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Great Basin LCC Funding Opportunity
The Great Basin LCC is excited to announce support for Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) projects for 2014. Approximately $600,000 in funding is available, of which up to $450,000 is available for Science Projects and up to $150,000 is available for TEK Projects.

As a partnership collaborative, the Great Basin LCC encourages applicants to seek matching funds or in-kind from other sources to support proposals that leverage or augment funds made available through this Request for Proposals. Awards under this announcement are intended to support the Great Basin LCC’s mission and goals regarding how climate change and related stressors affect natural and cultural resources within the geography of the Great Basin LCC.

The Great Basin LCC's FY 14 science funding announcement has been posted on grants.gov (search for Opportunity # F14AS00242). The deadline for submissions is: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by 1 p.m. Pacific Time via the Online Proposal Management System.

Click Here for Application Information

Information Webinars
The Great Basin LCC will be hosting two informational webinars to provide background information about the Great Basin LCC and create an open forum for potential applicants to ask procedural questions regarding the RFP and the submission and review process. Applicants with questions regarding specific proposal topic areas, methods or approaches should contact the GBLCC Science Coordinator directly (Todd Hopkins, email todd_hopkins@fws.gov, or call 775 861-6492).
 

Science Projects
Friday, July 11, 2014 
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Register at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/457903407
*Attendees will be provided with dial-in information once registered.

 

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Projects
Friday, July 11, 2014
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Register at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/147711487
*Attendees will be provided with dail-in information once registered.


The Great Basin LCC’s most recent steering committee meeting was held as a webinar on April 29, 2014.

The Steering Committee considered three key topics:

  • Central Basin and Range Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) Opportunities & Challenges Review
    • The Steering Committee supported the REA review timeline and the mapping areas for conservation, restoration and development identified in the REA review.
  • Great Basin LCC Science and Management Priorities
    • The Steering Committee received an update on the progress of the Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (S-TEK) Strategy and will receive a presentation on the S-TEK Strategy in December 2014.
    • The focal areas for the FY 2014 science investments process will be shared with the Steering Committee early summer 2014 via email.
  • Great Basin LCC Capacity Building
    • The Steering Committee supported using funding received from the BLM and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to increase the capacity of the Great Basin LCC and working to increase Great Basin LCC awareness. 

Click here to view the Great Basin LCC April 29th Steering Committee meeting presentation.

Click here for an overview of the meeting and decisions made by the Steering Committee.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held in June 30, 2014.

For more information, contact Linda Kelly, LCC Coordinator at ljkelly@blm.gov


Great Basin LCC Annual Highlights 2013
The latest update highlighting the work of the Great Basin LCC in 2013 is now available. This report provides background on the organizational structure and goals of the Great Basin LCC. In addition, this report summarizes the range of science research projects, funding opportunities as well the collaboration efforts with partners across the region.

Central Basin & Range Rapid Eco-regional Assessment (CBR REA) review underway to inform the Bureau of Land Management’s landscape approach 
The Great Basin LCC is working to compile and report findings from the Central Basin and Range (CBR) Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) review process. Beginning in December, 2013, the REA review team, comprised of experts in their respective fields, provided input on what can be learned from the REA to inform the BLM’s ecoregional direction through several webinars, internal team meetings and an in-person workshop. Initial findings were presented to the Great Basin LCC Steering Committee on April 29. The final report of findings and a presentation to the BLM will be completed this summer.

Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Strategic Plan 
The Great Basin LCC is currently developing a Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (S-TEK) Strategic Plan to establish science priorities for the LCC and guide investments in research over the next five years. This collaborative effort is incorporating the broad expertise of the Great Basin LCC S-TEK Working Group, which has begun its work toward a strategic science plan.

The S-TEK Working Group reviewed the process and initiated work at the kick-off webinar held May 1. The first phase, planned to run through mid-July, focuses on discussing guiding principles and compiling a long list of LCC-wide needs. In a second phase, the Working Group will determine and apply evaluation criteria to narrow this long list, resulting in a short list of priority topics. The third phase of the process, which will run through December, will document these distilled priorities and guiding principles into an S-TEK Strategic Plan. Two in-person workshops and several webinars are planned throughout the process to gather input from the working group at key points. The work is expected to conclude with findings presented to the LCC Steering Committee in December 2014.

The LCC is excited to be starting the process to create a five-year strategic plan which reflects the breadth of geography and resources encompassed by the Great Basin and incorporates Traditional Ecological Knowledge in a meaningful and thoughtful way. If you have questions, comments or input to the process, please contact Great Basin LCC Science Coordinator Todd Hopkins at todd_hopkins@fws.gov or 775-861-6492.

Partner Highlight

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

At the last Steering Committee meeting, Steering Committee member, Whitney Albright,California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), gave an overview of the state’s plans and programs to minimizing the negative effects of climate change on the state’s fish, wildlife, and habitats, such as the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP), California Department of Fish and Wildlife Climate College, and “Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risks” (An update to the 2009 CA Climate Adaptation Strategy).

State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP): The goal of the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is to create a collective vision and ensure consistent conservation actions across agencies. Originally completed in 2005, the State Wildlife Action Plan will be updated in 2015. The plan seeks to highlight species at risk and incorporate climate impacts and adaption strategies.

California Fish and Wildlife Climate College: The Climate College provides a basic foundation of climate change knowledge for all state staff to better incorporate climate considerations into work responsibilities. The courses include monthly lectures with recommendation readings, online forum participation and a final project. In Spring 2014, CDFW will host the second iteration of Climate College, with a focus on the state’s marine resources and featuring tribal perspectives on marine ecosystem management.

Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risks: Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risks, an update to the 2009 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Climate Adaption Strategy, is a policy guiding document for state decision makers. The plan highlights climate risks, accomplishments and recommendations in nine sectors such as species migration, range shifts, food web disruptions, invasive species and extinction risk. The final updated plan is scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.


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Annual Highlights 2013

2013 Annual Highlights Report


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The Great Basin is the largest area of contiguous watersheds in North America and is known for its arid conditions.  It includes a large region in Nevada and parts of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. Urban areas include Salt Lake City, Utah, Reno, Nevada, Boise, Idaho, and parts of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

For more information about the Great Basin LCC, contact us:

Ms. Linda Kelly
Great Basin LCC Coordinator
ljkelly@blm.gov

Dr. Todd Hopkins
Great Basin LCC Science Coordinator
todd_hopkins@fws.gov

Dr. Matt Germino
USGS, Research Ecologist
mgermino@usgs.gov

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