Natural resource issues facing the Great Basin of Nevada, Utah, Oregon and California – and research behind solutions – is being probed in a two-day meeting starting today at the University of Nevada-Reno.
The annual Great Basin Consortium Conference, this year labeled "The Great Basin: A Landscape Under Fire," is underway at the Joe Crowley Student Union, where it runs today and tomorrow.
Some of the issues the groups will tackle involve sage grouse, fire and climate change adaption strategies.
The consortium of six organizations representing more than two dozen agencies and institutions that study, manage and protect the basin are holding informative presentations, workshops, panel discussions and meetings on topics including current research projects being conducted in the region and on emerging natural resources issues.
The consortium is an informal organization of partners who coordinate and collaborate on science delivery in the basin. Its mission is to increase communication and coordination among the organizations to enhance effectiveness of research, management, outreach and funding activities.
Research includes scientific studies, science delivery and science application. Management includes land uses such as grazing and restoration activities prescribed fire, weed control and seeding.
Management also includes identifying priority treatment areas for landscape assessments, project planning on-the-ground implementation and post-treatment monitoring and evaluation. Outreach include disseminating science-based information by conducting education and extension activities including stakeholder forums, workshops and symposia.
The conference features presentations by researchers from the U.S. Forest Service, University of Nevada-Reno, U.S. Geological Survey, Nevada Department of Wildlife and others.
Government agencies and private organizations support the consortium through a number of operations, including the following:
- The Great Basin Ecosystem Studies Unit
- The Great Basin Environmental Program
- The Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative
- The Great Basin Restoration Initiative
- The Great Basin Research and Management Partnership
- The Great Basin Fire Science Delivery