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Julia Nave worked in collaboration with the Gunnison Climate Working Group for her Master of Environmental Management project at Western State Colorado University. The Working Group is a localized climate adaptation movement implementing planned strategic treatments on the land in order to benefit the Gunnison Sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) and other wildlife under multiple climate scenarios. The group has worked collaboratively to install one-rock dams and other hand-built treatments that help reduce erosion and retain water in ephemeral streams in the sagebrush steppe environment while providing brood-rearing habitat for Gunnison Sage-grouse. The success of these treatments has yet to be evaluated so Julia’s work on the project includes performing descriptive analysis utilizing a robust camera trapping dataset. As a result of the initial analysis, recommendations for future treatments and other monitoring efforts can be determined.
The following are photos from the camera trapping study.