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Title: The Great Basin LCC


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The Great Basin LCC
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Great Basin Land Ownership
72 Federal Management
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Population Expansion
  • In 1990, the population of the region was 2.9
    million with 22.6 million acres uninhabited.
  • By 2004, the population of the region had grown
    to 4.9 million with less than 3 million acres
    uninhabited.
  • Of the 4.9 million people living in the Great
    Basin in 2004, 2.6 million lived in metropolitan
    areas with a population greater than 50,000

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Energy Development
  • Wind, geothermal, and solar energy applications
    for rights-of-ways for monitoring and testing
    have risen steeply
  • Transmission infrastructure expanding

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Extreme Relief
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Conservation and Management
  • Drivers
  • Climate change
  • Invasive annual grass
  • Altered fire regimes
  • Changing land use
  • Drought
  • Feedbacks from ecosystem alteration, species loss
  • Needs
  • Large-scale assessments of interactions of
    primary ecosystem drivers
  • Prediction and modeling of rates and magnitude of
    changes
  • Management tools for adaptation

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Dense Partnership Network
  • LCC-scale science and management collaborations,
    e.g., GBRMP, GBEP, CESU, GBRI
  • Regional science programs SageSTEP, NEON, several
    others
  • State-scale initiatives such as Utah Partners for
    Conservation and Development and Nevada Partners
  • Many local-level initiatives such as the Eastern
    Nevada Landscape Coalition
  • Eco-regional assessments completed or underway
    throughout the LCC periodic assessments could be
    LCC function

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ECOREGIONAL STRATEGIES
  • Assessments lead to strategies for conservation,
    restoration, renewable energy siting, and other
    purposes
  • Northern Great Basin and Chihuahuan Desert are
    pilot areas for developing ecoregional management
    goals, objectives, and responsive actions
  • Multi-state, multi-office efforts
  • Integrated, multi-agency, collaborative exercises
  • Future landscape-scale strategies may be
    facilitated by LCCs, developed and implemented
    through nested collaborations

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US FWS Regions
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US Forest Service Regions
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CSC Regional Organization
National Office
Fuzzy Boundaries
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LCC Functions
  • Forum for strategic response
  • Convene partners
  • Coordinate activities across partners
  • Integrate activities under a regional strategy
    for
  • adaptation
  • Pool scarce skills and resources
  • Prioritize science needs and convey to CSCs
  • Apply CSC products in adaptive management
    partnerships

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National LCC Network
  • Create a community of practice to share
    information and experience foster and
    disseminate innovation, and facilitate
    coordination and integration at the national
    level
  • Regular communication
  • Dedicated interagency staff

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Next Steps
  • The U.S. Institute for Conflict Resolution (Udall
    Foundation) is engaged to help convene
    stakeholder meetings to set up the GB LCC and to
    help develop a systematic process for stepping
    down ecoregional assessments to day-to-day
    management
  • WO-200 will organize a workshop for key BLM staff
    from SOs and FOs to develop a
    proposed/preferred approach for engaging with
    LCCs
  • Organizing meetings in Las Vegas April 21, Boise
    May 11, Salt Lake City May 12, Reno May 13 for
    Great Basin LCC

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Great Basin Landscape Conservation
CooperativeOrganizational Concept
Climate Science Center USGS
National LCC Network
Great Basin Research Management
Partnership Integration of research management
LCC provides regional science needs assessment
CSC provides science for application
Utah Partners for Conservation
Development Coordinate implement restoration
projects
Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies
Unit Provides research, technical assistance,
education
GB LCC Coordinate and provide support to ongoing
and new landscape scale efforts to leverage
resources
Nevada Partners for Conservation
Development Coordinate implement restoration
projects
Great Basin Environmental Program Integrate
efforts of governmental agencies with NGOs
Private Sector
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition Assess
resources, implement monitor projects
The Nature Conservancy Sub assessments
decision support tools
Regional Science Projects Great Basin Native
Plant Selection Increase Project JFS SageSTEP
Project
Federal Agencies BLM, USFWS, USGS, FS, NRCS, BOR,
DOD and others
Others Tribes, NGOs, Universities, the Public
State Agencies
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