Roundtable: Rangeland Challenges in Western States, Wildfire and Habitat Conservation
When and Where: October 20, 2016 in Boise, Idaho
Host: Western Governors’ Association
Presenters: Moderator: Don Kemner, Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Panelists: Jeremy Maestas, Natural Resources Conservation Service; Mike Courtney, BLM Twin Falls District Manager; Brenda Richards, Owyhee County Rancher; Allen Rowley, USFS Rangeland Management Director.
Description: This roundtable is part of the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative, the central policy initiative of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock in his capacity as Chair of the Western Governors’ Association. SGI staff member Jeremy Maestas will share how the Resilience & Resistance Index is being applied to managing the twin threats of cheatgrass and wildfire in sage grouse country.
The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.