The Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative is an organization being developed that will merge science and management practices into a group designed for information sharing and addressing issues of importance dealing with landscape conservation thoughout the Great Basin region. LCC’s were established in 2009 by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar.
It is composed of a steering commitee which includes the following participants:
- Federal agencies- 3 representatives from the Departmen of Interior including 1 Bureau of Land Management, 1 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and 1 rotating seat from others. 3 representatives from the Department of Agriculture including 1 U.S. Forest Service, 1 Natural Resource Conservation Service, and 1 rotating seat from the others.
- State- 5 representatives from the Great Basin States 1 from each State
- Tribes- 5 Tribal representatives
- Great Basin Research and Management Partnership- 1 representative
- Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit- 1 representative
- Great Basin Environmental Program- 1 representative
- Non-Governmental Organization and Private-10 representatives. This wll include members from landowner associations, Wildlife organizations, mining, inustrial, and other private organizations.
The next group of the LCC is the Issue Based Working groups. These groups will be solutions based and will be the ones delivering the products and proposals. The Issue Based Working Groups will be composed of a mixture of different organization.
The Stakeholder Forum is the annual meeting of the LCC. The Steering Committee will organize the event, and it will be open to all stakeholders.
The staff of the LCC will be composed of the LCC Coodinator others need to assist. The Coodinator will support the Steering Committee, Working Groups, build relationships with all members, and coodinate events.
The issues that the LCC will focus on will be the ones in which people in the region are concerned. These are the ones discussed at the last meeting.
- Urbanization and Changing Land Use- What is the impact on the landscape?
- Public Perception of Land Management- How does the public views land management organizations and actions?
- Water Resources- How can we minmize contamination and depletion of water sources?
- Energy Developement- How to minimize landscape damage from upcoming renewable energy projects?
- Climate Change- What is the impact it is having on the region and what is the adaptability of all effected?
- Abnormal Wildfire Regimes- How is it effecting the species and landscape?
- Invasive Plant Species- How do we get rid of them?
- Insect outbreaks- What is the cause and damage to land?
- Riparian and Aquatic Ecosystems- What is the impact and what are some conservation methods that can be used?
- Plant Communities- How are they impacted by fires, insects, climate, etc?
These are just summaries of the issues. Each one will be covered more in depth in upcoming articles. The LCC is looking for support from any groups concerned with conservation and environmental issues. Anyone interested should contact email@example.com.