News and Recent Updates
"The Great Basin: A Landscape Under Fire"
December 9-10, 2013
University of Nevada, Reno
The Great Basin LCC’s most recent steering committee meeting was held in conjunction with the Great Basin Consortium meeting Dec. 9 at the University of Nevada, Reno - Joe Crowley Center. For more information, contact Linda Kelly, LCC Coordinator at email@example.com.
Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA) for Central Great Basin & Range has been released
Central Great Basin & Range REA Challenges & Opportunities Report Work Group will kick off in early December. The Great Basin LCC has been asked to take leadership role in reviewing and developing an Opportunities and Challenges Report that will help identify larger landscape conservation issues and potential solutions that require collaboration across jurisdictions to achieve. The BLM is also looking to the LCC’s work to help serve as a model for future REA Challenges and Opportunities reports. To support this effort the GBLCC acquired a GIS specialist to assist with the REA review.
We have engaged the Great Basin Research and Management Partnerships and the Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit at the University of Nevada, Reno in assisting us with composing and identifying team members. We asked for and identified BLM field level staff to participate on the team. We hired a professional facilitator to carry out the process. In coordination with the BLM Washington office we identified the following theme areas: Hydrologic function, Biotic Integrity, Soil and site stability, Air Quality, Landscape metrics, Priority Habitat, Social and Other and the working group will be divided into teams to review each of these themes and develop recommendations for the report.
Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Strategic Plan
In 2014 Great Basin LCC is developing a Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (STEK) Strategic Plan to establish science priorities for the LCC. This is a collaborative effort incorporating the expertise and input of a Great Basin LCC Science Working Group and several other key Steering Committee members. The STEK Working Group will identify key scientific priorities through a process that will include Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the development of an implementation plan. The plan will set priorities for the next 3-5 years for the LCC. The first step of the STEK Strategic Plan development will be a thorough review and integration of existing science and conservation priorities across the Great Basin to ensure the plan is reflective of the region.
The STEK Working Group will reference existing research and plans focused on scientific priorities and management needs. Many of these documents are already available through the Great Basin Research and Management (GBRMP) Partnership’s Great Basin Bibliography. Any new, relevant documents identified throughout the STEK process will be posted there as well to help bolster the GBRMP’s efforts at sharing data and knowledge in the Great Basin. You can assist by identifying any strategic science plans or synthesis documents with science recommendations on a regional or landscape scale.
If you have staff who would like to participate in the STEK working group, or know of existing science priorities to be considered in the strategic plan, please contact Todd Hopkins, GB LCC Science Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-861-6492.
New National LCC website
A new website has been launched for the LCC Network to share LCC accomplishments and showcase the range of work carried out cross the LCC network. The website is a great resource to keep up to date with funding opportunities, research and events going on in the network. Go to http://www.lccnetwork.org to see more!
Check out the Climate Dashboard
The Great Basin Weather and Climate Dashboard helps stakeholders locate the weather and climate information they need to make decisions related to the current drought in the Great Basin. The Dashboard is a joint effort amongst the Western Regional Climate Center, California and Nevada Applications Program, the USDA Farm Service Agency and the Great Basin LCC.
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These two organizations are helping us with the Rapid Ecological Assessment Review.
Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit GB-CESU
The GB-CESU encompasses the Great Basin region including portions of five states: Nevada, California, Idaho, Oregon and Utah. The CESU is hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno who provides leadership and administrative support for the GB-CESU in conducting a program of research, technical assistance and educational activities in partnership with GB-CESU members.
Great Basin Research and Management Partnership
The GBRMP promotes comprehensive and complementary research and management collaborations to sustain ecosystems, resources and communities across the Great Basin. The specific goals of the GBRMP are to:
Maximize integration of science and management through partnerships and technology transfer.
Provide leadership and commitment to an integrated organizational framework linking science and management to address priority natural-resource and socio-economic issues in the Great Basin.
- Expand and facilitate inter-disciplinary, multi-organizational teams focused on problem solving through collaborative management and research.
- Identify opportunities to leverage resources, minimize duplication, and pursue additional support and resources toward shared goals.
- Implement communication and information sharing that enhances problem solving, demonstrates measurable results, and increases public support for Great Basin sustainability.
Produce measurable and meaningful outcomes in support of its mission and goals.