Military Veteran and Recent CSU Graduate Primed to Continue Work with CEMML

Growing up in Fort Collins, Nate Kettle always knew he wanted to go to Colorado State University. With his military service background, he was immediately drawn to CEMML which allowed him to visualize a future career path after graduation. Throughout his military service, encounters with endangered species and natural areas at training sites sparked his […]

May 12, 2022

CEMML Featured in New Edition of Military Biodiversity Handbook

A new edition of an important handbook for supporting biodiversity on Department of Defense lands is available. “Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands: A Guide for Natural Resource Managers” first appeared in 1996, produced by The Nature Conservancy. In 2008, The Nature Conservancy and NatureServe released an updated edition. Now, a third edition has been completed by CEMML in collaboration with NatureServe.

April 21, 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

Edwards Air Force Base partners with CEMML to tag and track wildlife

On Edwards Air Force Base, little is known regarding bobcat and coyote activities, especially in regions where wildlife zones meet public areas. A team of CEMML wildlife experts aims to change that. By catching the animals and fitting them with temporary GPS collars, the team will be able to track their movements via satellite.

March 2, 2022

Small team, big impact: CEMML joins wildland firefighting in Alaska

In June of 2019, lightning ignited a wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, Alaska, threatening homes and infrastructure. A small group of CEMML wildland firefighter based at nearby Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson joined the response. With their specialized expertise, the JBER module has become a “force multiplier” for the Air Force in Alaska.

February 17, 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

CEMML collects biological data in support of Fort McCoy deer hunt

Every October, Wisconsin holds a nine-day gun deer hunt for people with disabilities. Since 2002, Fort McCoy has participated by holding a two-day hunt the first weekend of the statewide hunt. During the event CEMML staff provided assistance with registration and collected biological data to help with deer herd monitoring.

November 1, 2021

Helping to protect the threatened Mojave Desert Tortoise at Nellis Air Force Base

Every spring, during active tortoise season, a team of CEMML wildlife specialists conducts weekly surveys for signs of tortoise activity on Nellis Air Force Base and the Nevada Test and Training Range. The Air Force utilizes the survey data to minimize potential impacts to the species and plan for conservation opportunities such as habitat restoration.

October 7, 2021

CEMML Partnership at Travis AFB Brings Innovation and Thriving Natural Resources

Through a combination of programs and partnerships with CEMML and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the 60th Civil Engineer Squadrons’ Natural Resource Program is helping to protect threatened and endangered species at Travis AFB. The program maintains and restores ecosystem composition, structure, and function with a special emphasis on rare and endemic species unique […]

June 22, 2021

CEMML supports Fort McCoy’s first prescribed burns of 2021

CEMML staff have joined a large team of personnel from various agencies to complete prescribed burns at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. Prescribed burn initiatives like this one, led by Charles Mentzel, Fort McCoy forester with the Directorate of Public Works (DPW), improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, restore and maintain native plant communities, and […]

March 24, 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