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News and Recent Updates

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.

The Steering Committee considered three key topics:

  • Central Basin and Range Rapid Eco-regional Assessment (CBR REA) Review
    • The Steering Committee approved the schedule, working group members, and work plan for the REA review and the Challenges and Opportunities Report. 
  • Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (S-TEK) Strategy
    • The Steering Committee identified an S-TEK Working Group Steering Committee lead (Raul Morales, BLM). 
    • The Steering Committee recommended slowing the S-TEK strategy schedule to allow adequate time for full consideration of the region’s needs and to ensure plentiful opportunities for collaborative development of the strategy.
  • Short term science priorities to guide 2014 science investments
    • The Steering Committee suggested the 2014 science funding priorities be framed within the focus of wildfire and invasive species as they relate to sage brush habitat.

Click here for an overview of the meeting and decisions made by the steering committee.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on April 29, 2014.

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


Central Basin & Range Rapid Eco-regional Assessment (CBR REA) review underway to inform the Bureau of Land Management’s landscape approach
The Central Basin and Range Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA) Review Team held the first of two workshops on February 25. Team members representing federal, state and non-governmental organizations with various areas of natural resource and management expertise and geographical regions are working in seven “Theme Teams” of hydrologic function, plant ecology, wildlife, disturbance and development, soil and site stability, landscapes metrics and climate change.

The workshop, held in Reno, allowed Theme Team captains to present on their second phase of findings and collaboratively brainstorm examples of challenges and opportunities within their theme for managing and utilizing resources and identifying data gaps and thresholds in the REA. Theme Teams will next work to organize their initial findings into an outline of the Challenges and Opportunities Report and if applicable, develop polygons to illustrate their findings. Next up is a presentation of proposed findings and recommendations to the Great Basin LCC Steering Committee. GBLCC staff will give a presentation to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in late spring with the final results on behalf of the Central Basin & Range REA Review Team.

LCC Council Meeting
Members of the LCC Council held their first meeting on February 4th and 5th at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Members of the Council representing federal and state agencies, Tribes, Indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations and international partners have a shared commitment to landscape scale conservation and the unique contribution of the LCCs in achieving the shared vision for landscape conservation for current and future generations. Read more about the inaugural meeting here.

Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Strategic Plan 
The Great Basin LCC is developing a Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (STEK) Strategic Plan to establish science priorities for the LCC. This collaborative effort will incorporate the expertise and input of a Great Basin LCC Science Working Group and several other key Steering Committee members. The STEK Working Group are identifying 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 Partnership’s (GBRMP) 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 todd_hopkins@fws.gov or 775-861-6492.

Partners Highlight

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:

  1. Maximize integration of science and management through partnerships and technology transfer.
  2. 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.
  3. Expand and facilitate inter-disciplinary, multi-organizational teams focused on problem solving through collaborative management and research.
  4. Identify opportunities to leverage resources, minimize duplication, and pursue additional support and resources toward shared goals.
  5. Implement communication and information sharing that enhances problem solving, demonstrates measurable results, and increases public support for Great Basin sustainability.
  6. Produce measurable and meaningful outcomes in support of its mission and goals.

Climate Change Vulnerability
Assessment Report

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment 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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