Updates From the Field

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 Joins The Nevada OHV and State Recreational Trail Programs for Nevada Mapping Collaborative

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65,700 miles of motorized roads and trails, 54 riding areas, and 4,700 miles of non-motorized trails across 40 individual trail systems mapped, annually held off-highway vehicle summits, and community outreach; these are just some of the accomplishments of the Nevada Mapping Collaborative. State Recreation Mapping Coordinator Holly Smith has this to say about the one-of-a-kind project GBI is excited to…

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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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COVID 19 UPDATE 7.20.2020

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This is the policy status update for the week beginning 7/20/2020. For GBI Employees and Volunteers. Policy restrictions continue to increase in response to the rise in positive cases in our region.  As we monitor these changes in policy at the state and county level, please note that our federal CDC guidelines remain essential for maintaining the safety of the…

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NCC and HistoriCorps Preserve Johnson Lake Log Cabins

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If you’d like to see some satisfying before and after pictures of house renovations, look no further! Except these houses are from the early 1900s, and the renovations consist of restoring and preserving them as part of a project on a federally recognized historic landscape.  In 2016 and 2017, Nevada Conservation Corps and HistoriCorps teamed up to help preserve these log cabins at Johnson…

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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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