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Agenda (pdf)

Conference Location: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Downtown Boise

Wednesday, November 5 - Summit Room

7:15 Registration/Check-in Begins (in hallway adjacent to Summit Room)
8:00 Opening Session
Call to Order: Jesse Juen, BLM New Mexico State Director and Conference Master of Ceremonies
Welcome: Tim Murphy, BLM Idaho State Director
Keynote: Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior
Opening Remarks: Tim Murphy, Moderator
Janice Schneider, Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals, DOI
Dan Ashe, Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management
Conference Overview: Jesse Juen and Susan Hayman, Conference Facilitator
9:30 Break
9:45 Overview of Rangeland Fire in the Great Basin Sagebrush Steppe
Moderator: Anne Kinsinger, Associate Director for Ecosystems, US Geological Survey
Wildfire in the Great Basin and Challenges for the Future:
Dr. Rick Miller, Professor Emeritus of Range Ecology and Management, Oregon State University
Influence of Fire on Sagebrush-Obligate Wildlife in the Great Basin: Dr. Jeff Beck, Associate Professor, Wildlife Habitat Restoration Ecology, University of Wyoming
Climate, Wildfire, and Great Basin Ecosystems: Dr. Matt Germino, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey
Participant Q&A
11:30 Lunch (on your own)
12:30 Panel: Management Moving Forward - States' Perspectives on Managing Fire and Sagebrush-Steppe Challenges
Moderator: Will Whelan, The Nature Conservancy, Idaho Director of State Government Relations
Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Leo Drozdoff, Director, Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Kathleen Clarke, Director, Utah Public Lands Coordination Office
Brett Brownscombe, Natural Resource Advisor to Oregon Governor Kitzhaber
Panel Discussion and Participant Q&A
1:45 Break
2:00 Priorities and Strategies for Sage-grouse Habitat
Moderator: Carol Schuler, USGS-FRESC Director, Northwest Region
A State Director's Perspective: Amy Leuders, BLM Nevada State Director
Fire: Improving our ability to reduce wildfire and invasive impacts through accelerated partner collaboration: Jeremy Maestas, NRCS Sage Grouse Initiative Technical Lead
Using Resistance and Resilience Concepts to Reduce Impacts of Invasive Annual Grasses and Altered Fire Regimes on the Sagebrush Ecosystem and Greater Sage-Grouse: Dr. Jeanne Chambers, US Forest Service Research Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Conducting Fire and Invasives Assessments to address Wildfire, Invasive Annual Grass, and Conifer Expansion in the Great Basin: Doug Havlina, BLM Fire Ecologist and Fire and Invasive Species Assessment Team Lead
Participant Q&A
3:30 Break
3:45 Panel: Rangeland Fire in the Great Basin - Challenges and Needs from a Field Perspective
Moderator: Jay Gibbs, Basin Leader, NRCS-Oregon
Rosey Thomas, BLM Ely District Manager
Jose Noriega, US Forest Service Ely District Ranger
John Kasbohm, Project Leader, Sheldon-Hart National Wildlife Refuge
Panel Discussion and Participant Q&A
4:30 Why All This Matters
Presenter: Dr. John Freemuth, Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Boise State University
5:00 Day 1 Closing Remarks and Announcements
Jesse Juen and Susan Hayman

Thursday, November 6 - Summit Room

8:00 Introduction of Day 2 and Announcements
Jesse Juen and Susan Hayman
8:05 Status Updates: Senior Policy Group and Senior Fire Management/Operations Group
Janice Schneider and Rex McKnight, Fire Management Officer, BLM Nevada
8:20 The Effects of Rangeland Fire on Sage-grouse: A Fish and Wildlife Service Perspective
Presenter: Ted Koch, US Fish & Wildlife Service - Nevada State Supervisor
Participant Q&A
8:50 Before the Fire: Rangeland Mitigation Treatments that Work
Moderator: Jim Stovall, Pecos District Manager, BLM New Mexico
Short-Term Effects of Sagebrush-Steppe Restoration Treatments on Herbaceous Vegetation: the SageSTEP Project: Dr. Jim McIver, Associate Professor of Forestry and Rangelands, Oregon State University
Effective Treatments: Lance Okeson, BLM Boise Fuels District Specialist
Decision Support for Sage-Steppe Protection: Designing a Regional Network of Strategic Fuel Breaks to Benefit the Greater Sage-Grouse: Dr. Bob Unnasch, Director of Science for Idaho, The Nature Conservancy
10:00 Break
10:15 Before the Fire: Rangeland Mitigation Treatments that Work (cont'd)
Linear Fuel Breaks:
Mike Fettic, BLM Winnemucca District Fire Management Officer
A Rancher's View of Fire and Grazing Management: Todd Black, Deseret Land and Livestock
Managing Landscapes for Sage-grouse with an Emphasis on Fire and Greenstripping:
Dr. Terry Messmer, Professor of Wildland Resources, Utah State University
Participant Q&A
11:35 Break
11:45 Lunch and Panel Presentation (Falcon Room)
Moderator: Jeremy Maestas, NRCS-Oregon
Connecting scientists and managers: Lessons from the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange: Genie MontBlanc, Program Coordinator, University of Nevada, Reno
Sharing the Story of the Sage-grouse: Lisa Eller, The Nature Conservancy, Idaho Communications Director
12:25 Presentation: A Perspective on Fire Policy and Management
Policy and Analysis in the Larger Picture: Rocky Barker, Environmental Reporter, Idaho Statesman
12:45 Panel Discussion, including Rocky Barker, and Participant Q&A
1:00 Break
1:15 Panel: During the Fire - Strategies and Tactics (Summit Room)
Moderator: Julia Sullens, Southern Idaho Fire Program Liaison, Idaho Department of Lands
Battalion Chief's View: Lindsey Neiwert, BLM Battalion Chief, Boise District
Center Manager's Perspective: Jill Lenguineche, US Forest Service, Southwest Idaho Dispatch Center Manager
Local and Rural Fire Engagement: Rich Harvey, Deputy State Forester, Nevada Department of Forestry and Type 1 Incident Commander
Rangeland Fire Protective Associations: Darcy Helmick, Saylor Creek RFPA
Panel Discussion and Participant Q&A
2:30 Break
2:45 After the Fire: What Works, What Needs to Change
Moderator: Mike Pellant, BLM, Great Basin Restoration Initiative Coordinator
Effectiveness of Sagebrush-Steppe Post-Fire Rehabilitation Projects: Dr. David Pyke, USGS Supervisory Research Ecologist
Application of Current Research in Post-fire Management: Jeff Rose, BLM Associate District Manager, Burns, Oregon
Precision Restoration Treatments: Dr. Jay Kerby, Southeast Oregon Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Participant Q&A
4:15 On the Horizon: Potential New Tools to Improve Rangeland Health
Moderator: John Cissel, Joint Fire Science Program Manager
Cheatgrass Die-Off as a Restoration Opportunity: Dr. Susan Meyer, US Forest Service Research Ecologist
Simulation Modelling and Emerging Technologies and Understanding and Prioritizing Management Actions: Dr. Matt Reeves, US Forest Service, Rangeland Specialist
The Use of Seed Enhancement to Improve Sagebrush Establishment Across and Elevation Gradient: Dr. April Hulet, Range and Forest Management Researcher, Agricultural Research Services
Participant Q&A
5:15 Summary of Day 2 and Announcements
Jesse Juen and Susan Hayman
5:30-7:30 After-Hours Casual Conversation Session
Snacks and refreshments available

Friday, November 7 - Summit Room

8:00 Introduction of Day 3 and Announcements
Jesse Juen and Susan Hayman
8:10 Move to Breakout Rooms

Breakout Sessions (two groups that rotate participants at 9:30)
Senior Policy Group (Peregrine Room)
Moderators: Dr. John Freemuth, BSU and Laurie Kurth, US Forest Service


Senior Fire Management/Operations Group (Kestrel/Merlin Room)
Moderators: Bud Cribley, BLM Alaska State Director and Tami DeFries, Associate Manager, Alaska Fire Service

10:30 Break
10:45 Senior Policy Group and Senior Fire Management/Operations Group Summary (Summit Room)
Senior Policy Group and Senior Fire Management/Operations Group will summarize outcomes from the morning meetings.
11:15 Closing Remarks, Final Thoughts and Next Steps
Moderator: Jesse Juen
Janice Schneider, DOI Assistant Secretary Lands and Minerals
Daniel Ashe, Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management
12:00 Conference Adjourned