Great Basin Consortium Conference
"Charting a Course for Rangeland Science
in the Sagebrush Biome"
February 21-23, 2017, University of Nevada, Reno


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  • About the Great Basin Consortium

    The Great Basin Consortium is pleased to announce its 6th annual conference on February 21-23, 2017, at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Great Basin Consortium is a consortium of partners whose vision is to coordinate and collaborate on science delivery to achieve sustainable and resilient Great Basin ecosystems and human communities. Our mission is to increase communication and coordination among the partner organizations in order to enhance the effectiveness of their research, management, outreach and funding activities.


    The objectives of the 2017 Great Basin Consortium Conference are to have participants learn about and contribute to implementation of the Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy Actionable Science Plan.  Initial speakers will discuss the purpose and components of the strategy and the science plan, and breakout sessions (see conference agenda below) will allow workshop participants to contribute ideas and steps for implementation of the science plan over the short term and the long term.  Current research projects will be presented through poster sessions.  A report will be produced from feedback received from breakout sessions on the five topics of the Science Plan.  Researchers, managers, and practitioners from all regions of the sagebrush biome are encouraged to attend. 


    The Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy called for an actionable science plan of prioritized research needs (view the Actionable Science Plan on The plan was completed in 2016 and identifies 37 priority science needs categorized in five broad topics related to management of the sagebrush ecosystem of the western United States. The topics are: fire, invasive plants, restoration, sagebrush and greater sage-grouse, and climate and weather. The 37 priority science needs identified in the plan are a shared vision of the near-term science needed to inform management strategies and develop management tools. Science planning and prioritization work conducted over the past five years by Federal and State agencies was the foundation for plan development. The science plan team and contributors from Federal and State management agencies and universities have developed a description of each of the priority needs and identified actions for addressing them. This plan was developed utilizing a process that allowed interested publics and stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on prioritization of the science needs. It has also gone through peer and collegial review as well as agency protocols for the publication of science documents (U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Forest Service Research and Development review and approval). The science plan team consisted of staff from the Department of Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture, Great Basin and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, Joint Fire Science Program, and Western Association of Fish Wildlife Agencies. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) participated from the DOI. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Agriculture Research Service (ARS) participated from the Department of Agriculture.

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    $80. $25 for students. Remember to select your top three breakout session topic choices:

    • Fire
    • Invasives
    • Restoration
    • Sagebrush and sage-grouse
    • Climate and weather


    Two poster sessions will be take place on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 4:30-6:30 and Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 3:00-5:00. The theme of the session will be science for management of sagebrush steppe ecosystems, and specifically those encompassed by the 2015 DOI Secretarial Order #3336 on Rangeland Fire and Restoration. Please email poster information to by Feb. 1, 2017 with "GBC6 2017 poster" in the email subject line and the following information:

    1) Presenter name institution, and email address
    2) List of co-author names and abbreviated institutions as follows: "J. Doe, USFS RMRS; J. Brown, USGS; ....etc"
    3) Title (try to keep under 12 words; shorter = better)
    4) Specify if funded by or related to:

    a. Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GBLCC)
    b. Great Basin Native Plant Project (GBNPP)
    c. Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) or Great Basin Fire Science Exchange (GBFSE)
    d. University of Nevada – Reno (UNR) or Great Basin Environmental Program (GBEP)
    e. Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (GBCESU)
    f. Great Basin Research and Management Partnership (GBRMP)
    g. Other

    5) Abstract/summary <75 words including a phrase on how the poster relates to the session theme, i.e. management of sagebrush ecosystems.

    Those that submit poster abstracts will be contacted in follow up communications and invited to participate (optional) in a Poster Ignite Session on Tuesday Feb 21 from 4:00-4:30 pm.

    Posters should be no larger than 4’ wide by 3’ high (48”x36”).


    The conference venue is the 4th floor Ballrooms in the Joe Crowley Student Union on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.


    Non-gaming/non-smoking hotels:
    Whitney Peak
    Siena (open during construction)

    Other hotels:
    El Dorado
    Silver Legacy
    Circus Circus


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


      For more information, programmatic questions or comments about the conference, please contact:

      Genie MontBlanc, | (775) 784-1107