Location: Watershed Management ResearchTitle: The Great Basin Research and Management Partnership Author
Submitted to: Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/1/2009
Publication Date: 2/1/2010
Citation: Hardegree, S.P., J.C. Chambers, M. Pellant. (2010). The Great Basin Research and Management Partnership. In: Abstracts of the 63nd Annual Meeting, Society for Range Management, Denver, CO, Feb 7-11, 2010 (CD-ROM Abstract) Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The Great Basin is undergoing major sociological and ecological change as a result of urbanization, changing technology and land use, climate change, limited water resources, altered fire regimes, and invasive species, insects, and disease. Sustaining ecosystems, resources, and human populations of the Great Basin will require strong collaborative partnerships among research and management organizations in the region. In November, 2006, a workshop was held in Reno, NV on the topic of “Collaborative Watershed Management and Research in the Great Basin”. The critical issues of concern to the workshop participants, and a summary of workshop recommendations were captured in a General Technical Report which can be accessed from: http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/29293. A principal recommendation was to assign a steering committee to develop an organizational framework: to identify and prioritize regional issues, expand and support existing collaborations, facilitate new teams to address emerging issues, and promote information sharing among programs and people. This ultimately resulted in formation of the Great Basin Research and Management Partnership which is described in more detail on the GBRMP website: (http://greatbasin.wr.usgs.gov/GBRMP/index.html). The website also serves as an information clearinghouse for Great Basin research and management activities and currently includes: (1) Searchable Database of Collaborative Programs; (2) Research Catalog (The Science Locator http://jester.wr.usgs.gov/scilocator_ims/viewer.htm); (3) Metadata Server; (4) Great Basin Bibliography; (5) Upcoming Meetings and Links; (6) List Server; and (7) Experts Database. High priority objectives in 2010 are to increase awareness of, and participation in GBRMP, and to form critical working groups to address high priority research and management issues.