Conference Videos

Wednesday, November 5

Opening Session

Overview of Rangeland Fire in the Great Basin Sagebrush Steppe

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

Panel: Management Moving Forward - States' Perspectives on Managing Fire and Sagebrush-Steppe Challenges

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

Priorities and Strategies for Sage-grouse Habitat

A State Director's Perspective: Amy Lueders, 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

Panel: Rangeland Fire in the Great Basin - Challenges and Needs from a Field Perspective

Rosey Thomas, BLM Ely District Manager

Jose Noriega, US Forest Service Ely District Ranger

John Kasbohm, Project Leader, Sheldon-Hart National Wildlife Refuge

Why All This Matters

Presenter: Dr. John Freemuth, Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Boise State University

Thursday, November 6

The Effects of Rangeland Fire on Sage Grouse: A Fish and Wildlife Service Perspective

Presenter: Ted Koch, US Fish & Wildlife Service - Nevada State Supervisor

Before the Fire: Rangeland Mitigation Treatments that Work

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

Before the Fire: Rangeland Mitigation Treatments that Work (cont'd)

A Rancher's View of Fire and Grazing ManagementTodd 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

Lunch Panel and Presentation (video not available)

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

Presentation: A Perspective on Fire Policy and Management
Policy and Analysis in the Larger Picture: Rocky Barker, Environmental Reporter, Idaho Statesman

Panel: During the Fire - Strategies and Tactics

Center Manager's Perspective: Jill Leguineche, US Forest Service, Southwest Idaho Dispatch Center Manager

Battalion Chief's View: Lindsey Neiwart, BLM Battalion Chief, Boise District

Local and Rural Fire Engagement: Rich Harvey, Deputy State Forester, Nevada Division of Forestry and Type I Incident Commander

Rangeland Fire Protective Associations: Darcy Helmick, Saylor Creek RFPA

After the Fire: What Works, What Needs to Change ***mp4 video only available***

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

On the Horizon: Potential New Tools to Improve Rangeland Health

Cheatgrass Die-Off as a Restoration Opportunity: Dr. Susan Meyer, US Forest Service Research Ecologist

The Use of Seed Enhancement to Improve Sagebrush Establishment Across and Elevation Gradient: Dr. April Hulet, Range and Forest Management Researcher, Agricultural Research Services

Simulation Modelling and Emerging Technologies for Understanding and Prioritizing Management Actions: Dr. Matt Reeves, US Forest Service, Rangeland Scientist

Breakout Session: Fire Management Operations Group

Breakout Session: Policy Group

Closing Remarks