Focusing on today and the future
In November 2012, Governor Brian Sandoval issued Executive Order 2012-19 establishing the Nevada Sagebrush
Ecosystem Council recognizing the critical importance of this expansive
landscape to the citizens and natural resources of the Silver State, as well
as to the 11 western states.
Today, the Sagebrush Ecosytem Program, is an integrated, multi-disciplined, multi-agency effort with a shared goal of addressing the threats and challenges to this critical ecosystem for today and into the future. Read on to learn about the history, organizational structure, and activities of Nevada's Sagebrush Ecosystem Program or download the July 2014: Progress Report.
Sagebrush Ecosystem Council Members
The Sagebrush Ecosystem Council consists of nine members and six ex-officio members. Governor Brian Sandoval originally established the Council with Executive Order 2012-19. During the 2013 Legislative Session, AB461 was approved, and the resulting statutes (NRS 321.592 and NRS 321.594) provide state administration. Nevada's legislators are the first in the 11-state western region to formalize the state's commitment to this effort within statute. Meet the Council members.
Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team
The Sagebrush Ecosystem Program taps the talents of scientists and range managers, along with their respective agencies—housing them under one roof—to work in tandem to develop innovative solutions in conservation. Meet the members of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team.
The Nevada Collaborative Conservation Network (NCCN)
The State of Nevada, the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management are working together to use the Nevada Collaborative Conservation Network (NCCN) to achieve effective conservation of sagebrush ecosystems in Nevada in conjunction with implementation of the sage-grouse plan amendments. The NCCN empowers both stakeholders and land managers to cooperatively resolve conflict and build a collaborative position whether the discussion is at the local level, or when appropriate, referred to the Governor’s Sagebrush Ecosystem Council. View the NCCN FAQ document here.
Local Area Working Group (LAWGs)
The LAWGs provide all stakeholders with an
opportunity to work together in actively managing and restoring landscapes
across boundaries. Even with collaboration there is a realization that to be
successful there is a need for more investment from all sources to achieve
sage-grouse conservation objectives. LAWG membership includes representation
from private land owners, tribes, federal land management agencies, local
governments, conservation districts, United States Fish & Wildlife Service
(USFWS), United States Geological Service (USGS), Nevada Department of Wildlife
(NDOW), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), University of Nevada,
Reno (UNR), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Department of
Defense (DOD), sportsmen, mining, energy, Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) users,
agricultural and environmental interests.