EVENTS & WEBINARS



Great Basin Consortium Conference 2017: Charting a Course for Rangeland Science in the Sagebrush Biome


When: 21-23 February 2017

Where: University of Nevada, Reno, Joe Crowley Student Union, 4th Floor (Map jpg)

Conference theme: Charting a Course for Rangeland Science in the Sagebrush Biome

Purpose: The objectives of the conference are to have participants learn about and contribute to implementation of the Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy Actionable Science Plan.  A report will be produced from feedback received from breakout sessions on the five topics of the Science Plan.  View the full objectives and background in the agenda pdf.

Who: Researchers, managers, and practitioners from all regions of the sagebrush biome are encouraged to attend.

Registration: $80 ($25 for students). Register on EventBrite.

Conference Agenda (pdf)
Tuesday 21st
1:00-1:20    Welcome - Tony Wasley, Director, Nevada Department of Wildlife
1:20-1:40    Why Secretarial Order 3336 and The Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy? – Rick Belger, Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy Implementation Manager, Office of the Deputy Secretary, BLM
1:40-2:40    The Actionable Science Plan: An Outcome of SO 3336 – Deborah Finch, Program Manager for Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystems Science, USFS, RMRS and Ken Berg, Director, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
2:40-3:00    Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Contributions – Tom Remington, Sagebrush Science Initiative Project Coordinator, WAFWA
3:00-3:15    Q&A with presenters
3:15-3:30    Process for the week – Richard Kearney, Coordinator, Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative
3:30-4:00    Break
4:00-4:30    Ignite Session
4:30-6:30    Poster Session and Social

Wednesday 22nd
8:00          REPORT TO YOUR BREAKOUT SESSION TOPIC ROOM (Fire, Invasives, Restoration, Sagebrush and sage-grouse, and Climate and weather)
8:00-8:30    Review of the Actionable Science Plan Topic
8:30-9:00   Instructions for your breakout session and get into science needs implementation groups
9:00-10:00    Small group discussion to develop pathways to address the science needs and identified actions from both a management (what’s applicable) and a research (what’s possible) perspective
10:00-10:20    Break
10:20-11:30    Continue developing pathways to address the science needs and identified actions
11:30-12:00    Prepare for report-out after lunch
12:00-1:00    Lunch on own
1:00             MEET BACK IN YOUR BREAKOUT SESSION TOPIC ROOM
1:00-1:45    Prepare initial report out
1:45-2:00    MEET IN FULL CONFERENCE
2:00-3:00   Report out/discussion
3:00-5:00    Poster Session

Thursday 23rd
8:00            REPORT TO YOUR BREAKOUT SESSION ROOM
8:00-10:45    Final discussion on suggested pathways for Science Plan implementation
10:45-11:00    Break
11:00            MEET BACK IN FULL CONFERENCE
11:00-12:15    Large-group report out
12:15-12:30    Closing Remarks
12:30        Adjourn

Meeting Agenda
Tuesday 21st
12:00 pm-1:00 pm    Great Basin Society for Ecological Restoration Meeting

Wednesday 22nd
12:00 pm-1:00 pm    Great Basin Environmental Partnership Meeting
5:30 pm-7:00 pm    Great Basin Research and Management Partnership Meeting

Thursday 23rd
1:00 pm-4:00 pm    Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative Meeting
3:00 pm-5:00 pm    Great Basin Fire Science Exchange Meeting

Friday 24th
7:30 am-3:00 pm    Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project Meeting
8:00 am-12:00 pm    Secretarial Order 3336 Business Meeting

Lodging
Non-gaming/non-smoking hotels:
Whitney Peak
Siena (open during construction)
Other hotels:
El Dorado
Silver Legacy
Circus Circus
Harrah's

Transportation: All hotels have shuttles to and from the airport.  For transportation to and from the University, use the Sierra Spirit bus.