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322 East Front Street
Boise, ID, 83702
United States

208-373-4344

Providing the knowledge and technology required to improve the availability of native plant materials for restoring diverse native plant communities across the Great Basin.

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Upcoming Events

Aug
23
to Oct 11

Ecology of Shrubs in Western North America - Fall 2017 Course

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Dr. Roger Rosentreter is teaching Ecology of Shrubs in Western North America (BIOL 497/597) at Boise State University. 

Lecture: 2 credits, Lab: 1 credit
Lecture: Wed 6-8 PM, first 10 weeks of Fall semester
Lab: Saturdays 9 AM - 4 PM, Aug 26, Sept 9 & 23, Oct 7

Course Description/Learning Objectives: The ecological characteristics and physiological survival adaptations of shrubs, such as bitterbrush and sagebrush will be covered in detail. Wildlife uses, avian and invertebrate species importance, and forage value and palatability of western shrubs will be covered.

For more information, see the course flyer.

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Jul
12
8:00am 8:00am

Summer Farm Festival and Annual Field Day

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The Malheur Experiment Station is hosting the Summer Farm Festival and Annual Field Day on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

The event will feature -

  • Agricultural Trade Show Booths
  • Various Farm and Field Topics
  • Contests with Prizes

Lunch will be provided, but you must RSVP by calling Janet Jones, (541) 889-2174, or by emailing her at janet.jones@oregonstate.edu

This event represents a collaborative effort by the Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, OSU Malheur County Extension Service, Malheur County Soil and Water Conservation District, Malheur Watershed Council, Owyhee Watershed Council, USDA NRCS, and the Lower Willowcreek Working Group. 

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Jun
14
8:30am 8:30am

Weed Control Tour

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The Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station is hosting a WEED CONTROL TOUR Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Registration starts at 8:30 AM, and the tour starts at 9:00 AM.

Lunch will be provided, but you need to RSVP with Janet Jones, (541) 889-2174, or by emailing her at janet.jones@oregonstate.edu. 

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May
18
8:30am 8:30am

Native Wildflower Seed Production Field Day

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Join us at the Malheur Experiment Station for NATIVE WILDFLOWER SEED PRODUCTION FIELD DAY on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Registration starts at 8:30 AM and the program at 9:00 AM.

This event represents a collaborative effort by the Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station, Eastern Oregon Stewardship Services, Bureau of Land Management, Clearwater Supply, and Great Basin Native Plant Project. 

Lunch will be provided, but you must RSVP by calling Janet Jones, (541) 889-2174, or by emailing her at janet.jones@oregonstate.edu

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Feb
21
to Feb 23

Great Basin Consortium Conference

About:
The Great Basin Consortium is pleased to announce its 6th annual conference on February 21-23, 2017, at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Great Basin Consortium is a consortium of partners whose vision is to coordinate and collaborate on science delivery to achieve sustainable and resilient Great Basin ecosystems and human communities. Our mission is to increase communication and coordination among the partner organizations in order to enhance the effectiveness of their research, management, outreach and funding activities.

Conference Objectives:
The objectives of the 2017 Great Basin Consortium Conference are to have participants learn about and contribute to implementation of the Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy Actionable Science Plan. Initial speakers will discuss the purpose and components of the strategy and the science plan, and breakout sessions (see conference agenda) will allow workshop participants to contribute ideas and steps for implementation of the science plan over the short term and the long term. Current research projects will be presented through poster sessions. A report will be produced from feedback received from breakout sessions on the five topics of the Science Plan. Researchers, managers, and practitioners from all regions of the sagebrush biome are encouraged to attend.

Poster session:
A poster session will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 4:30-6:30p. The theme of the session will be science for management of sagebrush steppe ecosystems, and specifically that encompassed by the 2015 DOI Secretarial Order #3336 on Rangeland Fire and Restoration. Please email poster information to mgermino@usgs.gov by Feb. 1, 2017 with "GBC6 2017 poster" in the email subject line and the following information: 

1) Presenter name, institution, and email address
2) List of co-author names and abbreviated institutions as follows: "J. Doe, USFS RMRS; J. Brown, USGS; ....etc" 
3) Title (try to keep under 12 words; shorter = better) 
4) Specify if funded by or related to a) GBLCC, b) Great Basin Native Plant Program, c) JFSP or GBFE, d) UNR or GB-EP, e) GB-CESU, or f) GBRMP
5) Abstract/summary, <75 words including a phrase on how the poster relates to the session theme, ie. management of sagebrush ecosystems.

To learn more and to register, go to http://greatbasinresearch.com/consortium/conference6.html

 

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Jan
29
to Feb 2

Society for Range Management 2017 International Annual Meeting

CONFERENCE THEME:  The theme of this year’s conference is “Red Rock & Rangelands,” and it highlights the juxtaposition of spectacular geology and diverse rangelands in the region around St. George. We especially welcome proposals that highlight the variety of rangeland environments and habitats, multitude of rangeland land-uses, and diversity of people who manage and depend upon rangelands in the southwestern US.

HIGHLIGHTED SYMPOSIUM SESSION: 

The role of genetic approaches and breeding native plant cultivars for rangeland revegetation and reintroduction of extirpated species or populations

Native plants display remarkable adaptations to rangeland environments of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave regions. These native plants fill critical ecological functions and have many potential uses in agriculture, conservation, and landscaping. However, exotic plants, animals, and pathogens can decimate native species and populations throughout their range. Likewise, climate change and other environmental alterations may eliminate native species and populations from areas where they may no longer be well adapted. Moreover, these problems can be exacerbated by the extreme difficulty of producing seed or propagules required to reintroduce native forbs over large areas of rangeland where they can be exceptionally difficult to establish. Breeding and genetic approaches can be used to identify and utilize natural gene variants that enable native species and populations to overcome exotic pests, environmental changes, and inherent limitations that prevent successful reintroductions or limit their use in large-scale revegetation. The goal of this symposium is to illustrate and discuss benefits, pitfalls, mitigation strategies, appropriate, and inappropriate applications for plant breeding and native plant cultivars in large scale rangeland revegetation, native species reintroductions, and other important conservation uses.

To learn more and register, go to: http://rangelands.org/srm17/

 

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Jan
18
to Jan 19

Idaho Noxious Weed Conference

The Idaho Weed Control Association invites you to attend the Annual Idaho Noxious Weed Conference. This conference is for private landowners and agencies who have responsibilities for vegetation management. Topics include Invasive Species, Farm Bill, NPDES, Success Stories of CWMAs, Revegetation, Pesticide Safety, Aquatic Invasives, BioControl, Applying for Grants, GIS/GPS Mapping, and more.

CONFERENCE FEES
$165
 pre-registration fee   Deadline: Jan. 4, 2017
$190 late registration fee (after Jan. 4) or at the door

For more information go to http://www.idahoweedcontrol.org/weedconference.html

 

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Jun
9
to Jun 10

Training Event- Identifying Common Plants of the Sagebrush Steppe: A Field and Lab Training

GBFSE Training Event –

Identifying Common Plants of the Sagebrush Steppe:
A Field and Lab Training

June 8 – 10, Elko, NV

Arnold (Jerry) Tiehm, herbarium curator at the University of Nevada, Reno, will lead a field and lab training in Elko County designed to familiarize participants with common plants of the sagebrush steppe. The course will include an introduction to flower morphology, present examples of many different types and forms of flowers, and introduce students to the use of dichotomous keys for identifying plants to family. These concepts will be introduced in a lab setting on the first workshop day. Students will spend the second day in the field, practicing introductory skills and collecting material to dissect and identify in lab on day three. This course is appropriate for botanical beginners and as a refresher for intermediate students. 

For details and registration information, see the Plant ID Event Flyer.

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Jun
9
9:00am 9:00am

Malheur Experiment Station Weed Control Tour

Malheur Experiment Station
WEED CONTROL TOUR

Tuesday, June 9, 2016, Registration starting at 8:30 AM,
Tour starting at 9:00 AM

Presented by the Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station.

Complimentary lunch will be served.

Please reserve lunch by calling Janet Jones, (541) 889-2174, or by emailing her at janet.jones@oregonstate.edu

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Jun
1
to Jun 3

GBFSE Free Field Workshop: Evaluating Resistance and Resilience to Invasive Annuals

Rick Miller, Professor Emeritus of Range and Fire Ecology; Jeremy Maestas, Sagebrush Ecosystem Specialist, NRCS; and local hosts will discuss tools to rapidly assess resilience to disturbance (ability of a treatment area to recover), resistance to invasive annuals, predict successional pathways, and determine the need and suitability for seeding on potential vegetation treatment areas and areas burned by wildfire.

Registration is required. Click below to register—

Alturas, CA: June 1 Bryon Hadwick, NRCS

 Baker City, OR: June 3 Lars Santana and Aaron Roth, NRCS

 These discussions will be based on two field guides: Selecting the most appropriate treatment in sagebrush and pinon--juniper ecosystems in the Great Basin,” (PDF>) and “Rapid assessment of post--wildfire recovery in sagebrush and pinon--juniper ecosystems in the Great Basin.” (PDF>)

 For more information: Contact Génie MontBlanc at emb@cabnr.unr.edu or 775-784-1107

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May
20
9:00am 9:00am

"Bats, Bees, Birds, Butterflies and Bouquets: New Research in Pollination Biology"

 
 

The 14th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden, will highlight current research in pollination biology, from plant physiology and ecology to evolution and animal behavior. New approaches to the study of plant-animal interactions may provide promise to safeguard biodiversity both here in the U.S. and around the world. The invited speakers will cover a wide range of approaches to illustrate the challenges in plant-pollinator relationships in a rapidly changing world.
 

 Abstracts for poster presentations may be submitted online at botany.si.edu/sbs/.
The deadline for abstract submission is April 13.

 There is no registration fee, but attendees must register online at botany.si.edu/sbs/.
Visit the website, call 202-633-0920, or email sbs@si.edu for more information.

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May
17
to May 19

Watershed Vegetation Impacts under Climate Change (WVICC) Workshop

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Watershed Vegetation Impacts under Climate Change (WVICC)
A CCAWWG Workshop for Researchers and Resource Managers in
Water, Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
USGS Fort Collins Science Center
May 17-19

WHY: Bring together researchers and resource managers in the fields of water, agriculture, natural resources and the environment to learn how to scope, conduct, and document an assessment of climate change impacts on watershed vegetation and land cover. Key assessment ingredients include:

  1. Selecting an impacts assessment model: Identify a watershed hydrology model that can span large basins and simulate joint vegetation and hydrologic response to climate change and variability.

  2. Assembling historical vegetation and hydrological basin information: Basin information includes data on hydro-climate and vegetation, which may be available as wall-to-wall temporal “snapshots” or as time-series for limited areas within the basin.  

  3. Assembling projected basin information: Setup the impacts assessment model to simulate coupled vegetation and hydrological conditions under any climate scenario, utilizing historical estimates of land cover and vegetation for model validation.  

  4. Assembling projected future climate information: Develop future scenarios of climate change and associated basin hydro-climatic inputs for the impacts assessment simulations.

USGS North Central Climate Science (nccsc.colostate.edu) and CCAWWG (www.ccawwg.us) will co-host this workshop at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center (FORT).

HOW: Contrasting from past training courses in this professional development series, this training experience will feature a workshop format rather than an instructor-led, hands-on training. This contrast was motivated by the recognition that, compared with those for other training topics addressed to-date (e.g., hydrology, crop irrigation requirements, water temperature), the impacts assessment tools and methods that might be used for vegetation/land cover are still more research-grade and have yet to be frequently applied in the realm of resource planning and management.

This workshop will feature presentations and focused discussions about:

  • land surface models that simulate joint hydrology and vegetation dynamics that handle and respond to a changing climate

  • role of remote sensing for acquiring spatially explicit basin information

  • integration of independently-generated projected basin information for modeling, validation and interpretation

WHO: Federal and non-federal participants who produce or use eco-hydro-climatic inputs for resource management themes in water, agriculture, natural resources and the environment are invited attend. Expert presenters will be invited from different government and university research institutions. For logistics, please RSVP your intent to attend by April 17 2016; attendance will be capped at 30.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please write to any of the CCAWWG WVICC sub-committee members:
Jeffrey Morisette, morisettej@usgs.gov, Gabriel Senay, senay@usgs.gov, and Levi Brekke, lbrekke@usbr.gov

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May
9
to May 13

Seed Dispersal Workshop

This workshop will identify current gaps in our understanding of the role of seed dispersal in plant populations and determine how to address these outstanding gaps in order to move towards a predictive understanding of plant populations under global change. Seed dispersal ecology is largely based on short-term, local-scale empirical studies for a small number of species or on theoretical dispersal models that often make simplified assumptions. These factors limit generality the ability to make quantitative predictions. By integrating data with models, the workshop will lead to computer experiments to:

  1. gain a mechanistic understanding of the role of dispersal in plant population dynamics;
  2. test theoretical predictions using empirical data; and
  3. conduct sensitivity analyses to determine the robustness of conclusions to the type of available data, to missing data, and to different types of models.

Gaps in knowledge and obstacles to progress will be identified, and scientific networking will be enhanced. We have selected a core group of 25 participants representing field ecologists, theoretical ecologists, and mathematical biologists, and are accepting applications to fill the remaining slots for this workshop.

Apply to Participate

 

Who can apply? You must be an early career scientist (e.g., grad students, postdocs, pre-tenure faculty) who studies the role of dispersal in populations from an empirical, theoretical, or mathematical approach. You must be able to commit to the entire week, and unfortunately, we cannot support anyone currently employed outside the U.S.

When and where is the workshop? May 9–13, 2016, at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland.

 What does it cost? All workshop costs (flight from anywhere in the U.S. to Maryland, housing, and food) will be covered for the selected participants.

How do I apply? Send your CV and a cover letter in a single PDF to: codisperse@gmail.com

 In your cover letter, briefly describe the following: 1) your mathematical, theoretical, or empirical approach to studying seed dispersal; 2) why you want to participate in this workshop; and 3) (if applicable) any relevant datasets you are willing to contribute to meta-analyses or review papers.

 When are applications due? Applications are due by January 25, 2016.

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May
3
to May 5

Climate Change Science and Communication in the Pacific West

What’s really going on with climate change in the Pacific West? And how do you engage your audiences in climate issues? Please “Save the Dates” and plan to join Earth to Sky for their free, in-person workshop-style course led by partners from NASA, National Park Service, and other Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.
 
This course will provide a foundation in climate science with emphasis on the connection of global to local processes and on climate impacts of direct relevance to western coastal states. Participants will discuss and practice selected methods for successful climate communication, and become connected with the growing Earth to Sky community of practice – over 700 communicators and scientists from a variety of national and local organizations gaining and sharing expertise on this topic. Participants will depart with cutting edge knowledge about climate change, and a plan for bringing the climate story to your visitors in engaging and inspiring ways. Learn more about the course from the Save the Date announcement.

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Apr
26
to Apr 27

2016 Collaborative Restoration Workshop

The 2016 Collaborative Restoration Workshop will be a forum for sharing innovative approaches to collaborative restoration, tools, and lessons about planning, implementing, and monitoring restoration efforts on and around National Forest System lands. Through a series of plenary sessions and five breakout tracks, participants will engage deeply in discussing the successes, challenges, and critical questions facing community partners, the U.S. Forest Service, and others working on collaborative efforts. Through the lenses of science, collaboration, planning, and monitoring, we hope you’ll think critically about amplifying restoration and working together towards success in the future.

 

For more details and registration visit:

https://www.nationalforests.org/collaboration-resources/collaborative-restoration-workshop

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Apr
18
to Apr 22

National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration - NCER 2016

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Individuals working in large scale or small scale ecosystem restoration are invited to submit an abstract describing their efforts, science, projects and results. Abstracts may be submitted for oral or poster presentation, and will be published electronically in the book of abstracts.

Important Deadlines

January 8, 2016
Abstracts Due

February 3, 2016
Abstract Submitters Notified of
Acceptance Status

February 26, 2016
Presenter Registration Deadline to Confirm

March 11, 2016
Hotel Reservation Deadline

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Apr
11
to Apr 15

5th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

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What You Can Expect from this Conference

A highly educational/engaging and entertaining week featuring selected keynote addresses, numerous plenary, concurrent, and poster presentations, panel discussions, vendor exhibits/displays, and other special sessions (e.g. field trips, staff ride) that will advance the knowledge and practice of fire behavior and fuels management in the field of Wildland Fire and support sounds choices in fire management.

Who Should Attend this Event?

We encourage participation of government and non-government staff and volunteers at all levels, including:

  • Firefighters
  • Fire and Land Managers
  • Researchers and Scientists
  • Educators
  • Fire Management Consultants
  • Community engagement specialists
  • University Students
  • Members of the Public interested in planned burning
  • Anyone who has a vested interest in dealing with wildland fire and bushfire in the future.
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Apr
11
to Apr 14

Restoration of Sagebrush Ecosystems (NTC# 1730-60)

Restoration of Sagebrush Ecosystems (NTC# 1730-60)"
Boise, ID - April 11-14

BLM's National Training Center (NTC), assisted by the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange, is holding a class on "Restoration of Sagebrush Ecosystems (NTC# 1730-60)" in Boise from April 11-14.

The class covers restoration prioritization, treatments including seeding, implementation, and monitoring (see attached class flow chart).  A class case study is integrated into each module to practice course components.  This is an interdisciplinary course that is applicable to all resource and fire (fuels) specialists involved in native plant restoration, post-fire rehabilitation, fuels management, etc.  Instructors include BLM, USGS, ARS, and NRCS specialists.  

Class size will be limited to 70 students and is open to Department of Interior (DOI) and non-DOI participants (may be tuition charges for non-DOI).  You can register for the class at https://www.doi.gov/doilearn/. The student roster decision will be made on March 4. After March 4, if seats are still available they will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  

Questions on registration can be directed to:

 Phillip Cooley (pcooley@blm.gov or 602-906-5511) 
and course content questions to Mike Pellant (mpellant@blm.gov) or 208-373-3823.

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Mar
23
to Mar 26

Joint Meeting of the Northwest Scientific Association and Centeral Oregon Fire Science Symposium

Join the Northwest Scientific Association (NWSA) and Central Oregon Fire Science Symposium for their Joint Meeting--Living on the Edge of Change: Exploring the dimensions of restoring fire resilient landscapes, culture, and economies on the Cascade Range's eastside. NWSA is 96 years old and aspires to be an inclusive venue for science in the greater Pacific Northwest. In addition to holding annual meetings, it also publishes the journal Northwest Science and offers grants to help fund student research. Learn more about the symposium on the Northwest Scientific Association website.

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Mar
22
to Mar 23

2016 Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program Annual Meeting

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It has been a busy year for native plant materials!

New Federal strategies such as the National Native Seed Strategy and National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators, as well as events like the National Native Seed Conference, have underscored the importance of regional programs like the CPNPP. 

Therefore I hope that everyone who has anything to do with native plant materials in our region will be able to join us in Page!

 CPNPP invites your:

1.     Proposals for Sessions.  Due December 15, 2015

2.      Abstract submissions.  500 word limit.  Due January 15, 2016

3.     Requests for Partner or Vendor Exhibit space (limited)

4.     Sponsorships for refreshments during breaks or evening socialEvent Menu

 Please send all inquiries and submissions to:
Adrienne Pilmanis, CPNPP Coordinator, apilmani@blm.gov; 801-539-4076

 

We expect detailed Program and Agenda information, including any evening socials or field trips, will be announced in February.

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Mar
12
9:00am 9:00am

Native Wildflower Field Production Day

NATIVE WILDFLOWER SEED PRODUCTION FIELD DAY
May 12, 2016, Registration starting at 8:30 AM,
Program starting at 9:00 AM

Presented by the Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station, Eastern Oregon Stewardship Services, Bureau of Land Management, Clearwater Supply, and Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project.

Complimentary lunch will be served.

Please reserve lunch by calling Janet Jones, (541) 889-2174, or by emailing her at janet.jones@oregonstate.edu

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Mar
8
8:00am 8:00am

Utah Rare Plant Meeting

Utah Rare Plant Meeting
Tuesday, March 8th 2016, 8am to 4pm
Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

The Utah Native Plant Society and the Garrett Herbarium (located within the Utah Natural History Museum on the University of Utah campus) are pleased to announce the opening of registration for the next annual Utah rare plant meeting.

Who should attend? Researchers, students, Federal, State, local agencies, consultants, and the public are welcome to attend and present.

 Presenter/poster abstract deadline is:   February 22, 2016.

If you have research relating to vascular or non-vascular plants of the Intermountain West or their ecosystems, we would encourage you to soon get in touch with us and make plans to attend and present.

 For more details visit:
http://www.unps.org/urpm2016.html

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Feb
23
to Feb 25

Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation: All Hands, All Lands

Joint conference of the Great Basin Consortium and a WAFWA-sponsored sagebrush science and management meeting

February 23-26, 2016 • Salt Lake City, Utah

Registration is now open for the Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation Conference for February 23-25, 2016. The Great Basin Consortium has joined forces with the  Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and Utah State University to put together this conference. Take a look at the website below and register soon for early registration. 

The Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation: All Lands, All Hands Conference will be held February 23 to 25, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Great Basin Consortium, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and Utah State University are co-sponsoring this conference to continue sharing the latest information and to plan for the conservation, restoration, and maintenance of resilient sagebrush ecosystems. Session topics are listed below.  Early Bird Registration is $175 and is available until January 22, 2016. Regular registration will be available after Jan. 22 until Feb. 17, 2016, for $200.  Online streaming will be available for $75. Please see our website for details:  www.sagebrushconference2016.org 

Recent unprecedented collaboration between management agencies, scientists, private landowners, industry, and others working to sustain healthy sagebrush ecosystems across all boundaries demonstrates the effectiveness of this approach.  The conference will highlight and enhance the work of wildlife and land managers, scientists, students, private landowners and industry, and others to sustain healthy and resilient sagebrush ecosystems.

Sessions Include:

Weed Summit Outcome
Fire Season Review and 2016 Outlook
Brome Grasses: impacts, invasiveness, socioeconomics, and management prospects
Multi-species Management
Conifer Expansion: science and management
Engaging Stakeholders - What works, what doesn’t and why?
Putting Resilience and Resistance Concepts into Practice
Traditional Knowledges for Resource Managers
Livestock Grazing and the Sagebrush Ecosystems: Policy and Management
Hydrology of Sagebrush Ecosystems
Native Plants
Livestock Grazing and Sagebrush Ecosystems: Science and Management
Seed Strategy
Managing Wildfire
Vulnerability Assessments for Managers
Invasive Plant Species
Landscape Conservation Design
Poster Session

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Feb
10
to Feb 11

27th Idaho Rare Plant Conference

The 27th Idaho Rare Plant Conference aims to be informative with scientific presentations and panel speakers, professional with opportunities to make connections with fellow plant enthusiasts, and exciting.

Packard's milkvetch, Astragalus cusickii var. packardiae, is our highlighted species this year, but we will discuss many other rare and interesting plants during the conference.

Stay tuned... there will be more details about the conference in the New Year.

Registration now open.
 http://idahonativeplants.org/rare-plant-conference/

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Western Invasive Weed Summit
Nov
17
to Nov 19

Western Invasive Weed Summit

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The purpose is to convene a summit of federal departments (i.e., DOI, USDA, DOC, etc) and agencies, state and local government agencies, tribes and key non-government organizations to review existing invasive species mandates and programs, and to set a coordinated plan of action for invasive plant management in the West.

The goal of the summit is to build on the recent Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) publication, Invasive Plant Management and Greater Sage-grouse Conservation: A Review and Status Report with Strategic Recommendations for Improvement (Ielmini et al 2015). We will refine the report’s challenges and barriers and develop recommendations for securing adequate and consistent program funding at local, state, and federal levels.

We will identify federal department orders and other direction for accelerating invasive weed management activities at all levels to meet the needs of GRSG conservation across the western United States. The final product of the Summit will be the development of an Action Plan to help guide state and federal agencies, local governments and private entities in a coordinated and effective approach to addressing this important conservation issue.

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Oct
28
to Oct 29

Restoring the West Conference 2015

Humans have used fire to manage forest vegetation for a long time. However, relatively recent changes in fire regimes have presented challenges for people tasked with managing these dynamic ecological systems. Climate change, drought, increasing fuel loads and disease-stricken trees have many researchers considering the role of fire as a tool for restoration. This conference will bring together leading experts, land managers and scientists for a two-day discussion on this timely topic.

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Oct
26
to Oct 27

2015 Medusahead Symposium and Nevada Weed Management Association Conference

The Nevada Weed Management Association (NWMA) is hosting its 2015 conference in conjunction with a Medusahead Symposium, October 26-29, at the Nugget Hotel & Casino in Sparks, Nevada.

The Medusahead Symposium will take place October 26-27. The first day of the Symposium will consist of presentations concerning medusahead and its environmental and economic impacts. Day two will be a continuation of the first day’s discussions with a morning bus tour of medusahead infestations. There is no cost to participate in this event, but those anticipating to attend are asked to pre-register so that a headcount may be estimated for food, beverages and tour participants.

The NWMA Conference will take place October 28-29. The theme for this event is “Catalyst for Change: Opening the Conversation for Changing Nevada’s Noxious Weed Program.” The Conference will encompass several presentations on topics including the politics of noxious weeds, greater sage-grouse and noxious weeds and the Healthy Habitats legislation. Presenters for these sessions have been invited from throughout Nevada, as well as several neighboring states.

The NWMA Conference will also include several breakout sessions that will allow participants to earn continuing education units (CEUs) required for the renewal of applicator licenses. Breakout sessions will be: Biology, Restoration and New Technologies; Mapping and GIS; Pesticides, New Chemicals, and Adjuvants; Integrated Pest Management; Laws and Regulations; Nevada Regional Updates.
 

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