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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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GBI Research Associate Gets the Statue Treatment Courtesy of IF/THEN

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GBI Research Associate Samantha Wynns has done some pretty remarkable things while supporting interpretation and environmental education at Cabrillo National Monument. She’s led STEM-based summer camp programs for underserved girls, she’s served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassador, and she’s appeared on an episode of the CBS TV series, Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove. And…

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1.2M Awarded for Fuels Reduction in Central Sierra

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The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has awarded GBI 1.25M to support the Twofer Pilliken Fuels Reduction Project. The collaborative effort reduces fuels and fire threat through mechanical treatments on approximately 1,350 acres within the Crystal Basin Ecological Restoration Project area in the central Sierra region. Project work includes mastication and shrub control as part of the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative, a landscape treatment strategy that seeks to reduce the density of understory fuels to promote healthy stand structure. Project collaborators include USDA Eldorado National Forest, Blue Forest and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Work will be performed under a Master Stewardship agreement between Great Basin Institute and US Forest Service. Estimated to cost $1.45M including matching contributions from USDA Region 5, the Bonneville Foundation, and in-kind partnership contributions. “The support from the Conservancy is a critical funding piece that furthers our collective strategy to improve forest conditions within this high value landscape,” said Dan Smith, US Forest Service project partner. “We have an urgent need to treat this area which receives intense recreational visitation while functioning as a key component to watershed health for the Sacramento Basin.” The Institute is grateful for ongoing support from the Conservancy which continues to provide the needed fiscal resources for the Institute’s stewardship work across the Sierra Nevada range.

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Nevada Conservation Corps Performs Maintenance on the Toiyabe Crest Trail

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In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps and Army Corps of Engineers built the Toiyabe Crest Trail (TCT), which stretches for more than 70 miles through the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, including 35 miles within Arc Dome Wilderness. It has been described as the longest continuously maintained trail in Nevada, but unfortunately, the TCT is notably inaccessible, primarily due to overgrowth…

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GBI Media Contest June 2021 Submissions, Part 3

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Here is the third and final collection of our June media contest entries. Starting things off is the above photo submitted by Research Associate Ross Adams, who describes what’s happening in the image: “Jammin’ on the bear can bongos! Pictured: Guy Hernandez, NPS, gets excited for yellow star-thistle treatment on Woodlot Slope in Yosemite National Park. The invasives crew practices…

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GBI Media Contest June 2021, Part 2

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As previously mentioned, June’s J-themed media contest overwhelmed us, both in quality and volume. And we can’t not share more of these great images from our field personnel, so here’s the second of three galleries of June submissions. The above image is courtesy of Research Associate Alessandra Puig-Santana, who writes, “I am the Spanish Language Social Media GBI for Joshua…

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GBI Media Contest June 2021 Submissions, Part 1

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For this month’s media contest, we kept things simple. The theme was “J”. Yes, just the letter “J”, as in June. As in Jay, Juniper, Joy, and Joshua Tree. And as in Japanese-American, as we see with our winning entry, submitted by AmeriCorps member, Jenna Horiuchi, who submitted photos related to the incarceration of Japanese-Americans from 1942-1945 during WWII, over…

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National Trails Day and GBI

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In 1993, the American Hiking Society started National Trails Day, which has been held on the first Saturday of June every year since. This is a day dedicated to various public events focused on advocacy and service in support of our trails systems, and it brings together many individuals, federal agencies, and local organizations that support responsible and sustainable recreation…

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GBI Media Contest May 2021 Submissions

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As we continue to emerge from what has been a challenging year, this month’s media contest theme, “Regrowth,” seems particularly appropriate. And our submissions capture a hopefulness and rejuvenation that is most welcome. Included in these is our winning contribution, above, courtesy of Research Associate, Nic Anderson. As Nic describes, this perfectly captures the theme: “This was one of my…

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