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
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 the following to say:
“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 their interest or agency.”
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 conserving sagebrush ecosystems.” said Bill
Dunkelberger, Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor.
“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.
After months of
facilitator trainings and planning meetings, the NCCN held its first
collaborative workshop on May 8-9, 2018 in Elko, NV. Nearly 40 people from
across various agencies and interests in Nevada and Northern California came
together to discuss collaboration efforts and to build relationships with
others trying to achieve the same goals. They were joined by guest speakers
from Utah who brought their knowledge of collaboration techniques to assist
with the discussions. The conference closed out with discussion on future needs
in order to continue collaboration and problem solving. Another conference was
highly requested and is currently being planned for early Winter 2018.
workshop, we hope that this program opens communications lines, and creates a
safe central place for people to come for advice, insight, wisdom, knowledge
and guidance that allow conservation projects to be implemented in the most
efficient way which will improve Nevada overall, and ultimately the USA.
is increased understanding of each other and what we are all here for with all
points of views identified and common ground sought.
make new connections and hopefully see things from a different
all learn from one another and identify the communication network based nature
of NCCN to help assist locally lead conservation.
establish trust, common vision and a collaborative goal. There is the development of communication and
vision language that allows the accomplishment of group land management
continue to refine and clarify how all the moving pieces fit together. We have something useful and tangible to
communicate to the landowners and boards we work with.
build relationships to sharing values and further those shared values. Relationships are grown and conservation is
put on the ground. We find more people
to invest at the local level.
would be recognized as a State instead of a territory. Work will get done on the ground and we will
see improved ecosystem health.”
Collaborative Summary of Desired Outcomes, NCCN Workshop Spring 2018