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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.

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Information Webinars
The Great Basin LCC held 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. Recordings of these webinars and the presentations can be found below.

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

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Projects

 FY 2014 Funding Announcement for Traditional Ecological Knowledge Projects YouTube video
YouTube video


The Great Basin LCC’s most recent steering committee meeting was held as a webinar on June 30, 2014.

The Steering Committee considered four key topics:

  • The Steering Committee heard an update from Dr. Elsa Haubold, National LCC Coordinator on network activities including the assessment of the LCC Network, the LCC Council, network science prioritization, strategic planning, and communications. See www.lccnetwork.org for information.
  • The committee was briefed on the Central Basin and Range Rapid Ecoregional Assessment Opportunities and Challenges report, including a preview of recommendations from each of the theme teams in the areas of climate change, landscape metrics, hydrologic function, plant ecology, wildlife, soil and site stability and disturbance/development. The report is on track to be finalized by the end of July and delivered to BLM leadership in August.
  • Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (S-TEK) working group progress
    • The Steering Committee received an update on the S-TEK strategic plan progress and an upcoming July 15 workshop to review a “long list” of potential science priorities and consider how to incorporate traditional ecological knowledge into the strategy.
    • S-TEK priority topics will be drafted in September, and a final report will be distributed in December.
    • The Steering Committee learned the FY 2014 Science Investment RFP is available on grants.gov and there will be information webinars about the RFP on July 11. The Steering Committee was requested to provide panelist reviewers for the project proposals due July 29.
  • FY13 Science Project update
    • The Steering Committee received a briefing on the Desatoya Mountains Project and the Porter Canyon Experimental Watershed” research project including an invitation for the Porter Canyon Experimental Watershed Tour, August 20th, 2014 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Smith Creek Ranch Porter Canyon, Lander County, Nevada, 89310.

Click here to view the Great Basin LCC June 30 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 on September 16, 2014.

For more information, contact the Great Basin LCC at info@greatbasinlcc.org.


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. 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

Nevada Department of Wildlife

At the last Steering Committee meeting, Laura Richards gave an overview of the various Western Governors’ Association Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (WGA CHAT), a pre-planning land-use tool that can map crucial habitat for multiple species for fish and wildlife, and important wildlife corridors across the Western United States.

CHAT has the ability to view crucial wildlife habitat and wildlife information on a regional scale, but this is not a regulatory tool or legally binding. Furthermore, this tool is great for a consistent framework and examining the intersection of land use and wildlife management, but does not provide species-specific or site-specific information. 

WGA CHAT includes: 

• Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) helps identify sage grouse conservation needs
• Species of Economic and Recreational Importance (SERI) aggregates big game, upland game, predators/furbearers, and waterfowl. Chet showed how the information is mapped using a series of Nevada maps.

WGA CHAT combines information from SGCN, SERI, Freshwater Integrity maps, Landscape Condition maps, and Large Intact Blocks (LIB) to then pull specific habitat aspects and create an overall map. Nevada’s CHAT risk map is available at gis.ndow.nv.gov/NVCHAT/ . To visit CHAT’s website, please visit: westgovchat.org.


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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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