GBI COVID-19 Policy Update

GBI COVID-19 Steps for Positive Cases To maintain The Great Basin Institute’s duty and commitment to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting a process for employees when they have a tested positive for COVID-19. This process is meant to safeguard the health of our employees, AmeriCorps members, […]

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

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 […]

Destination Devils Hole Event Report

The day began with a Jr. Ranger Program at the Point of Rocks picnic area. Ranger Rose led several young children in a lesson about the wildlife that lives in the Mojave Desert – and what they might encounter along the hike. The kids enjoyed listening to some Native American legends and touching the pelts of a bobcat, coyote, jackrabbit, and other native animals.

Stewardship Saturday: Native Planting at Tubb’s Spring

The area around the spring had been farmland prior to the Refuge’s establishment in 1984. After years of lying fallow, it had become overgrown with non-native weeds, particularly Russian knapweed. These weeds provide little value to wildlife and have a tendency to outcompete native plants.

Stewardship Saturday Volunteer Cattail Cutting

Five volunteers from Amargosa Valley and Las Vegas braved the high wind speeds to help cut cattails from Kings Pool outflow. After an orientation to the project by FWS biologist Darrick Weissenfluh, volunteers worked for 2.5 hours, removing cattails with hand clippers along approximately 40 meters of stream channel.

Stewardship Saturday Volunteer Cattail Cutting

While cattails are native to Ash Meadows, historically they were not as abundant as they are today. The reason for their overgrowth in the springs and streams at Ash Meadows is largely due to past habitat alterations – namely, the large-scale farming and ranching that occurred in the 1950s-1970s.