Updates From the Field

GBI Media Contest December 2021 Submissions

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Our monthly media contest provided us with a strong finish to what has again been a challenging year. And we’re particularly pleased to present the unbridled good cheer evident in the winning entry pictured above. This was submitted by Research Associate Rebecca Finnigan, serving as Compliance Archivist at Zion National Park. Here’s what she has to say about this photo:…

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Policy Update: Updated 12.23.2021

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This is the policy status update for December 23, 2021. As of December 21, 2021, GBI now requires booster shots to maintain Fully Vaccinated status. All GBI employees are expected to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 16, 2022. All individuals are eligible to receive booster shots six months after the second dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and two months…

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GBI Media Contest November 2021 Submissions

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If you fear heights, you might not have guessed from AmeriCorps member Sierra Martin’s winning photo above that the theme of November’s media contest was “gratefulness”. Sierra, who works as a California Condor Monitoring Technician with The Peregrine Fund, however, expresses her appreciation of the experience well: “I am so thankful to be working with these amazing birds in this…

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GBI Research Associate Presents an Oral History Project on the History of Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park

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One of the things we love most is hearing about exciting and fulfilling activities directly from our field personnel. So we’re delighted to bring you this story and these images from Emilio Triguero, who has been working with the GBI Research Associate Program as an Anthropology Technician in Joshua Tree National Park. “I have been working on the Joshua Tree…

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GBI Media Contest October 2021 Submissions

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We went with a simple theme for the October media contest: Fall. The season certainly brought out the beautiful autumnal colors captured in the images below. And, of course, given the build up to Halloween, we received a few holiday-specific submissions, including our winner above. This photo was submitted by Research Associate, David Fleshman, who is serving alongside the BLM…

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New Upgrades, Partnerships, and Volunteer Opportunities at Tallac Historic Site and Taylor Creek Visitor Center

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While the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caldor Fire, and other factors limited operations at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Tallac Historic Site in 2021, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) and partners made notable progress toward improving public outreach and developing shared stewardship strategies. “As visitors return to these cherished shoreline sites in 2022, they will…

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GBI Receives $160,000 for Nation’s First Recreation Trail Building School

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Vince LaPlante, GBI’s Trail and Restoration Operations Coordinator, once noted that, “the majority of folks that use trails would rather not even think about the labor or design that went into their maintenance or construction, but rather see trails as a mindless means of conveyance.” But, indeed, there’s much thought and expertise that goes into designing a trail that works…

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GBI Media Contest September 2021 Submissions

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For September’s media contest, our field personnel were challenged with the theme “Still Life Photography.” Unsurprisingly, they came through once again with some stunning images. Alissa Gardner, one of GBI’s Research Associate Program Coordinators (and the person who runs these wonderful contests) is right when she says, “we’ve got some artists out there.” The winner of the contest, topping this…

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Adaptive Strategies in the Face of California Wildfires

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you know that this has been a volatile wildfire season, especially in California’s Region 5 forests. GBI has crews located in our national forests throughout the state, and these fires have certainly forced our crews and GBI management to engage in adapted measures, including cessation of field work and relocation of personnel….

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GBI Media Contest August 2021 Submissions

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The theme of the August media contest was “Awareness.” Working so directly with the land and its resources, our field personnel are certainly well aware of what they have to offer, as well as the impact that humans can have on those resources. The images here certainly demonstrate this. Our winner, Research Associate Jeremy Gilbertson, submitted the above picture, showing…

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