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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

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
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.