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COVID-19: A Message from Our Executive Director

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Below find a message from GBI’s executive director, Jerry Keir, sent to GBI staff in anticipation of the forthcoming field season and the ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic. Good morning, Team GBI, Linked here is a succinct summation by the NY Times re. the Covid 19 crisis and trend. As we deploy our seasonal workforce, please remain vigilant with mitigation measures.  While…

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GBI Media Contest February 2021 Submissions

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The theme for February’s media contest was “friendship.” And around here, well, that seems to often mean dogs. Among those featured here is Cassie, brought to us by contest winner and Research Associate, Brianna Herner. Brianna explains that this was taken in her backyard in Littleton, Colorado, where almost a foot of snow had fallen. “My dog Cassie is obsessed with the…

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Great Basin Institute initiates NEPA study of the Giant Sequoia National Monument’s Castle Fire

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Great Basin Institute has entered into a Cooperative Agreement with USDA Forest Service to provide National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) support services for restoration efforts following the Castle Fire.  The fire burned hundreds of giant sequoia trees on western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and burned through nearly twenty giant sequoia groves in the Alder Creek Grove area last summer….

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Great Basin Institute Equity Statement

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As part of the Institute’s mission, our organization has sought positive environmental change through community engagement.  We understand the sustainability of the natural world is dependent upon those who rely upon its resources, and that our work is inextricably connected to racial equity and social justice.  We will realize a better tomorrow through our steadfast commitment to diversity, equity and…

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GBI Media Contest January 2021 Submissions

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The theme for January’s media contest was “New Year In Motion,” so naturally, we received a few more video submissions than usual, including the rapid-action winner sent to us by Research Associate, Gabe Watts. Gabe describes what’s going on in the video: “Here is a time lapse video of a volunteer and me in Zion National Park’s greenhouse cleaning Palmers…

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Fielding an All-Woman NCC Crew with Support from the National Park Foundation

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In September, the National Park Foundation announced an investment of more than $3.7 million in service corps programs across the country, an increase from $3.5 million in 2019. The Foundation partnered with the National Park Service and more than thirty partner organizations to support a diverse network of service corps crews. Among these is an all-woman Nevada Conservation Corps resource…

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GBI Media Contest December 2020 Submissions

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Appropriately, December’s media contest theme was “Winter Wonderland.” Unsurprisingly, GBI personnel came through once again with some wonderful images, no doubt aided and abetted by the gorgeous landscapes in which they work. This month’s winner is Kayla Hubbard, a GBI Research Associate working as an Environmental Engineering Intern with the National Park Service. “My office is in Lakewood, CO, though…

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Outdoor Escape Rooms in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

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Saturday, September 25 was National Public Lands Day.  For visitor services at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, this would normally mean the hosting of a large cattail removal volunteer event. This year, however, recommended protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19 resulted in the suspension of this event. This also required visitor center staff to think creatively about how to…

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