GBI Media Contest May 2021 Submissions

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 favorite moments from April since I have been working on the Dome Fire restoration project with NPS at the Mojave National Preserve. The photo signifies hope and rebirth of a severely burned Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia var. jaegariana) woodland. After having searched for survivors, locating planting sites, and setting up long term monitoring plots we were mostly down in heart to find little survivorship. And alas! We found sparse asexual budding from the base of smaller burned Joshua Trees. This offers us hope to see that all is not lost in this once dense refugia locations of the constricting range of the eastern Joshua trees.”

Congratulations to Nic, and thanks to all who submitted the wodnerful photos below.

 Nick Mendelsohn, AmeriCorps. “Catching a western toad on the first day of wildlife work in Truckee.”

Mackenzie Jones, Research Associate, Assistant Culturist at Eldorado National Forest . “I’m currently working on the King Fire burn scar. Trying to help this area regrow back, so kind of fits the theme!”

Diana Hitchen, Research Associate. “This photo is of blooming Arrowleaf balsamroot, with a juniper tree, ubiquitous sagebrush, and Slide Mountain in the background. (Carson City, NV)”

Katie Kemp, AmeriCorps. “Fire can be as equally cleansing as it is devastating. Here in Sequoia National Forest, the effects of the Castle Fire of last season are still apparent. Working in the forest this field season has shown me how restorative fire can be. Sequoia trees rely on fire for germination. The resin in their bark, as well as the thickness of their hard red wood, prevents fires from spreading quickly to their branches and this way Sequoias can survive even the hottest of fires such as the Castle Fire. But, the resin that encases their pine cones prevents seeding until fires emerge hot enough to melt the resin and open the cones, and burn away underbrush that prevent seeds from reaching the soil. In this way, fire aids these forests in a symbiotic relationship between fire and regrowth.”

Lena Muldoon, Research Associate. “I cleaned and performed conservation on the natural history specimens at the Albright Visitor Center in Yellowstone National Park to get them ready for summer tourists!! I hope this fits with the ‘restoration’ theme, as it pertains to getting ready for the summer season and bringing new life to the specimens! Thanks a bunch and have a great day!”

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