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two students with newly installed weather station tower

Osborn weather station

2010 to 2011
Faculty: Farid Farahmand, Mohammed Haider
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry, Department of Engineering, Department of Geography

Unused sensors were donated by the Geography Department to the Center to serve as the basis for a new weather station at the Osborn Preserve. Two Engineering Science students took on the challenge of constructing a long-term weather station as their capstone project. Project goals included transmitting data wirelessly to the base station, easy to read LabView interface, robust and reliable outdoor system, self-sufficient power, data storage for extended periods of time, compliance with EPA standards for climate measurements, and long system lifespan.

Cows Grazing

Weed Management Planning at the Osborn Preserve

2011
Faculty: Caroline Christian
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

Maintaining natural processes on 4,200 acres of wildlands at our preserves requires a careful assessment of risks, opportunities and resources.

Fred Galbreath

Land use changes at the Galbreath Preserve

2011 to present
Faculty: Steve Estes
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

This oral history project gathers information about land use changes affecting the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve.

Spotted Owl

Galbreath Special Status Species Assessment

2010 to 2011
Faculty: Nathan Rank, Derek Girman, Rich Whitkus, Matt Clark
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

Special status species are species listed with some level of protection by non-governmental organizations or state or federal agencies. A team of students and Preserve staff mapped potential habitat for 110 special status plants and animals on the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve. 

Main Road

Sediment prevention in salmon-bearing streams

2011 to 2014
Faculty:
Partners: Mendocino County Resource Conservation District

Road related sediments are a non-point source pollutant detrimental to Coho salmon and steelhead trout. With $700,000 in funding from the EPA, the Center collaborated with the Mendocino Resource Conservation District to undertake road work and riparian restoration to reduce sedimentation in the Rancheria Creek Watershed.

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