Notes From the Field: Photo-documenting in the Gros Ventre

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On Thursday, September 28, Mike Merigliano and George Gruell met up to visit several photo re-take sites throughout the Gros Ventre to discuss . Mike has embarked on a project to document changes in vegetation structure and species through repeat photography. With the help of Technical Assistance/Cost Share (TAC) grant funding, Mike is re-taking photographs on or near the Bridger Teton National Forest originally re-shot 50 years ago by wildlife biologist, George Gruell. George's original purpose in re-taking his 80+ photos 50 years ago was to aid land managers in their decision making by documenting the changes in the landscape that had occurred since the original photos were taken between the 1890's and early 1900's. Since then, there have been changes in the way land is managed within the Bridger-Teton National Forest, particularly surrounding wildfire management, reduced grazing and timber harvesting. Through Mike's photos, he will demonstrate the changes in vegetation across the landscape ranging from the valley floor to the alpine zone over the past 50 years.