Presented by SER-NW. For many, environmental health and safety in remote backcountry regions are but an afterthought... until things go haywire. Generally speaking, people often forego issues of health and safety until the worst case scenario presents itself. I must confess that in general, because I have years upon years experience of working and living in the backcountry, that I too did not give these issues the attention they deserved until the proverbial bottom dropped out from under us. That happened in 2011- a year that in terms of remote field experiences shall forever be etched into the deep recesses of my mind. Since that time, I have become very well acquainted with not only the statutes regulating backcountry environmental health and safety, but also how to effectively prepare for the worst. I believe my sage advice shall be of use among the diverse array of professionals conducting backcountry management and research.
David Sabaj Stahl's experiences as a field biologist began in 1983, when he spent four months in the remote wilderness of the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge near Calais, ME. Since then, Dr. Sabaj-Stahl has endured remote field conditions for extended periods in Ontario, British Columbia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, Mexico and Guatemala. Sabaj-Stahl shall draw upon his decades experience afield, his broad knowledge of safe and effective backcountry protocols, as well as those field experiences that were, shall we say, far from ideal.
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