remain essential for maintaining the safety of the…

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Research Associate botany program takes root in Wyoming

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GBI boots hit the ground in the southern reaches of Wyoming for our first season in the “Cowboy State.” GBI has supported botany programs for the BLM in California, Idaho and Nevada, and now has responded to the state office in Wyoming to support the implementation of “Seeds of Success,” a national strategy to preserve and protect native plant species….

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GBI supports BLM outreach at Burning Man Festival, highlighting safety

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GBI returned to the Black Rock Desert this summer, for a second year, to support the BLM’s efforts to provide educational information to the estimated 52,000 festival attendees. Situated next to Center Camp, the interpretative team invited participants to learn more about the BLM’s mission, activities, and policies.  Reproductions of the newly developed interpretive panels displayed at the Visitor Center…

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