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Project ID: 09-4-1-27

Year: 2009

Date Started: 09/01/2009

Date Completed: 02/19/2010

Title: Learning Together: Great Basin Science Delivery

Project Proposal Abstract: The Great Basin is among the most imperiled regions in the United States. An increase in annual invasive grasses coupled with altered fire regimes is progressively converting shrublands and lower-elevation woodlands to near-homogenous, exotic grasslands. Improving effectiveness of fire, fuels, and post-fire management in the fire-ruled sagebrush biome is key to protecting the regions resources. Great Basin fire and fuels-related research is very active. However, results from two recent regional workshops and an on-going science needs assessment within the Great Basin offices of the BLM suggest that penetration of research results into land management agencies is poor. Despite the level of research activity and efforts to communicate it, during scoping for this project, field personnel repeatedly articulated unmet needs for technical assistance. The tacit assumption that the most important knowledge lies with scientists outside land management agencies erects barriers to effective information transfer. To create a technology transfer environment in which the knowledge of all the participants is accessible, we will use the principles of PAME, participatory assessment, monitoring, and evaluation. PAME encourages, supports, and strengthens the agency employees' existing abilities to identify their own needs and objectives and to measure delivery against their own evaluation criteria. Our science delivery consortium includes the Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Great Basin Research and Management Partnership, Great Basin Restoration Initiative and their member organizations. We welcome other regional projects such as the Great Basin Environmental Program and Utah Partners for Conservation and Development in all our activities. Four Great Basin federal land-management agencies are the targets for this science delivery effort. Although all agency levels must be addressed in our outreach strategy, our primary focus is on field-level technical personnel in fire, fuels, range and wildlife program areas. Range and wildlife programs are targeted because of the importance of fire use and fire effects on these resource and habitat values. During the planning phase, we will first facilitate processes by which each participating agency sets its own science agenda. We anticipate that each agency will have its own elements and methods used in determining its science needs. However, we will provide PAME techniques and facilitation for these processes. Our steering committee will distill from the outputs of the individual processes a draft common science needs agenda, which will be validated by the participants. This cross-agency agenda will form the basis for prioritizing content for science delivery in the implementation phase. External scientists will review the draft science agenda to identify what is already known and what requires new research. We will begin investigation of the most effective people and approaches for intra- and inter-agency science delivery by trialing several methods and evaluating results. Evaluations will follow the PAME principles, in which participants establish evaluation criteria prior to an activity or product release and then use these criteria post-activity. A science update program called the Science Sampler has been developed that includes short summaries of several regional projects with specific summaries for particular audiences. The interactive Sampler presentation is combined with facilitated focus groups to identify unmet science needs. We wish to amplify web-based resources already established for our region and to hold planning workshops for the several activities to be trialed in the implementation phase. At the close of the planning phase and based upon input from our land management and science partners, we will produce a delivery plan identifying key content, targets, and additional media and methods to be tested for on-going delivery.

Principal Investigator: Sandra K. Brewer

Agency/Organization: BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Branch or Dept: Nevada State Office

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Jeanne C. Chambers

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Reno

Co-Principal Investigator

Angie E. Evenden

NPS-National Park Service

Pacific West Regional Office

Co-Principal Investigator

Mike L. Pellant

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Idaho State Office

Co-Principal Investigator

Kurt S. Pregitzer

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

College of Natural Resources

Federal Cooperator

Nora Devoe

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Nevada State Office

Federal Fiscal Representative

Susan L. Kaller

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Nevada State Office

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Great Basin

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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

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