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Fundraiser for the Sensitive Wetlands in Prospect Basin

By December 27, 2023No Comments

HELP PROTECT THE SENSITIVE WETLANDS IN PROSPECT BASIN

FUNDRAISING EFFORT LAUNCHED FOR VEGETATION MAPPING TO MONITOR EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Telluride Institute is seeking critical support for a new Western Colorado University MEMs graduate student, Bradley Sowder, as well as related equipment costs, to conduct research in Prospect Basin.

Prospect Basin, located at an elevation of 11,000 feet in the Telluride Ski Resort (TelSki), is home to five unique wetlands called fens.  TelSki implemented significant measures when building ski runs in this area in order to protect the rare ecosystems of the fens, which are particularly high in biodiversity, function as carbon sinks, and help store and filter water high up in the watershed. With such vast benefits, research is crucial to ensure the protection of these sensitive wetlands.

“Vegetation Mapping” is a visionary project that is one of four research initiatives currently being pursued under the “Telluride Environmental Science and Engineering Lab” (TESEL) umbrella. In a nutshell: The objective of the “Vegetation Mapping of the Prospect Basin Fens” project is to perform high-resolution spectral imaging of all five fens in Prospect Basin with the ultimate goal of monitoring changes due to climate change.

For this research to come to fruition, $30,000 total needs to be raised. $10,000 for the next year supporting Bradley’s internship and $20,000 in funding for the necessary equipment (drone-based sensors, associated software, and time in the field). 

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