RMBL Billy Barr in SKI Magazine
Congratulations to Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic for the article in SKI Magazine on Billy Barr and RMBL.
Billy Barr has ben living in the town of Gothic for 44 years. What is remarkable is once the snow flies and the road closes he is living in Gothic pretty isolated – for 44 Winters…
I have nordic skied to Gothic and back many times – and it is a trek. Not for the faint of heart…
About 5 Miles from my home in Mt. Crested Butte is the townsite of Gothic Colorado. Gothic was originally a silver mining town and in the late 1800’s it had a population of approximately 1,000 people, and Gothic had it’s own U.S. Post Office between 1879 and 1896. In 1880 President Ulysses S. Grant even visited the town. In its heyday there were around 200 buildings, including multiple saloons and brothels… When the Silver quit – the p
Dr. John Johnson, first visited the abandoned mining town of Gothic, Colorado on July 14, 1919. Recognizing the rich diversity of the local ecosystems, he began bringing students to study amid Gothic’s ruins. Since 1928, when RMBL was officially founded, thousands of students and scientists have followed in Dr. Johnson’s footsteps, making the ecosystems around Gothic some of the most intensively studied in the world and making RMBL an internationally renowned center for scientific research and education.
Home to one of the largest annual migrations of field biologists, RMBL provides logistical support for scientists and students, including access to living quarters, research laboratories, and protected research sites. RMBL focuses on the importance of preserving and providing access to historical data about the local ecosystems. As scientists address ever more sophisticated questions about a dynamic world, RMBL is a vital resource for discovering nature’s fundamental ecological and evolutionary processes.
Since 1928, more than 9,000 people have studied, worked, lived and conducted research at RMBL on important topics such as pollination, changing climate and high-altitude ecosystems. RMBL scientists have created long-term data sets from their many summers of research in Gothic.
For more information on the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, call them at (970) 349-7231, and click RMBL
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