Right Whale Paper Published
A paper by GMI marine scientists Amy Whitt, Kathleen Dudzinski, and Jennifer Laliberté has been published in the journal Endangered Species Research. The authors summarize right whale sightings and acoustic data collected from the first year-round study dedicated to marine mammals in New Jersey’s nearshore waters.
Cultural Resources TxDOT Win
The Cultural Resources group of the GMI Environmental Services Division was awarded an Archeological General Services contract by the Texas Department of Transportation in February. One of four awardees, GMI will be involved in archeological survey, test excavations for National Register eligibility determinations, and data recovery projects across the state of Texas.
Biological Inventory Study for Melrose AFR
GMI wildlife biologists, in conjunction with Cannon AFB and Melrose AFR, initiated surveys for a Biological Inventory Study of a 10,968 acre area of land gifted to Melrose AFR by the state of New Mexico.
GMI to Support Fishermen's Energy with Environmental Impact Efforts
As part of the Energy Department's broader efforts to launch an offshore wind industry in the United States, GMI will support the Fishermen's Energy team with R&D for the advancement of traditional thermal and video imaging systems related to the assessment of nocturnal animal (bird, bat) occurrence, strikes and behavior around offshore wind turbines.
GMI Researchers Contribute to Texas Archaeological Literature
Nancy Kenmotsu is a co-editor and author of a new book published by Texas A&M University Press: The Toyah Phase of Central Texas: Late Prehistoric Economic and Social Processes. The volume is about the hunter-gatherers living in central Texas from AD 1300 – 1700.
Estabrook Heads Cultural Resources Dept.
Following 20+ years working as a Project/Program Manager for several of the largest cultural resources firms in Florida, Rich Estabrook has joined GMI as Cultural Resources Program Manager in the Plano corporate office.
Historic architectural and cultural landscape surveys consist of the inventory, documentation, and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) evaluation for buildings, structures, and landscape features. Surveys are conducted for maintaining compliance with Section 110 or Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Surveys may also be an important first step for NRHP nominations, National Historic Landmark nominations, and mitigation.
Mitigation for NRHP-eligible properties that stand to be adversely impacted can take several forms. One of the most common mitigation measures is the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering (HAER), or Historic American Landscape Surveys (HALS) documentation at Levels I, II, or III. Historic properties are carefully documented with measured drawings (for Level I), large-format black and white photography (for all levels) and historic narrative (for all levels). Other forms of mitigation include in-depth historic contexts, photo documentation, popular books for a general audience, museum exhibits, documentary film/videos, brochures, oral history interviews, and interpretive signage.
Documentation and preservation of buildings, structures, and landscapes are vital to protecting our nation’s cultural heritage, but in today’s world, there is an important “next step” to ensure their future. That next step is sustainability—making efforts to reduce the amount of energy expended by a building or structure. In doing so, we not only promote energy conservation, but extend the life of those properties that are valuable to understanding our past.
GMI’s staff includes LEED certified architectural historians, historical architects, historians, cultural resources specialists, and energy auditors with extensive experience in surveys and evaluations, landscape studies, mitigation, sustainability recommendations, and public outreach. GMI is a recognized leader in cultural resources studies involving military, agricultural, and urban properties. Areas of expertise include:
- Cold War-era evaluations
- Military architectural and landscape studies
- Rural, irrigation, and urban architectural and landscape studies
- Sustainability recommendations
- HABS/HAER/HALS documentation
- Potential impacts to historic properties
- Museum exhibits, popular books, films/videos, brochures, and interpretive signage
- Oral history interviews
- In-depth historic contexts
- Archival research
- NRHP nominations
|Avon Park AFR, FL||Dyess AFB, TX||Nellis AFB, NE|
|Barksdale AFB, LA||Ellsworth AFB, SD||Offut AFB, NE|
|Beale AFB, CA||Holloman AFB, NM||Seymour Johnson AFB, NC|
|Cannon AFB, NM||Minot AFB, ND||Shaw AFB, SC|
|Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ||Mountain Home AFB, ID||Whiteman AFB, MO|
Database inventories and evaluations were conducted of buildings, structures, sites, and objects built or used during the Cold War era (1946-1991) which may be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places at 15 ACC bases across the country. Approximately 5,500 buildings were evaluated. Real property records and original drawings were pulled and each building was photographed so that their integrity could be assessed and a recommendation could be made regarding NRHP eligibility. Databases were also assembled for each installation.