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GBLCC STEERING COMMITTEE SUPPORTS FIVE PROJECTS FOR FUNDING
On April 4, the Great Basin LCC Steering Committee approved five recommended project proposals for FY2013 science funding (click here for full summary). Approximately $200,000 from the US Fish & Wildlife Service was made available, resulting in the development of a short-term science approach and convening of the Great Basin Science Working Group (SWG). The SWG was responsible for developing a recommendation to the Steering Committee for the allocation of the FY2013 science funding. Over a period of two weeks, the solicitation was broadly disseminated, resulting in 16 project proposals submitted for review and evaluation by the SWG. After applying the evaluation criteria, the SWG recommended a prioritized list of six projects to the Steering Committee.
Upon review and discussion of the SWG recommended proposals, the Steering Committee agreed to support the following five projects. See below for a brief description of each project.
• $48,222 awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Leger, University of Nevada, Reno: “Understanding the causes and consequences of cheatgrass die-offs in the Great Basin.” The project will use satellite imagery to provide information on the size and extent of historic die-offs in the Winnemucca area and determine if the die-offs are restoration opportunities by planting native grasses.
• $44,795 awarded to Dr. Eric Beever, U.S. Geological Survey: “Characterization of montane ecosystems, their microclimates, and wildlife distribution and abundance across the hydrographic Great Basin.” The project will retrieve four years of data from over 200 temperature sensors located on over 100 million acres of the Great Basin to help quantify the variability of climate across varying landscape levels and time periods.
• $38,855 awarded to Dr. Elisabeth Ammon, Great Basin Bird Observatory: “Evaluating species management guidance and monitoring programs for the Great Basin.” The project will provide an online, open source document that summarizes the current knowledge on the value of different species management practices, important gaps in knowledge about priority species and current status of monitoring coverage.
• $35,000 awarded to Dr. Bryce Richardson, USDA Forest Service: “Development of tools and technology to improve the success and planning of big sagebrush ecosystems.” The project creates a knowledge base and tools to assist resource managers by informing them of the most appropriate seed sources to plant to enhance the success of restoration under current and future climates.
• $31,356 awarded to Dr. Matt Germino, U.S. Geological Survey: “Effects of genotype and management treatments of native and invasive herbs on success of sagebrush restoration.” The research will evaluate how initial establishment of sagebrush is influenced by management treatments and to determine how the effects are varied under different climate conditions.
The SWG work was guided through this short-term recommendation process by the mission, goals and objectives of the Great Basin LCC and short-term guiding principles for funding allocation. Click here for the news release: Five Projects Funded to Increase Understanding of the Great Basin (04-26-13)