CEMML Aids Army in Monitoring Threat to Native Trees in Hawaii

CEMML staff members Pamela Sullivan and Jason Dzurisin, members of Pōhakuloa Training Area’s Natural Resources Program, conducted aerial surveys in January 2023 to monitor for Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), a new fungal disease that is a threat to native tree populations in Hawaii.

April 18, 2023

Ph.D. Candidate Visits CEMML Endangered Species Staff at Fort Polk

Ohio State University Ph.D. candidate Emily Rabung, recently met with CEMML endangered species staff Chris Melder, Matt Christiansen, Amy Brennan, and Andrhea Massey. They discussed conservation efforts on Fort Polk with the red-cockaded woodpecker and the Louisiana pine snake.

March 27, 2023

CEMML Early-career Development Program Offers Experience in Managing Military Lands

The CEMML Early-career Development Program gives college students and recent graduates opportunities to work at military installations on natural and cultural resource projects. As seasonal technicians, participants learn new skills, receive mentorship, make career-aiding connections, all while getting paid doing it.

March 23, 2023

A Life-long Love of Plants: CEMML Botanist Retires After Three Decades at CSU

Nancy Hastings’ love for plants and spending time in the outdoors led her to Colorado State University in 1989 to pursue a graduate degree in Range Science. After graduating, she would spend the next 34 years as a botanist with the university’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML), helping military installations across the U.S. and overseas manage their natural resources.

February 22, 2023

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

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

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

Two-time CSU Alumnus Selected as New Dean of the Warner College

CEMML is excited to welcome Dr. A. Alonso Aquirre as the new dean of Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources. As a service, education, and research unit of the Warner College, CEMML looks forward to continuing its work under Dr. Aquirre’s leadership and the extensive experience and collaborative spirit he brings to environmental work.

May 25, 2022

How Loud is Too Loud? Investigating How Noise Affects Birds

Over the last few years, three CEMML biologist, part of the natural resource team on Travis Air Force Base, set out to determine how manmade noise affects nesting birds of prey, like owls, hawks, and eagles. COVID-19 provided an opportunity to record and compare the differences in both ambient noise and raptor nesting activity on base, during and after the pandemic.

May 23, 2022