Who We Are

The Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is a partnership among public and private groups working to meet large-scale conservation challenges across five states. We promote management based upon science and traditional knowledge that enables human and natural communities to respond and adapt to ongoing change. Our partners include a variety of groups committed to conservation, such as Native American tribes, universities, non-governmental organizations, and federal, state and local government agencies.

The Great Basin LCC is one of 22 LCCs in North America. With the signing of Secretarial Order No. 3289, the Department of the Interior launched the LCCs to better integrate science and management to address climate change and other landscape scale issues.The Great Basin LCC geographic area encompasses approximately 145,000 square miles in five states. Explore the Great Basin LCC geography in the Conservation Planning Atlas.

The direction and priorities of the Great Basin LCC are established by a Steering Committee. This group consists of 23 representatives from federal agencies, tribes, state representatives, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and consortium partners from the five-state Great Basin region. The Steering Committee is led by a three-member Executive Committee. 

Great Basin LCC Steering Committee Members

Member Organization
Armand Gonzales, Acting Chair California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Maureen McCarthy, Past-Chair Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
Tribal Representatives
Ed Naranjo Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
Kim Townsend Duckwater Shoshone Tribe
Gaylord Robb Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah
Scott Hauser Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation
Federal Representatives
Raul Morales Bureau of Land Management
Bill Dunkelberger U.S. Forest Service
Sue Phillips U.S. Geological Survey
Clint Koble USDA Farm Service Agency
Carolyn Swed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Julie Malvitz USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
State Representatives
Armand Gonzales California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Jennifer Newmark Nevada Department of Wildlife
John Harja State of Utah, Office of the Governor
Shaun Clements Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Invited State of Idaho
Local Government Representatives
NGO and Private Community Representatives
Julie Thompson Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition
Liz Munn The Nature Conservancy
Helen Neville Trout Unlimited
Jay Carlisle Intermountain Bird Observatory
Larry Dwyer Friends of Nevada Wilderness
Rocky Gutierrez The Wildlife Society
Great Basin Consortium Representatives
Maureen McCarthy Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
Stan Johnson Great Basin Environmental Program
Deb Finch Great Basin Research and Management Partnership
Non-decisional members
Gus Bisbal Northwest Climate Science Center
Steve Jackson Southwest Climate Science Center
Patrick Wright California Tahoe Conservancy
Joe Adamski Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Office 

Great Basin LCC Staff

Karen Prentice, Acting Coordinator

Karen came to the Great Basin LCC in March 2018 as the Acting Coordinator. She has extensive experience collaborative, science informed decisions and management in and outside of the Great Basin. Karen started her career with BLM in Nevada’s Ely District where she started as a rangeland management specialist and devoted most of her time to invasive species and post-fire (ESR) treatments. Since, 2011, Karen has been in Washington, DC providing leadership for several aspects of the BLM’s landscape approach including coordinating landscape resiliency activities with internal and external partners and stakeholders, developing national policy on landscape restoration, and supporting development of the BLM’s Rapid Ecoregional Assessments. Recently Karen helped coordinate the development of the Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration in the Sagebrush Biome.


Dr. John Tull, Science Coordinator

John joined as Science Coordinator in January 2017. John comes from the Nevada Department of Wildlife where he served as a Wildlife Staff Biologist in the Habitat Division since January 2014. In that role, John worked in numerous collaborations including sage-grouse land use planning and results-based grazing in order to achieve positive, conservation-oriented outcomes in the Great Basin. Prior to that, John sought conservation solutions through the nexus of science and policy while at the Nevada Wilderness Project and as an independent consulting conservation biologist.  


Dr. Matthew Germino, Research Landscape Ecologist

Matthew joined the Great Basin LCC in 2011, and assists with science research and coordination. Matthew works at the U.S. Geological Survey in the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Boise, Idaho to research spatial and temporal patterns of change across the Great Basin landscapes, and the biological and physical processes that generate these patterns.


Eric Jensen, Geospatial Data Specialist

Eric joined the Great Basin LCC as Geospatial Data Specialist in November 2016. Owing to two years in the BLM's Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) program, and coursework and professional applications of GIS and spatial analysis, Eric brings diverse aptitudes in data management, spatial analysis, cartography and Great Basin ecological processes.