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Field Trip!

Niki Cutler, Hydrologist for BLM-Nevada's Sierra Front Field Office, took local 8th grader Mattie on a field trip as a “youth exposure to Natural Resource/ Hydrology opportunity”. Their field trip took place near the Honey Lake Hydrographic Basin, Flannigan Allotment and East Cottonwood Creek Canyon.

As we drove through the diverse landscape, we talked about the geology and desert terminal river systems. We discussed the relationship sage grouse have with the sage brush ecosystem and why/how they are a key indicator to landscape health. Mattie even saw her first deer in Nevada while we were horseback.  The experience changed her perception of a desolate desert landscape to one full of life and diversity up in the canyon (where you can’t see from the road). 

After our day in the field Mattie said, “I valued the time I got to spend with the horses and figuring out how the plant growth and water supply affected the environment around us. Now I feel like a natural resource career is definitely more of an option for me because I understand the basics of what I would be doing. Thank you very much for taking me!”

-Niki Cutler

Meet Allie Brandt, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist for Bureau of Land Management-Nevada in Winnemucca.

In this photo, Allie is on a mapping project following a 2013 wildland fire.

Q: How long have you been with BLM in Winnemucca? 

A: I have worked for the BLM since 2008. My positions have included: Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ES&R) Technician and ES&R monitoring Coordinator.

Q: What are the 3 best things about your job? 

A: 1) My co-workers. I am fortunate enough to work with some really amazing people.

2) The rapidly changing/evolving field of GIS. I learn something new every day!

3) The opportunity to integrate GIS into other disciplines. I have utilized GIS in projects ranging from cultural surveys to compliance monitoring for the Burning Man event. These experiences have allowed me to learn a great deal about the other fields within the BLM.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the Winnemucca District? 

A: The smell of sagebrush after it rains.

Q: What is an interesting Fun Fact about yourself?

A: I know Lewis Carol’s poem “The Jabberwocky” by heart.