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 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.”  

    “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 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.

      “With this 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.

      - There is increased understanding of each other and what we are all here for with all points of views identified and common ground sought. 

      - We make new connections and hopefully see things from a different perspective. 

      We all learn from one another and identify the communication network based nature of NCCN to help assist locally lead conservation.

      - We 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 goals. 

      - We 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.  

      - We 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. 

      - Nevada 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