Nevada’s State Conservation Partnership provides a forum for coordinating people and projects focused on habitat conservation and restoration. Its vision is for effective and efficient project implementation to conserve diverse habitats benefiting multiple species through the cooperation of various partners. The goals of the SCP include supporting partnerships with broad involvement and increased knowledge and information sharing among partners.
Susan Abele works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Nevada State Coordinator. She grew up in Arkansas but moved West to complete her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Oregon before discovering that people were actually paid to go into the woods to study wildlife. On that fateful day, she applied for her first wildlife technician job with the Bureau of Land Management and later with the U.S. Forest Service in western Oregon. After spending a few glorious years spending most days outside, she obtained her M.S. at the University of Idaho. In 2004, she moved to Reno, Nevada and worked as a Conservation Planner for The Nature Conservancy until she moved into her current position in 2011. Susan loves the rich culture and history of the ranching community. Working with them and other private landowners to find win‐wins for landowner objectives and conservation has been a dream job for her. “Serving as a co‐chair of the Intermountain West Joint Venture State Conservation Partnership has been a highlight of my career. It’s been a perfect opportunity to learn about what others are doing across the West and bring some of those lessons back to Nevada.” Susan enjoys traveling with her family, trail running, hiking, telemark skiing, and getting outside with her dogs.
John works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Applications program as the Nevada Science Coordinator. John has been working in the Great Basin and sagebrush communities since 1997. After earning his B.S. in Forest Wildlife Management from Stephen F. Austin University, he worked in the Sonoran Desert studying desert mule deer for his Master’s before moving to Reno, NV and completing his Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno. He got involved in sage-grouse and sagebrush conservation in 2007 working in the NGO arena, then three years with the Nevada Department of Wildlife prior to his current job. John has worked in numerous collaborations. including sage-grouse land use planning and results-based grazing, to achieve positive, conservation-oriented outcomes in the Great Basin. He is particularly interested in the interface of science, policy, and management.