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 Provides Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Conservation Expertise in Louisiana

CEMML Biologists at Fort Polk, Louisiana, are using banding efforts and the installation of artificial nesting cavities to help ensure the survival of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, an endangered species under the U.S. Federal Government’s Endangered Species Act.

January 19, 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

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 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