Updates From the Field

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Outdoor Escape Rooms in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

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Saturday, September 25 was National Public Lands Day.  For visitor services at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, this would normally mean the hosting of a large cattail removal volunteer event. This year, however, recommended protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19 resulted in the suspension of this event. This also required visitor center staff to think creatively about how to…

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Addressing Deferred Data Management in Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

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The coronavirus pandemic has certainly stifled field operations during this year. However, these circumstances allowed personnel who would normally be out in the field to redirect their attention to deferred data management tasks, which they were able to complete while adhering to necessary social distancing protocols. For example, in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, GBI has been conducting data collection…

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GBI Media Contest September 2020 Submissions, Part 2

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As promised, here’s a second installment of our September media contest submissions. This month’s theme was “still life,” and the winner was Stanislaus-based AmeriCorps archaeology technician, Bianca Anaya, whose second submission graces the top of the page. “This photo was taken during a smoky morning off a prehistoric logging grade,” she explains. “I couldn’t help but find peace in the…

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GBI Media Contest September 2020 Submissions, Part 1

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Another month, another photo contest. And this time around, given the theme “still life”, our field personnel outdid themselves. So much so that we are again splitting our submission gallery into two parts. This month’s winner was AmeriCorps member Bianca Anaya, who is a part of a six-person crew of archaeological technicians working in the Stanislaus National Forest. “This photo…

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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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