Nevada Collaboration Conservation Network (NCCN)


ABOUT the Nevada Collaboration Conservation Network (NCCN)

The State of Nevada, the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management are working together to use the Nevada Collaboration 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. The roles of Local Area Working Groups, agency field managers, and the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council are described in the NCCN Concept Paper

 

    Collaboration Training

    The Nevada Collaboration Conservation Network (NCCN) was kicked off with a two and one-half day training on November 29 through December 2, 2016 where more than 80 participants came together to learn collaborative processes and develop relationships among the people who will be implementing the sage-grouse plan amendments and the people who will be affected by them. The State of Nevada, the Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service sponsored the workshop in partnership with the BLM National Collaborative Action and Resolution Office. Among the workshop participants were state and federal resource management agency field managers and specialists, ranchers, members of local area working groups, conservation groups, representatives from the mining industry, and the Nevada BLM State Director, the Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor, and the Chairman of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council who had this to say:
      

    “It was very rewarding to have so many diverse individuals attend. I’m happy to see such a strong commitment to working together to sustain multiple use benefits from public lands while conservingsagebrush ecosystems.” said Bill Dunkelberger, Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor.
     
    “A key part of the workshop was the emphasis on establishing and improving relationships between the agencies and stakeholders, “ said John Ruhs, State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada.

     “We also spent time trying to get to know people as individuals as opposed to just identifying them by theirinterest or agency.”
     
    “While this process was just the beginning, there was a collective recognition of key issues to address and an overall feeling that if we don't collaboratively work toward solutions, we will fail individually.” said JJ Goicoechea, Chairman of the Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council.
      

    Get the report here.

     

      Facilitator Training

      One of the primary goals of the NCCN is to promote landscape scale conservation planning developed at the local level. The NCCN is working with the Bureau of Land Management to offer a three-day facilitator training March 21-23 in Reno, Nevada. The intent of the training is to create a geographically distributed pool of qualified facilitators who can assist with formation and success of local area working groups. Facilitators are needed to organize meetings, distribute information, and identify other needed assistance for local stakeholder groups. Space is limited.
       
      If you’re interested, please contact Cheva Gabor, chevalgabor@fs.fed.us