Tuesday December 8th
8:15 am Status, Trends, Actions and Opportunities: A 2020 Review of Sagebrush and Sage-Grouse in Oregon Rangelands and Beyond
9:30 am What’s Fueling Rangeland Wildfire Response: A Moderated Panel on Federal and Field Level Resource
Ashley Ahearn left her job at the leading NPR station in Seattle and moved to rural Washington sagebrush country after the 2016 election. There, she fell in love with sage grouse. She'll talk about what these strange, troubled birds can teach us about ourselves, our relationship with nature, and the divisions we face in our country today. Ashley will play excerpts from her 8-part podcast series, Grouse, which aired on NPR member stations across ID, MT, UT, WY, and NV.
11:00 am Partner Perspectives and Reflections: Accounting for Adaptive Management
Wednesday December 9th
8:00 am Panel 1: Return on Investment in Oregon's Rangelands: Local Economies, Jobs and Workforce
Investment in the context of Oregon’s sagebrush country from the federal, state, and private sector has been significant over time (approaching $100 million dollars since 2015). The impacts of this funding are directly tied to rangeland health, sagebrush ecosystem habitat restoration, or threat reduction (e.g., wildfire risk, invasives, juniper) as well as workforce and economic impacts at the local level. This panel will explore the status and impacts of investments, potential development projects, and sustainability of the framework for advancing these efforts (regulatory framework and political context for investments). Further, as economic development prospects and projects (energy transmission, mining, renewable energy production, etc.) emerge in Eastern Oregon, counties are working to ensure the diversification of opportunities on the horizon align with sagebrush landscape priorities.
9:30 am Panel 2: Collaborative Conservation: Achieving Meaningful Outcomes
Achieving conservation outcomes is challenging, especially when the collection of threats is so complex, as in the case with sage-grouse and sagebrush ecosystems. Collaborative partnerships are one approach amongst a variety of strategies or approaches people take to try and get their interests met. Can a collaborative partnership actually work?
- Jeremy Austin - Policy Manger, Oregon Natural Desert Association
- Amy Sturgill - Bi-State Sage-Grouse Data and Communications Coordinator
- Dr. Jessica Western - Senior Research Scientist - Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, University of Wyoming
- Moderated by: Ashley Ahearn
11:00 am The Future of the SageCon Partnership: Takeaways and Looking Ahead