Monuments and flags at Whiteman Air Force Base.
In collaboration with a number of project stakeholders, five Universities, and the USACE, CIRE is excited to assist in the project coordination for the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB) Snowpack and Soil Moisture Monitoring Mesonet Network. This project, spanning Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, and the Dakotas, is designed to retrofit and install new snowpack and soil moisture monitoring stations throughout the UMRB. Each state has a Mesonet represented by a State University, like the University of Montana, and CIRE has been tasked to coordinate deliverables, milestones, data, and general project goals amongst the stakeholders and Mesonets. See more on the project at: https://bit.ly/3kJnRD8.
CIRE, in partnership with various entities around the US, has spent the last 4 years completing invasive species management projects in an increasingly large variety of scenarios. From swamps to grasslands, CIRE has been applying successful treatments for the DoD throughout the CONUS.
CIRE has partnered with the University of Montana's Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) and the Wildlife Biology department to form a natural resource survey team that will be working on flora and fauna surveys at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia and Andrews AFB in Maryland over the next year. The teams will be surveying for rare and endangered species while on-site. Locations included that are outside the base proper will be: Big Bethel Resevoir, Davidsonville, and Brandywine. If you're interested in these types of surveys, please contact the CIRE Office.
CIRE's Wildland Fire Support Module at Beale AFB in California continues to expand its team. Over the last year, the Beale WSM has received numerous awards from the Air Force Wildland Fire Branch in addition to the module leader, Tony Velasquez, receiving high accomodations from the State of California, base leadership at Travis and Beale Air Force Bases, and local partners like the Marysville Fire District. Jose Jimenez, one of CIRE's Fire Operations Technicians, also received high praise and a superior performer award this year. The WSM's efforts to integrate with the FES teams, environmental teams, and local fire districts have paved the way for a very successful year at Beale AFB! Go Griz!!