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Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Project Records

 Collection
Identifier: 2007-14
The Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Project was an initiative taken by Governor Kenny Guinn in 2000 to create a strategy for protecting the declining populations of Sage Grouse in Nevada without having the Sage Grouse listed as a threatened or endangered species, a listing Guinn felt would have a negative impact on the state of Nevada. The Governor formed a state level team in 2000 that worked with national, regional and local area Sage Grouse conservation planning teams, especially in Nevada and portions of eastern California where Sage Grouse habitats are located. While hundreds of individuals and many local conservation groups such as the Sierra Club participated during the planning process, many federal and state agencies involved were also committed to implementing the plan's actions. These agencies included the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the California Department of Fish and Game, among others. The final version of the plan, issued in June 2004, is included.

Dates

  • 1998-2006
  • Majority of material found within 2000 - 2003

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

4 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

Abstract

The Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Project was an initiative taken by Governor Kenny Guinn in 2000 to create a strategy for protecting the declining populations of Sage Grouse in Nevada.The records consist of materials created by conservation groups and federal and state agencies in conjunction with the creation of conservation plans and strategies regarding the plight of the Sage Grouse. The final version of the plan, issued in June 2004, is included.

Administrative History

The Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Project was an initiative taken by Governor Kenny Guinn in 2000 to create a strategy for protecting the declining populations of Sage Grouse in Nevada. This project was launched partly in response to, or in anticipation of, unnamed groups petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an attempt to have the Sage Grouse listed as a threatened or endangered species. Governor Guinn was concerned that such a listing would have a negative impact on the state of Nevada. The Governor planned to form a state level team that would work with both national and local area Sage Grouse conservation planning teams. It was hoped that creating a viable conservation strategy that resulted in agreements to protect the Sage Grouse and its habitats in Nevada would preempt an attempt to list the bird as endangered. The group’s mission statement was: "To conserve and protect Nevada's sage grouse and their habitat".

Some groups such as one in Elko and another representing Northwest Nevada had begun meeting prior to the governor's implementation of a State level conservation team. On June 23, 2000, Governor Guinn invited Rose Strickland of the Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter who had already been involved with the Elko group's efforts to protect the Sage Grouse, to serve on the statewide Sage Grouse conservation planning team (see Series 3) as he anticipated her participation would ensure a successful outcome. Strickland would also later serve on the Washoe-Modoc local group planning team which was formed as the Northwest Nevada Sage Grouse Working Group in early 2000. In addition to Strickland the governor invited representatives from 23 statewide interest groups.

The initial projected schedule for the Governor's Team was as follows: Team Formation, July 1, 2000; Scoping, August to December 2000; Statewide Planning Document, March 2001; Local Area Conservation Plans, April 2000 to December 2002. The first meeting of the Governor's Team was on August 8 and 9, 2000 and the last meeting before turning the resulting plan over to the local groups was September 11, 2001.

The Governor's team in the form of various subcommittees continued to meet irregularly after the local teams began their work to give guidance for ongoing efforts. Local groups were charged with developing the actual conservation and action plans for their regions. The material in these files covers the governor's team meetings as well as the Northwest (Washoe-Modoc) local team group's meetings. In June 2004 the Washoe-Modoc group completed their region's plan. Local and state groups continued to meet to discuss implementation issues as well as issues that impacted the plight of the Sage Grouse.

Arrangement

The records of the Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter, Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Project, are divided into the following series:

Series 1: Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group

Series 2: Northwest Nevada Sage Grouse Working Group

Series 3: Governor’s Sage Grouse Conservation Planning Team

Series 4: Washoe-Modoc Working Group

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records of Sierra Club's Toiyabe Chapter pertaining to the Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Project were deposited in the Special Collections Department in October 2007 by Rose Strickland, Public Lands Committee Chair.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the Records of the Nevada Sage Grouse Conservation Project
Status
completed
Author
Jacqueline Kent and Jacquelyn Sundstrand
Date
December 2010
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
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Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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