Updates From the Field

Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Clearer water means high quality water, right? Well, not necessarily. Take Lake Mead as an example, where clearing water is actually evidence of the impact of the quagga mussel. This mollusk was introduced to the Great Lakes from Ukraine in the 1980s and was first discovered in Lake Mead in 2007, and as an invasive species, its impact in considerable….

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GBI Photo Contest June 2019 Submissions

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GBI’s field personnel continue to dazzle us with their photographs. Here we present just a few of many submissions to our monthly photo contest, including June’s winning image, above. This one was taken by Wade Plafcan, an ecological monitoring crew lead working alongside the Bureau of Land Management in Moab, Utah. Castleton Tower can be seen in the background of…

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With GBI Assistance, Red Rock Canyon Braces for Record Crowds

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Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area (NCA) in 1990. This NCA is a popular tourist area, as well as a recreation destination for locals. Visitors use the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for hiking, road biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. But as pointed out in a recent article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal,…

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GBI Launches Photo Contest for Field Personnel

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Our field personnel frequently work in some stunning landscapes, unique with fauna, flora, climates and geological formations. In the interest of capturing these settings and the work being done, GBI recently started a photo/media contest for our people in the field. The first contest winner is Kristen Smith, whose photo graces the top of this page. Coordinating the contest is…

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GBI and BLM Perform Water and Riparian Enhancements on Public Lands

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In 2016, GBI entered into a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management to assist with the monitoring of greater sage grouse populations and restoration of their habitat throughout northern California. Of course, in addressing the needs of one species, one necessarily looks at the entirety of an ecosystem and the well-being of all flora and fauna therein. This…

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Great Basin Institute, UNR Win 4.9M Forest Research and Restoration Grant

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The Great Basin Institute, in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNR) was recently awarded a 4.9 million grant to support forestry research and ecological restoration on the Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. Funded by the State of California, the project improves forest health and wildlife habitat by reducing fuels from drought- and beetle-impacted trees on the Hume…

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Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber Reopens

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During the average school year, Taylor Creek Visitor Center hosts over 150 students per day to connect classroom curriculum with direct experience with the local aquatic life. One of the highlights of the experience is the Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber. When the glass of this underwater viewing chamber broke during routine cleaning last season, staff worried that this educational…

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Creating Wayside Exhibits in Mojave National Preserve

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Anyone who has spent significant time in our national parks is familiar with the sight of wayside exhibits, signs that provide background and information about the natural and cultural surroundings. These panels can enhance visitors’ experience in our natural lands by identifying local flora and fauna, explaining geographical formations, and tracing historical events. While we may appreciate the service these…

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