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Sean Finn

Fish & Wildlife Administrator

Office Phone: 208 426-2697
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The sagebrush ecosystem is the largest ecosystem type in the continental U.S., providing habitat for more than 350 associated fish and wildlife species. In recognition of the need to conserve a healthy sagebrush ecosystem to provide for the long-term conservation of its inhabitants, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and United States Geological Survey (USGS) developed the Conservation Efforts Database version 2.0.0 (CED). The purpose of the CED is to efficiently capture the unprecedented level of conservation plans and actions being implemented throughout the sagebrush ecosystem and designed to capture actions not only for its most famous resident, the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter,...
This website provides Sage Steppe Partner Forum members forum information and a workspace for members to collaborate and contribute (ideas, news, project information, files, etc.) Features Include: Partner contact information data entry Contact information listings News and update distribution Date/time tracking Document distribution
The purpose of this strategic conservation framework is to articulate the rationale, approach, and priorities for the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) that reflects the unique geography and regional natural resource issues. The information presented in this document is summarized from background research on existing landscape initiatives (place-, issue-, or species-based) and other regionally summarized ecological and landscape information relevant to the Great Northern geography. The conservation targets identified in this document are based on research with conservation partners and ongoing landscape-scaled initiatives. We collected and reviewed over 50 documents that may be relevant...
Prior to the exercise, participants were provided with (gnlcc_framework_final_small.pdf, GNLCC_Priorities_Crosswalk_Exercise1_Goals_Stressors_Targets_1-12-16b.pptx) which includes the guidance from the Steering Committee (Fall 2015 meeting, Missoula) to “narrow GNLCC priorities” through an “improved process focusing on needs and outcomes”. Staff initiated a process to cross-walk sets of GNLCC principles (e.g., Goals, Stressors, Targets) to parse and refine the potential array of priorities (see .pptx for more detail). The process included a series of polls conducted in real time during a live Adobe Connect session. Participants were given time to support their choices using text-based chat boxes and phone connections....
The Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) encompasses over 280 million acres, includes parts of 6 states and 2 Canadian provinces, and must address issues that overlap with over 30 management and research entities. The data management framework will include options to deal with very large datasets as well as treatment of local data collection and project tracking efforts. The goal of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative process is to help resource managers address landscape-scale stressors. The issues facing these managers include habitat fragmentation, genetic isolation, spread of invasive species, and water scarcity, as well as how these issues are accelerated by climate change. Addressing...
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