Conservation Detection Dogs Key to Tracking Endangered Bird in Hawaii

The elusive band-rumped storm petrel or ‘ake’ake, a small, endangered sea bird, is a difficult species to track. However, thanks to the help of conservation detection dogs, the Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) Natural Resource staff in Hawaii, in partnership with CEMML, have been successfully identifying the bird’s burrows since 2015.

November 29, 2022

CEMML Key Contributor to CSU Record-Breaking Research Spending

As a long-time provider of natural and cultural resource management services to the federal government, CEMML accounted for over 22% of Colorado State University’s overall research spending in fiscal year 2022.

November 3, 2022

CEMML Archaeologists Discover Lead Balls Dating Back to World War I

CEMML Archaeologists were investigating a site at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin when they came across nearly a dozen small lead balls spread across approximately half of the 1.5-acre site area. The lead balls were likely shrapnel from an artillery projectile fired sometime around World War I.

October 28, 2022

Turning Sunlight Into Sugar – Hawaiian ʻAkoko Trees Do It Differently

CEMML Senior Program Manager, Lena Schnell discusses the unique characteristics of the Hawaiian ʻAkoko tree, a thriving species within the US Army Garrison Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Hawaii’s Big Island. Schnell explains how the tree’s specialized type of photosynthesis makes sugar more efficiently, acting as a food resource for native Hawaiian insects such as yellow-faced bees.

September 27, 2022

Tracking a History of Arrowheads at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin

An article compiled by CEMML and the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch walks through the history of arrow heads found at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin and what they can tell us about the Native American peoples that utilized them.

September 23, 2022

CEMML Historian Helps the Federal Government Preserve the Past

CEMML historic preservation expert, architectural historian, and Colorado native, Alexandra Wallace sat down with CEMML Communications to talk about her fascination with history, her education from Colorado State University, and her 13 years at CEMML helping the federal government preserve the past.

September 19, 2022

CEMML Helps Track History of 112-Year-Old Wood Crate Artifact

Over a century-old wood crate donated to Fort McCoy by the grandson of Maj. Gen. Robert Bruce McCoy, for whom the installation is named after, provides insight into Fort McCoy’s history. CEMML’s Miranda Alexander helped track the crate’s origins and its use.

August 26, 2022

CEMML Archaeologist Discusses Painstaking Work of Archaeology, Finding Artifacts

CEMML Archaeologist, Tyler Olsen spoke with Fort McCoy’s Public Affairs Office about the labor involved in archaeological work. Beyond just the physical part of finding or not finding artifacts, the documenting, researching, cataloguing, and other work related to artifacts can be just as time consuming. He considers it all a labor of love.

August 26, 2022

CEMML Aids in Archaeological Survey Focusing on Era Between World Wars

In July, archaeological team members from CEMML and the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch held a special archaeological survey and dig at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The survey examined areas around old concrete tent pads dating between the time of the first and second world war.

August 26, 2022

CEMML Environmental Assessment Creates Domino Effect of Benefits at Beale AFB

An Environmental Assessment for Non-native and Noxious Plant Species Management, developed by former CEMML biologist Maia Lipschutz, has paved the way for several environmental projects on Beale Air Force base to finally be realized.

August 4, 2022

A Retirement Send-off, CEMML Style

On July 8th, a team of CEMML staff members gathered to celebrate the retirement of Cynthia Melcher and her editing and design contributions. As a send-off reflective of CEMML’s commitment to service, the gathering took place in Colorado’s Phantom Canyon for a day of volunteer trail maintenance hosted by The Nature Conservancy.

July 28, 2022

Webinar Presents New Handbook for Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands

During a recent webinar, CEMML Ecologist and Project Manager, Dave Jones, along with co-contributors Shara Howie and Pat Comer from NatureServe, discussed the latest edition of the handbook, “Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands – A Guide for Natural Resource Managers.”

July 28, 2022