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Research Project: Great Basin Research and Management Partnership Memorandum of Understanding

Location: Watershed Management Research

2010 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
Goals and Desired Outcomes: The Great Basin Research and Management Partnership promotes comprehensive and complementary research and management collaborations to sustain ecosystems, resources and communities across the Great Basin. The specific goals of the GBRMP are to: 1. Maximize integration of science and management through partnerships and technology transfer. 2. Provide leadership and commitment to an integrated organizational framework linking science and management to address priority natural-resource and socio-economic issues in the Great Basin. 3. Expand and facilitate inter-disciplinary, multi-organizational teams focused on problem solving through collaborative management and research. 4. Identify opportunities to leverage limited resources, minimize duplication, and pursue additional support and resources toward shared goals. 5. Implement communication and information sharing that enhances problem solving, demonstrates measurable results, and increases public support for Great Basin sustainability. 6. Produce measurable and meaningful outcomes in support of its mission and goals.

1b. Approach (from AD-416)
These parties hereby agree to support development of The Great Basin Research and Management Partnership (GBRMP). GBRMP coordinates interdisciplinary, multi-organizational, research and management teams to develop solutions to ecological and socio-economic problems in the Great Basin. Documents MOU with USFS.

3. Progress Report
This Memorandum of Understanding developed by ARS with other federal and state agencies, and western universities, in support of the Great Basin Research and Management Partnership (GBRMP). The mission of GBRMP is to support multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational teams to address critical land-management issues currently affecting the Great Basin region of the western United States. This is done through science and management partnerships, enhancement of science delivery to stakeholders and managers, and communication and information sharing. In 2010, GBRMP developed a web-based clearinghouse of information and resources in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Information Technology staff, located at the Snake River Field Station in Boise, Idaho. This website includes links to partners and information, a science-locator database, a database of regional and local collaborative projects, synthesis articles on major land management issues developed with the support of GBRMP, and a directory of expertise for people who want to list their interest and activities in the following issue areas: Urbanization and Changing Land Use, Public Perceptions of Land Management, Water Resources, Energy Development, Climate Change, Fire,Invasive Plants, Wildlife Disease Concerns, Insect Outbreaks, Riparian and Aquatic Ecosystems, Sagebrush Ecosystems, Aspen Ecosystems, Rare and Vulnerable Species, and Monitoring. GBRMP sponsored two workshops this year: “Natural Resource Needs Related to Climate Change in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert" held in Las Vegas (April 20-22, 2010); and a workshop for the Bromus REEnet,(February 23-24, 2010) which is a regional committee to address annual weed issues in the Great Basin. GBRMP also sponsored a science delivery project designed to evaluate Agency and producer information needs for information on fire, fuels, and post-fire rehabilitation and management. Research progress and status was reported via two meetings held in 2010 by the GBRMP Executive Committee and Coordinating Committee, and these groups have had monthly and quarterly conference calls to coordinate activities, keep track of progress, and plan future initiatives. The agreement was established in support of Objectives 1-4 of the in-house project, the goals being to improve scientific understanding and to transfer technology related to assessing and mitigating the impacts of ecological disturbances by invasive-weeds, fire and predation on rangeland water, vegetation and animal resources within sagebrush ecosystems of the Intermountain West.

4. Accomplishments