Duane Coombs

Duane Coombs, Outcome-Based Grazing Program Coordinator/Sagebrush Collaborative Conservation Specialist


As the Sagebrush Collaborative Conservation Specialist, Duane’s task with the IWJV is to support a broad array of partners in implementing proactive, partner-driven conservation actions throughout the range of the sagebrush ecosystem. In particular, he is working with public and private partners to implement habitat demonstration projects in priority landscapes as part of the 2016 agreement between the IWJV and BLM, and transfer models of success.  Duane received a B.S. in Range Science from Utah State University and has 25 years of experience managing ranches in the Great Basin.  Duane has been recognized with several awards based on his management and stewardship of rangelands; these include the 2010 BLM Rangeland Stewardship Award and a co-recipient of the 2016 Regional Environmental Stewardship Award given jointly by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Duane is proud of his ranching heritage and was honored to have the opportunity to speak about communities and conservation at the 2015 announcement of the decision not to list the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act.  Duane lives in Battle Mountain, Nevada with his wife, Heather and daughter Desatoya (Desi) among a small pack of cow dogs and herd of stock horses.