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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

We will develop a rigorous scientific assessment of landscape connectivity from the perspective of multiple system components that can be used to inform management and policy in Nevada. The Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act and the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act are examples of specific, current opportunities to use science to prioritize land acquisition and allocation of multiple land uses. We will examine natural and, especially, anthropogenic drivers that may affect connectivity for riparian systems, sagebrush steppe, sage grouse, and pronghorn. This process, and its application to management and policy, will be enhanced by participation of a multidisciplinary group of approximately 20 scientists and practitioners who are dedicating their time and expertise to the effort. We anticipate that products of geospatial analyses will be used to explore alternative scenarios of land use, climate change, and management options in Nevada. We anticipate that the products will be used by scientists, land managers, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

Principal Investigator(s)

Erica Fleishman

Project Dates

Start: May 2, 2007

End: May 1, 2010



Bethany A. Bradley
Princeton University
Jeanne Chambers
USDA Forest Service
Nora Devoe
Bureau of Land Management
Brett G. Dickson
Northern Arizona University
John Fay
Duke University
Erica Fleishman
University of California, Santa Barbara
Robert Hopper
US Department of the Interior
Steve Knick
US Geological Survey (USGS)
Matthias Leu
US Geological Survey (USGS)
Don Major
Bureau of Land Management
Dennis Murphy
University of Nevada, Reno
Nathan H. Schumaker
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Joe Tague
Bureau of Land Management
Ken Visser
Bureau of Land Management