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 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

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

CEMML Employee Recognized by CSU for Outstanding Service at Fort McCoy

Julie Steinhoff, a longtime CEMML employee has received one of Colorado State University’s 2022 Outstanding Achievement Awards for her service at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. She is one of six State Classified employees recognized.

April 11, 2022

CEMML Wildland Fire Personnel Aid in Aerial Fire-Suppression Training at Fort McCoy

CEMML personnel, as part of Fort McCoy’s prescribed burn team, joined with the Wisconsin National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment of Madison to complete prescribed-burns and conduct fire-suppression training on the installation’s South Post. Scott Sturkol of Fort McCoy’s Public Affairs Office shares the effort in an article for the La Crosse Tribune.

April 6, 2022

USAG Fort Devens partners with CEMML to create environmentally sustainable ranges

CEMML provides crucial environmental expertise as part of a partnership with the US Army at Fort Devens in Massachusetts. Integrated Training Area Management operations, including the clearing of low-level ground cover and hanging branches, support a healthy biome and ongoing military training and readiness.

February 18, 2022

CEMML Participates in Rare December Prescribed Burn at Fort McCoy

CEMML wildland fire staff recently participated in a prescribed burn at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. While December is late for conducting prescribed burns, which are generally conducted in the spring and fall, the conditions were ideal. Prescribed burns help to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, restore native plant communities, and reduce wildfire potential.

December 10, 2021

Helping the Army Protect Species At Risk on the Big Island

CEMML is helping to sustain populations of rare species that are not federally-protected but are considered Species at Risk (SAR) by the Department of Defense (DoD). Managing SAR is a DoD priority because it can reduce the chances that additional species are listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as Threatened or Endangered. A […]

March 8, 2021

Supporting Environmental decision making in Alaska since 1992

Responsible for over 1.6 million acres of Army-managed land, CEMML helps military leaders at Fort Wainwright make the best environmental decisions for the long-term preservation of the vast natural and cultural resources on their active training lands. The depth and breadth of CEMML’s work at Fort Wainwright requires equally extensive collaborative efforts. In the last […]

September 25, 2020