Mission: To bring together ranchers, conservationists, agencies, recreationists, scientists and others rangeland stakeholders to conserve and enhance the social, ecologic and economic values that rangelands provide through shared learning and action.
- Collaborative with an emphasis on consensus based approaches
- Inclusive and transparent
- Focus on shared learning
- Committed to science-based solutions that provide social, ecologic and economic benefits
- Act in good faith, promote respectful engagement and foster understanding
- Provide platform for member organizations to exchange information
- Build understanding and relationship among organizations to facilitate collaboration and leverage greater influence
- Foster funding, technical expertise and other support for collaborative and locally led initiatives/projects
- Host and support workshops, webinars and events to share learning (what works and what does not work)
- Support and share findings from various reports and analysis on a variety of topics such as, social & economic benefits of healthy rangelands, agency guidelines and policy, new tools/resources for monitoring and other topics
- Create a website that acts as a clearinghouse for rangeland partners with focus on linking to other sites with rangeland information
Advocate for Rangelands
- Development and use of an interdisciplinary approach to research & monitoring that utilizes multiple sources of valid and verified information, including academic, agency, landowner, user, citizen and organization
- Foster funding, technical expertise and other support for collaborative, objective and rangeland management
Outcome Based Land Management (“OBLM”)
A management strategy that focuses on achieving outcomes framed across landscapes that include ecological, economic, and social goals. Outcome based land management approaches are aimed at maintaining viable and sustainable working landscapes that provide diverse goods and services
- Coordinate development of OBLM framework amongst members
- Provide guidance and technical support for OBLM pilots/projects
Who can Join?
- Any entity or individual who shares a commitment to rangelands and the mission, principles and purposes outlined in this Charter.
How to Join?
- Contact the IRCP Coordinator, sign the IRCP pledge and begin participating
Expectations of Members as outlined in the IRCP Pledge
- Agree to the mission, principles and purposes outlined in this Charter
- Each Government or Private entity will assign a point of contact
- Participate in Annual Meeting
- As capable, provide technical support, funding, and/or other resources to further the purposes of IRCP
- Provide general and routine oversight of IRCP operations
- Provide guidance and oversight of the Coordinator
- During the initial one-year start-up period the Committee will include one member from each of the following: Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Office of Species Conservation, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Idaho Department of Lands, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Idaho Rangeland Center, The Nature Conservancy and Idaho Public Land Users.
- At the end of the start-up period the 11 members of the Steering Committee will be nominated by IRCP Members and approved by 2/3 vote of current IRCP Members attending a regularly scheduled IRCP meeting if a quorum is present.
- SC Members will be current IRCP Members and will include the following representation: 2 federal agencies, 2 state agencies, 2 local collaborative members, 1 academic, 1 ranching industry, 2 rangeland user group (recreation, conservation, other), and 1 at large member.
- Serve 3-year terms, renewable for up to two terms – totaling 6 years
- Elect a Chair and Vice-Chair to serve 2-year terms for up to two terms during their tenure on the Steering Committee. Chair and Vice-Chair will be nominated and elected by Steering Committee Members. Chair will work with Coordinator to set meeting agendas. Chair, or in their absence, the Vice Chair will facilitate meetings. Chair and Vice Chair approve invoices for the Coordinator before they go to IRRC for payment. Vice Chair will provide financial updates at Steering Committee and Member meetings.
Task Force/Working Groups
- Steering Committee may establish a limited-term task force or working group to address a specific topic upon notice to the IRCP members. At least one Steering Committee Member will be included on any task force or working group. IRCP Coordinator
- Represent the IRCP at meetings, events, with media, other interest groups. Coordinate media outreach with Pheasants Forever and IWJV.
- Work with IRCP members to build the IRCP network and support locally-led rangeland collaboratives participating in the network.
- Coordinate regular meetings of the IRCP including the Annual Meeting and meetings of the Steering Committee.
- Keep records of IRCP meetings and projects.
- Lead development of a workplan, budget and funding requests in coordination with the Steering Committee and with input from interested IRCP Members.
- Develop a business plan in collaboration with the Steering Committee and with input from IRCP Members that outlines a financially sustainable future for the IRCP.
- Coordinate communications to amplify outcomes achieved by the IRCP by sharing lessons learned with other rangeland users, decision makers, and stakeholders.
- Oversee development of promotional material and website that explain the IRCP mission, goals, and activities.
- Prepare regular reports of IRCP outcomes for the Steering Committee and IRCP Members, including the Annual Report referenced below. Provide the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission (IRRC) with any reports necessary to satisfy the conditions of the grant (i.e., Intermountain West Joint Venture agreement).
- Act as liaison for IRCP with other collaborative efforts outside of Idaho, creating opportunities for shared learning and collaboration regionally, such as ongoing rangeland efforts of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Western Governors Association and others.
- IRCP shall hold an Annual Membership Meeting in the winter/spring and other meetings as called by the Chair
- Steering Committee shall meet twice approximately equally spaced during each year and additionally as called by the Chair
- IRCP may host or coordinate with others to conduct workshops to further the mission and goals of IRCP
IRCP will operate as a body seeking broad agreement. Items moved forward as representing IRCP will be considered by the full group. Items before the IRCP will be presented in writing and Members allowed sufficient time to consider and discuss them. Members who cannot attend meetings may provide written comments and positions on topics outlined in the agenda through the Chair. Decisions at scheduled meetings will be based on input from Members attending and written comments provided by those unable to attend. Members will be permitted to note their level of support for an item under discussion as ranging from Unqualified Support, General Support, Qualified Support, Qualified Disagreement, to Fundamental Disagreement. Members may also abstain from an issue and provide a reason for abstention. By abstaining, Members will not be counted in determining consensus or for purposes of straw polls. Straw polls or requests for general preferences may also be used for refining ideas and providing direction to the group. The level of support for various items will be recorded. If Members cannot reach consensus (one or more members in opposition) on taking an action, then the IRCP Members will continue working for a set period (determined by the Chair) to reach agreement or until it appears a resolution is not necessary or is not attainable. At that time, the Steering Committee, in consultation with the Coordinator, will decide as to the best way to proceed.
- Coordinator and Steering Committee will produce annual financial report
- Either an Idaho State Agency or an existing 501(c)3 organization will act as fiscal agent for IRCP, including contracting the Coordinator, however, the fiscal agent will not be responsible for directing the work of the Coordinator.
- Upon a 2/3 majority in favor vote of current Members, an annual dues structure can be initiated. The Coordinator with support from the Steering Committee, if needed, will collect the dues, which will be held by the fiscal agent for IRCP. Work Plan
- With input from the Members the Coordinator and Steering Committee will draft and present a Work Plan to Members for approval.
- An end of year report on accomplishments will be provided to Members