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Joshua Tree and Saguaro National Parks Launch a War of the Sunsets

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GBI personnel are typically a peaceful lot, but several Research Associates working in Joshua Tree National Park proved that provocation is possible. When Saguaro National Park’s social media team touted their park as having “the best sunsets in the world,” the Joshua Tree team took umbrage. A bit of back-and-forth later, Saguaro proposed a sunset-off, and with a robust “YOU’RE…

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Paul Hood, GBI Regional Monitoring Manager, teaches Wyoming AIM training participants the nuances of collecting vegetation cover data

GBI Assists the Bureau of Land Management with AIM Implementation and Training

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Since 2011, GBI has provided key assistance to the Bureau of Land Management’s implementation of the national Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which seeks to create standards in resources data collection that can be shared across jurisdictions and agencies operating in various regions. We are very proud to have been a cornerstone of the AIM strategy since the very…

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NCC and USFS Collaborate to Improve Humboldt-Toiyabe’s Bird Creek Campground

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A Nevada Conservation Corps crew recently completed a series of resource protection and visitor enhancement projects at Bird Creek Campground and within the Current-Ellison Watershed Restoration Project area of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Work included reconstruction of boundary fences around the campground and within the Current-Ellison Watershed Restoration Project area. The crew was able to replace nearly 4000 ft. of the…

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Preserving Cultural Resources and Ensuring Public Safety in Nevada’s Abandoned Mine Lands

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Nevada is riddled with abandoned mines that can prove to be extremely dangerous, and these are the subject of an ongoing effort by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada Division of Minerals (NDOM). Of some 200,000 abandoned mines in the state, it has been estimated that a full quarter (50,000) are potentially hazardous to the public. Mines are…

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GBI’s Work on the Lombard Trail Continues to Reap Benefits for Challis, Idaho

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In 2010, the Great Basin Institute collaborated with the Challis Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to develop the Lombard Trail, connecting Challis, Idaho to Bayhorse Ghost Town, a mining site founded in 1877. The trail was created specifically for recreational use by ATV and side-by-side riders, and has been…

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GBI Supports the Bureau of Reclamation’s Fight Against Invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels

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Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive species that pose a risk to Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs. Although they can cause millions of dollars in structural and environmental damage, researchers have, alas, not yet developed a method of eradicating the species. Consequently, the key to control is early detection of the mussels. Water samples are collected at the reservoirs then sent…

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AmeriCorps Interns Work with USFWS Seeing to the Well-Being and Continuity of the California Condor Population

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Since 2014, GBI AmeriCorps interns have worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex to manage the California Condor Recovery Program in Southern California. This work involves monitoring nests and tracking newly fledged chicks, as well as trap and release activities to assess the health of these majestic but critically endangered birds. California Condors…

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GBI Joins the Fight to Reduce Fire Risks in Idaho

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Wildfire in the Great Basin continues to proliferate, and GBI continues its efforts to reduce risks throughout the region. In Idaho, working alongside the BLM Boise District Office, GBI Research Associates have worked to promote and implement Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) projects. Intense fires destroy native fauna, as well as the seed bank stored in the soil, which provides…

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Textile Conservation Specialist Contributes to Scotty’s Castle Restoration

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GBI recently brought on textile conservation specialist Heather Hodges to conduct some rather specialized work at Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park: research, documentation, examination and treatment of two tapestries and one textile. A red velvet textile hanging with floral cross-stitch embroidered appliques overall, a silk and metallic trim around all edges, and metallic fringe along the bottom edge….

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