The Great Basin LCC works across political and organizational boundaries to create opportunities for collaboration on important conservation issues. Collaboration helps optimize conservation investments and align efforts to achieve the greatest impact. By working in partnership with other organizations, we can enhance communication and understanding about science, management and cultural resources and better leverage our resources.
This page highlights the work and outcomes of our collaborative efforts.
Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management and Restoration
In May, 2015 the Department of the Interior announced a new strategy to address the threats posed by rangeland fires on sagebrush-steppe ecosystems and public safety. The Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy (“Strategy”) provides a comprehensive, science-based approach to enhance the conservation and restoration of the sagebrush-steppe and to meet important economic, cultural and social goals.
The Department of the Interior identified the Great Basin LCC as a primary source of science in the Strategy. Working with the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange and other partners, the LCC has supported the development of an easily accessible online source of science-based tools, information and resources for managers across the Great Basin.
The Great Basin LCC also played an integral role in the development of the Rangeland Fire Science Plan, which identifies 37 priority science needs that address knowledge gaps in five topic areas: fire, invasive plants, restoration, sagebrush and greater sage-grouse, and climate and weather.
Working with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife to combat invasive weeds
Developing a Tool for Resistance and Resilience
The Great Basin LCC partnered with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency (WAFWA) Fire and Invasives Team to develop an implementation tool for a technical resistance and resilience report, The Wildfire, Invasive Annual Grasses and Conifer Expansion Assessment. This tool has allowed the Bureau of Land Management to plan for over 10 million acres of restoration and rehabilitation of sagebrush habitat in the Great Basin beginning in 2016.
Paving the Way for Collaborative Work Tackling Invasive Weeds
Great Basin LCC staff helped co-author the WAFWA report, Invasive Plant Management and Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation: A Review and Status Report with Strategic Recommendations for Improvement. The report provided 11 recommendations on information management and science, leadership, coordination and communications, policy and regulation, and program management and operational capacity. One of these recommendations was to hold an Invasive Weeds Summit. LCC staff helped to conduct that Summit which gathered 240 leading federal, state, and local government leaders, along with private ranchers, tribes, scientists, and conservationists. The group is drafting a regional action plan providing short- and long-term goals at a landscape scale.
Great Basin Consortium
The Great Basin LCC collaborates with six partners to form the Great Basin Consortium. This partnership works to increase communication and coordination among the partner organizations in order to enhance the effectiveness of their research, management, outreach and funding activities. The Consortium sponsors a yearly conference to bring together individuals working to sustain healthy and resilient ecosystems. This conference is the most significant and regular, interdisciplinary meeting of scientists and managers in the intermountain west generally and the Great Basin specifically.
Great Basin Weather and Climate Dashboard
The Great Basin Weather and Climate Dashboard is an online tool to help stakeholders locate the weather and climate information they need to make decisions related to the current drought in the Great Basin. The website is hosted and supported by the Western Regional Climate Center at the Desert Research Institute.
Greater Sheldon-Hart Mountain Collaborative
Located in parts of Oregon, Nevada, and California, this collaboration between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe and others focuses on restoring sagebrush shrub and native perennial grass/forb communities by controlling juniper expansion. The restoration work benefits numerous wildlife species, including several listed or candidate species under the Endangered Species Act, as well as a number of birds that rely on sagebrush-steppe habitat.
Climate Forum Series
The Climate Forum Series, co-sponsored by the Great Basin LCC, provides information on recent and current climate conditions in the Great Basin, and resource management decisions and issues affected by weather and climate. Members of the public, private resource managers and professionals, tribal members, and interested organizations participate and engage in discussions and address impacts from climate change.
Great Basin LCC staff frequently lend their expertise and experience to landscape-scale conservation efforts in the region. Recent advisory work includes:
- Working with The Nature Conservancy on landscape resiliency criteria, Great Basin LCC staff informed the selection of a new set of conservation sites in the Southeast Oregon portion of the Columbia Plateau and set the stage for adoption of these methods elsewhere in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
- Staff serve as subject matter experts or peer-reviewers for the Joint Fire Science Program, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the California Tahoe Conservancy, the Climate Science Centers, and several peer-reviewed journals.
- Staff are active members of the advisory council for both the Northwest and the Southwest Climate Science Centers.
The Great Basin LCC hosts a yearly webinar series to showcase cutting-edge science supported by the LCC. Each webinar presents key findings focusing on the research’s application to Great Basin natural and cultural resource management, and includes a question and answer session with the speaker. These webinars are a key tool for sharing information with partners and the public who are typically separated by large geographic boundaries. The Great Basin LCC also collaborates with other LCCs, agencies and organizations to discuss and share information about challenging, landscape-level conservation issues to a variety of audiences, while also pulling-in the expertise of others.