Updates From the Field

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Photo of designated OHV trail in Nevada.

Developing Off-Highway Vehicle Program Story Maps for Nevada

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In our August 17th Field Update, we told you a bit about the Nevada Mapping Collaborative, which began in 2018 with a grant from the Nevada Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program and the State Recreational Trails Program (RTP) to The Great Basin Institute. In this update, we present some of the tangible results of this collaboration, particularly in the form of…

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Greenhouse Operations and Plant Propagation in Zion National Park

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In Zion National Park, GBI has been providing assistance with greenhouse operations and plant propagation. This work has involved seed cleaning, seed stratification, pest control, and potting up, all in the interest of producing populations of key grasses, forbs, and shrubs that can be used for post-construction planting along the Kolob Canyon Road. This past winter, the greenhouse team’s efforts…

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GBI Media Contest July 2020 Submissions

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The resumption of field activities has, of course, resulted in greater opportunities for our personnel to photographically document their work and environs. And as a result, the submissions to July’s media contest made choosing a winner a daunting task indeed. This month’s winner is Trish Austin, NCC crew member, who was moved by the patriotic spirit of the month to…

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GBI Media Contest June 2020 Submissions

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GBI has started cautiously redeploying field personnel, which means submissions to our monthly media contest will continue to roll in. Our June entries have been delightful, including images of smiling faces, blossoming flowers, vivid landscapes, and the magical “The Road to Yosemite,” this month’s winner (above), submitted by AmeriCorps member, Aaron Richards. Our thanks to Aaron and all who submitted…

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GBI Media Contest May 2020 Submissions

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The parks have been closed, but the wild things are stirring. And so too are select GBI personnel, who have been continuing work as best they can. Although field operations were limited throughout May, work exceptions were granted to some of our people to perform crucial labor. And this resulted in the terrific images you see below. These include this…

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Black Lives Matter and Social Justice: Three Statements

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From the Great Basin Institute: The Great Basin Institute supports the Black community regarding ongoing protests against injustice and systemic racism. GBI stands in solidarity with other natural resource groups that have spoken out on this issue and, more importantly, we stand with Black people that have worked with us past, present, and future. It is their basic right to…

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Working in the Age of Coronavirus

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a seismic shift in the way many of us go about our daily activities and engage with our work environment. For GBI, the coronavirus outbreak resulted in a suspension of most field activities and an increase in work-from-home. In order to provide a good picture of how various operations have been affected by the pandemic,…

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Maps & Signs: Public Outreach in Cody Wyoming

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In early 2018, GBI entered into an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management to support the Wyoming State Office in promoting public outreach and wilderness education. Recent work on this agreement has yielded a number of tangible products, including interpretive signs and trail maps for the Cody, WY field office, which encompasses and manages 1.1 million surface acres in…

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