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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

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 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

CEMML Team Helps Military Conserve Rare Species on Hawaii’s Big Island

A team of CEMML wildlife and plant specialists are working to support both the training mission and complex conservation issues at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), a key military training facility on Hawaii’s Big Island. Spanning 132,000 acres, PTA contains one of the planet’s rarest habitats – a tropical, sub-alpine, dryland ecosystem with more than two dozen threatened and endangered species.

July 15, 2022

CEMML Biologists Battle Invasive Species on Guam

As part of a Navy-funded Guam Biosecurity Project, a team of CEMML biosecurity experts is supporting the U.S. Navy and Joint Region Marianas to ensure that no other damaging animal or plant species get a foothold on Guam or elsewhere in the Mariana Islands. CEMML is utilizing a variety of methods, old and new, to prevent the movement of species between islands.

July 14, 2022

Charcoal Discovered by CEMML Archaeologists at Fort McCoy Dates Back Nearly 1,500 Years

The process of determining the age of artifacts buried in the earth is not an exact science. However, following the discovery of charcoal samples by CEMML archeologists at an excavation site at Fort McCoy in the summer of 2021, radiocarbon dating helped estimate that the samples belonged to the Middle Woodland Period, roughly 1,500 years ago.

July 7, 2022

Coexisting with Carnivores: CEMML Helps Edwards Air Force Base Manage Human-Wildlife Balance

A CEMML team of wildlife experts at Edwards Air Force Base in California is trapping coyotes and bobcats and fitting them with GPS collars to better understand their movements and monitor changes in their population. The project also aims to educate base residents on the animals’ behavior and the important role these and other carnivores play in helping to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

June 28, 2022

Seeking Participants to Preserve History of Naval Reactors

The Naval Reactors Facility Oral History Project is inviting those who worked or trained on one or more prototype reactors at the Naval Reactors Facility in Idaho to share their stories. In-person oral history events will be held this July and August, 2022.

June 26, 2022