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Abstract

Abstract – The Shoesole Management Team (Shoesole) and the Stewardship Alliance of Northeastern Elko (SANE) are place-based, landowner-organized, natural and human resource conservation initiatives. The Shoesole was organized in 2002 to take a more holistic approach to grazing management issues on two federal livestock grazing allotments. This effort provided the foundation for SANE, which was organized in 2012 by representatives of eight ranches in northeastern Nevada in response to the potential listing of the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; sage-grouse). Shoesole and SANE came together voluntarily, as a rancher organized initiative, with a common goal of creating a better place-based conservation decision-making process. The SANE and Shoesole encompass over 688,000 ha in northeastern Nevada of which 200,000 ha is privately-owned and 488,000 ha of public land allotments managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Over fifty percent of the sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) habitat in SANE area was designated a Sagebrush Focal Area in the BLM Resource Plan and USFS Land Use Plan sage-grouse amendments. The SANE includes state and federal land management and resource agencies with regulatory and management authority in the region. The SANE group tackled the planning and implementation of sound conservation management through the development of a Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation Plan. Both Shoesole and SANE are collaborative, consensus based local working groups that developed from the ground up. The groups address the social science side of the range management and sage-grouse equation through a facilitated collaborative model that builds trusting relationships, as the foundation of solution, place-based resource management.