Updates From the Field

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Targeting Firearm Conservation in Death Valley

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There are kinds of work that GBI is well known for performing: invasive species control, wildlife monitoring, trails restoration, fuels reduction, travel management, and the like. But every once in a while, our partnerships will take us in some unexpected directions. This is perhaps nowhere more true than at Scotty’s Castle, a villa in Death Valley National Park that dates…

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GBI and the Nevada Department of Wildlife Collaborate to Support Silver State Habitats

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In addition to the work that we do with federal agencies, GBI takes pride in our collaborations with state and local organizations and agencies. Particularly, we have a strong relationship with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), one that has so far lasted some eighteen years. Sara Violett, GBI & NDOW Survey Crew Supervisor, provides the following overview of our…

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Journaling in Parashant and Mojave, Part 3

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Here is the third and final installment of our series presenting vegetation technician, Justin Chappelle’s journals, which offer a wonderful personal view of GBI field work. Part One can be found HERE. Part Two can be found HERE. Parashant National Monument: IU Protocol- First Impact 5/14-21/2018 Our first trip was to explore the central region of Parashant National Monument in…

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Journaling in Parashant and Mojave, Part 2

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GBI presents the second in a three-part series drawn from the on-the-ground journal of vegetation technician, Justin Chappelle. This installment has a particular focus on the Bat Blitz at Joshua Tree National Park. For part one, click HERE. Justin Chappelle’s Journal 4/26/2018: Mojave National Preserve I decided to work longer hours the previous and present week, so I could take…

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Journaling in Parashant and Mojave, Part 1

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In order to ensure regulation compliance, keep our partners informed, and document GBI’s accomplishments, all of our personnel in the field are required to file detailed written reports. This is our typical routine, but one of our Research Associates took this task to the next level, providing an on-the-ground journal of his experiences. In this journal, which we will be…

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Joshua Tree and Saguaro National Parks Launch a War of the Sunsets

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GBI personnel are typically a peaceful lot, but several Research Associates working in Joshua Tree National Park proved that provocation is possible. When Saguaro National Park’s social media team touted their park as having “the best sunsets in the world,” the Joshua Tree team took umbrage. A bit of back-and-forth later, Saguaro proposed a sunset-off, and with a robust “YOU’RE…

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Paul Hood, GBI Regional Monitoring Manager, teaches Wyoming AIM training participants the nuances of collecting vegetation cover data

GBI Assists the Bureau of Land Management with AIM Implementation and Training

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Since 2011, GBI has provided key assistance to the Bureau of Land Management’s implementation of the national Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which seeks to create standards in resources data collection that can be shared across jurisdictions and agencies operating in various regions. We are very proud to have been a cornerstone of the AIM strategy since the very…

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NCC and USFS Collaborate to Improve Humboldt-Toiyabe’s Bird Creek Campground

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A Nevada Conservation Corps crew recently completed a series of resource protection and visitor enhancement projects at Bird Creek Campground and within the Current-Ellison Watershed Restoration Project area of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Work included reconstruction of boundary fences around the campground and within the Current-Ellison Watershed Restoration Project area. The crew was able to replace nearly 4000 ft. of the…

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Preserving Cultural Resources and Ensuring Public Safety in Nevada’s Abandoned Mine Lands

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Nevada is riddled with abandoned mines that can prove to be extremely dangerous, and these are the subject of an ongoing effort by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada Division of Minerals (NDOM). Of some 200,000 abandoned mines in the state, it has been estimated that a full quarter (50,000) are potentially hazardous to the public. Mines are…

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GBI’s Work on the Lombard Trail Continues to Reap Benefits for Challis, Idaho

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In 2010, the Great Basin Institute collaborated with the Challis Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to develop the Lombard Trail, connecting Challis, Idaho to Bayhorse Ghost Town, a mining site founded in 1877. The trail was created specifically for recreational use by ATV and side-by-side riders, and has been…

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