Background

The Great Basin is considered to be one of the most endangered ecoregions in the United States. The human population is expanding at the highest rate in the nation, and major sociological and ecological changes there are occurring across the Great Basin. These changes can be attributed to numerous interacting factors including urbanization, changing technology and land use, climate change, limited water resources, altered fire regimes, invasive species, insects, and disease. Managers across the Great Basin are increasingly challenged to maintain or improve the ecological condition of these systems and the services that they provide while meeting the needs of a growing number of user groups with diverse and often opposing interests. Sustaining the ecosystems, resources and human populations of the Great Basin will require strong collaborative partnerships among research and management organizations in the region.

Goals and Desired Outcomes: The GBRMP promotes comprehensive and complementary research and management collaborations to sustain ecosystems, resources and communities across the Great Basin. The specific goals of the GBRMP are to:

  1. Maximize integration of science and management through partnerships and technology transfer.
  2. Provide leadership and commitment to an integrated organizational framework linking science and management to address priority natural-resource and socio-economic issues in the Great Basin.
  3. Expand and facilitate inter-disciplinary, multi-organizational teams focused on problem solving through collaborative management and research.
  4. Identify opportunities to leverage resources, minimize duplication, and pursue additional support and resources toward shared goals.
  5. Implement communication and information sharing that enhances problem solving, demonstrates measurable results, and increases public support for Great Basin sustainability.
  6. Produce measurable and meaningful outcomes in support of its mission and goals.

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