- The LCC Council was enthused by the LCC presentations and were supportive of the ecologically connected Network approach described by the Great Northern, Northwest Boreal, and South Atlantic LCCs.
- The LCC Council:
- finalized its charter
- agreed to make development of a communications strategy a priority and added members to the Communications Working Group
- provided input to the LCC Network strategic plan
- developed a better understanding of progress and challenges of several LCCs and of a major initiative of some – ecologically connected networks
- The LCC Council began to define its direction and role in its support of the LCC Network.
The Council will meet by phone in July to discuss input to the LCC Network Strategic Plan and then again in August or September to review progress on communications. The next in person meeting will be held in fall 2014.
Members of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Council held their first meeting February 4th and 5th at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Members of the Council representing federal and state agencies, Tribes and First Nations and non-governmental organizations have a shared commitment to landscape scale conservation and the unique contribution of the LCCs to achieving the shared vision for landscape conservation for current and future generations.
During the inaugural meeting, Council members affirmed their role to support the LCCs and facilitate the work they do to support landscape conservation.
LCCs enhance the ability of agencies and organizations to achieve shared outcomes that, working separately, they simply could not achieve.” said Lynn Scarlett, LCC Council co-chair and Managing Director for Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy.
At the end of the two-day meeting, the Council had identified several key messages and outcomes that will set the stage for the next steps for interacting with and supporting the LCC Network:
- The LCC Council enthusiastically affirmed their role to support the LCCs and facilitate the work they do to support a sustainable network
- The LCC Council has a shared commitment to landscape scale conservation and the unique contribution of the LCCs
- Recognizing the Council’s desire for inclusivity across the Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Network, the Council reflected this in their name - LCC Council
- The LCC Council developed a broad framework for actions to support the LCCs
- The LCC Council selected leadership (two co-chairs):
- Marc Miller, Director, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
- Lynn Scarlett, Managing Director, Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy
- Seeking to clarify its role, the LCC Council established three working groups:
- Strategic Planning (jointly with the LCC Network)
- Charter refining
- Started to develop a better understanding of the relationship of LCCs to other landscape conservation efforts/initiatives
- The LCC Council will reach out to LCCs to understand barriers to success, help address these barriers and to celebrate successes
The Council will meet again in Spring and Summer 2014 to continue their work in supporting the LCC Network.