Childhood Passion to the DoD: A Natural Resources Expert Shares CSU Career Progression

CEMML Principal Investigator, Chris Herron, talks about how his passion for the outdoors at an early age inspired him to pursue degrees related to rangeland ecology and forest management from CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. He now leads large-scale environmental management projects for the Department of Defense.

January 22, 2023

CEMML Supports Deer Season Harvest at Fort McCoy

In early December, CEMML staff based at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, provided support to the installation’s wildlife program by helping to organize and facilitate the gun-deer season harvest. The hunt took in 464 deer, exceeding their minimum goal by over 100.

December 8, 2022

Sustaining an Optimal Military Training Environment at Fort Polk, Louisiana

In west-central Louisiana, a group of just 16 people is responsible for maintaining 221,000 acres of military training land. This Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) team, a partnership between Fort Polk and CEMML, provides an optimal training environment to prepare soldiers for deployment.

December 1, 2022

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