Updates From the Field

Mount Trumbull lithograph and photographic recreation. Photo by Todd Miller.

Recreation of 1882 Mount Trumbull lithograph sheds light on landscape evolution

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A lithograph from Mount Trumbull created during John Wesley Powell’s 1882 expedition provided an unusual adventure for GBI Research Associates. Todd Miller and Julianne Renner, working with the National Park Service, undertook the long, steep hike to the top of Mount Trumbull in order to generate photographic recreations of the lithograph. More than just an exercise in historical reenactment, comparisons…

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Research Associates Support Fire Restoration in Central Washington

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Great Basin Institute continues to support the BLM Washington in monitoring, surveying and supporting fire restoration efforts.  Below is an AP article (8 August 2017) that captures recent fire activity this season Such fire disturbances engage the institute and the BLM in planning efforts to understand impacts to vegetative communities and subsequent attempts to stabilize soil, mitigate erosion, and model…

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Research Associates and Crews Receive Tahoe Fund Grant for Conservation and Outreach

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This summer, GBI crews and Research Associates are fanning out across the Lake Tahoe Basin to support a variety of environmental initiatives.  The Tahoe Fund has provided $50,000 to elevate the long-standing partnership between the institute and the USDA Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.  Crews will provide restoration and trail support while associates conduct wilderness, forestry, archaeological, and recreation monitoring…

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Archaeological Dig at Cave Springs unites BLM, Universities, and Tribal Historians

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As the dust settles on GBI’s Cave Springs excavation block project, the careful and exacting work begins for the categorization of prehistory findings rendered at the heart of the Great Basin.  Collaborating with the Bureau of Land Management, Battle Mountain District, University of Nevada, Reno, University of California, Davis, California State University, Sacramento, and the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, principal investigators…

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Aquatic and Remote Sensing Monitoring Launches in Idaho and Wyoming

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For the 2017 field season the institute is pleased to announce new partnerships with the Utah State University and the BLM National Operating Center. As the Bureau addresses sage grouse habitat and the effectiveness of fuels treatment, GBI field crews will be collecting data on aquatic systems as well as resiliency and response to Pinyon Juniper removal.  Utilizing AIM lotic protocols,…

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