Priorities

Working with Great Basin stakeholders in 2015, the Great Basin LCC produced the Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (S-TEK) Strategic Plan that guides the LCC’s work for the next five years. The S-TEK Strategic Plan identifies the key science and management priorities of the LCC and incorporates the expertise and input of the S-TEK working group, including representatives from federal and state government, tribes, academia and non-profit sectors. 

Read the Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Strategic Plan and view the appendices.

Photograph of a Great Basin landscape

S-TEK Priorities

The Great Basin LCC prioritizes activities and programs that address two interrelated drivers at work across Great Basin ecosystems: 

  • Adaptation to changes in water availability, temperature, climate variability, and extreme climatic events. 
  • Adaptation to changes in ecosystem structure, processes, function, and interactions.

A related set of second-order priority topics represent some of the most important challenges currently facing Great Basin ecosystems:

  • Surface water/groundwater interactions
  • Surface water availability
  • Fire (wildfire/prescribed fire)
  • Invasive species 
  • Insects, disease and pathogens

Potential Activities 

The Great Basin LCC seeks to lead, coordinate, or support work that aligns with its priority topics. This work takes place through initiatives and programs developed and delivered through the LCC itself, research supported by the LCC, as well as other activities implemented through partnerships with organizations working in the Great Basin. Current and potential LCC activities are categorized into the following groups:

  • Knowledge Discovery 
  • Information Stewardship and Synthesis 
  • Conservation Planning 
  • Program Implementation 
  • Network Building

For more information on how the LCC activities align with its priority topics, see Table 2 in the S-TEK Strategic Plan.