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United States Department of Agriculture

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

Location: Watershed Management Research

2013 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:
The Great Basin Research and Management Partnership (GBRMP) supports development of multidisciplinary, multi-organizational teams to address critical management issues related to wildland fire, invasive weeds, drought, climate change, urbanization and land use in the Intermountain West. In 2013, GBRMP enhanced its web clearinghouse to improve basic functionality and to catalog regional webinar information on research and science applications relevant to Great Basin management. GBRMP also initiated a webinar series that has been administered through the GBRMP affiliated Great Basin Fire Science Delivery Project. Research progress and status of current GBRMP and affiliated Bromus REENET, and Great Basin Science Delivery Projects were reported at the annual Executive Committee and Coordinating Committee meeting in Boise, Idaho, in January 2013, which was held jointly with the Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative Meeting, and meetings of the Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit, Great Basin Restoration Initiative, Great Basin Environmental Program, and Great Basin Consortium. This agreement was established in support of Objective 2 of the in-house project, the goals being to develop decision-support tools that will improve the success of rangeland restoration projects in the Great Basin by integrating weather, climate, micro-climate and forecast data into ecological site descriptions and conservation practice models to reduce the risks of climatic uncertainties.

4. Accomplishments

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