7/19 at 10am (MDT) MULTI-LCC Webinar: Using Models to Inform Management: Sensitive and Rare Plant Distributions and Energy Development in the Colorado Plateau Region... 7/19 at 10am (AKDT) Webinar: A Collaboration with Rural Alaskans - The Driftwood Harvest in a Changing Climate... 7/20 at 10am CDT GULF COASTAL PLAINS & OZARKS LCC Webinar: Guiding Regional Conservation under Climate Change... 7/21 at 1:00pm (EDT) SOUTH ATLANTIC LCC Web Forum: Where Should Your Cooperative Go Next?... 7/21 at 1:00pm (PDT) GREAT BASIN LCC Webinar: Understanding Native Cultural Dimensions of Climate Change in the Great Basin
A group of Alaska Native elders and scientists recently gathered to discuss the path forward for their communities as climate change brings about new and sometimes unexpected changes.
It was merely a few weeks ago that more than 60 LCC coordinators, science coordinators and partners came together for a three-day June meeting in St. Louis, MO to discuss the next of the next steps in addressing the recommendations outlined by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 2015 Review of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. That’s our good-looking group in the photo.
Based on the premise that gravel-bed river floodplains are overlooked as ecological regulators of mountain landscapes, a team of scientists set out to synthesize decades of research, from hydrological processes to grizzly bear movements, in the northern Rocky Mountains.
Their resulting interdisciplinary review, published in the journal Science Advances, describes the importance of these ecosystems in sustaining regional biodiversity and landscape-scale ecological integrity.
7/11GREAT BASIN LCC WEBINAR: Identifying Shared Conservation Priorities - An Overview of the Northwest Bains and Range Synthesis... 7/11-7/15 Climate-Smart Conservation with Scenario Planning at the National Conservation Training Center
The Gulf Coast Prairie (GCP) and Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks (GCPO) Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) came together in Baton Rouge June 14 and 15 to review what has been done collectively in the Gulf of Mexico and to discuss how to best collaborate on future conservation efforts.
The South Atlantic LCC Steering Committee has approved a version of Conservation Blueprint 2.1 that incorporates marine corridors and uses a slightly different color scheme, addressing feedback from the June 2016 in-person meeting. The official release of Blueprint 2.1 is now scheduled for August to allow time for updating the metadata and the online Blueprint viewers.
What is the Great Basin LCC? What makes it unique, and where is it going?These questions and more are answered in this new short video.
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“My family lives off the land,” said Zannita Fast Horse-Pongah a Shoshone-Bannock environmental scientist. “Climate change planning is important to help our tribe protect our natural resources. We need to learn to adapt to our surroundings.”
For generations, Great Basin tribes have lived off the land; hunting, fishing and gathering natural resources for food, medicine and ceremonies. Climate change threatens this way of life. Rising temperatures push native plants and animals outside the bounds of protected sites and reservations and changes their seasonal patterns.
Led by the Great Basin LCC (GBLCC), the Northwest Basin and Range Synthesis (NWBR) project goal is to create a shared conservation vision for regional stakeholders by synthesizing existing science, planning, and expert knowledge from across the northwestern part of the Northern Basin and Range Ecoregion. The NWBR project area covers south central Oregon, northwest Nevada, and part of northeastern California. Here, water never makes it to the ocean, but converges instead in wetlands and lakes that equilibrate through evaporation and groundwater infiltration.
Under the Shared Landscapes Outcomes Initiative of the Great LCC (GNLCC) to address aquatic integrity and stressors in the Columbia River Basin, the GNLCC's Columbia Basin Partner Forum (CBPF) is facilitating information sharing and collaboration across partners.
LCC Network Meeting June 2016
This week, LCC Coordinators and science coordinators along with invited partners are participating in a week-long coordination meeting in St. Louis, Missouri to work on the recommendations from the National Academies of Science Review of the LCCs. The group will focus specifically on identifying performance measures and discussing best practices for landscape conservation desgin.
6/14 GULF COAST PRAIRIE and GULF COASTAL PLAINS & OZARKS LCCs Joint Steering Committee Meeting... 6/14 NORTHWEST BOREAL LCC WEBINAR at 9am (AKDT) Using Dall Sheep as Bellwethers of Alpine Ecosystem Health... 6/16 at 9am (EDT) SOUTH ATLANTIC LCC Web Forum: The FUTURES Urbanization Model
Early last week, the South Atlantic LCC Steering Committee met with the Peninsular Florida LCC in joint sessions near St. Augustine, Florida.
The North Pacific LCC is pleased to announce that the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Climate Change Project has been awarded the National Climate Adaptation Leadership Award. The NPLCC provided funding to a portion of this overall effort in 2012.
Seven individuals and organizations were honored today as the first-ever recipients of the Climate Adaption Leadership Award for Natural Resources. The award was established by a partnership of federal agencies to spotlight innovative tools and outstanding actions towards climate-smart resource conservation and management. Two of the recipients have recieved LCC funding to support their projects.
Before joining the Arctic LCC, Wendy was a Scientist with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk. There, she designed and conducted research to support conservation objectives and guides natural resource development. She was often called upon to build relationships with diverse stakeholders and implement science-based decision-making processes, skills that have served her well in Greenland and will serve her equally well in Arctic Alaska and Canada. Before moving to Nuuk,Wendy was the Lead Ecologist at The Wilderness Society's Anchorage, Alaska office during 2006-2014.
6/8... NORTHWEST BOREAL LCC hosts a webinar on Conserving Nature's Stage - The Relevance of Geodiversity to Conservation Planning. 6/8… The GREAT NORTHERN LCC welcomes Dr. Chad Bishop to talk about the Wildlife Biology Program at University of Montana on this webinar.
Alaskans are creating the first comprehensive land use plan for a Michigan-sized area of forest, tundra, and salmon-producing rivers. Sandwiched between the vast forested heart of the state and the Bering Sea coast, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Bering Sea Western Interior (BSWI) Resource Management Plan sets high level goals for the next two decades.
Helping fish and wildlife without consideration of state boundaries is a big job. As larger landscapes are targeted, conservation dilemmas become more complex and murky. For example, pollinators numbers are dropping, not just in Iowa or Michigan, but across the Midwest, but it is virtually impossible to pinpoint where or why bumblebees and butterflies are declining. The threats to pollinators are not isolated to one location, making it important to consider the entire landscape to best understand how to help these species.
What does it mean to be a stake-holder? We’ve been thinking about Delbert Pungowiyi. He’s the President of the Native Village of Savoonga, a place that’s called the “Walrus Capital of the World” located on the northern coast of the St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Diminishing sea ice spells potential disaster for his community where the local economy and diet consists largely of subsistence hunting for walrus, seals and bowhead whales. There is a lot at stake – a lot to lose – in Savoonga in the face of a changing climate.
Coastlines and Communities
Coastlines are dynamic environments, constantly shaped by waves, winds, tides and storms. Yet diminishing sea ice, warming waters and new storm patterns are signaling a shift toward conditions outside of the historic norm. Coastal sea ice, which has traditionally protected coastal and riverine communities in much of Alaska, has diminished, increasing the vulnerability of coastal communities to storm surges, flooding and erosion.
The Great Plains LCC released its 2014-2015 Annual Report highligting the LCC's major accomplishments in strengthening partnerships and building new ones; designing sustainable landscapes in the Great Plains; advancing watershed-scale restoration in the Great Plains, identifying priority conservation areas in Oklahoma; modeling the effects of climate change on grassland ecosystems; providing support for ecological assessments and bird monitoring; and more.
The draft corridors for Blueprint 2.1 are now up on the Conservation Planning Atlas. The methods are very similar to those from Blueprint 2.0 – Identify hubs to connect and then least cost paths between them.
6/1... GULF COAST PRAIRIE LCC hosts a webinar on the Urban Monarch Landscape Conservation Design project and the four map-based LCDs for pilot metropolitan areas within the monarch’s migratory path. Dr. Mark Johnston with the Chicago Field Museum is the presenter. 6/1-6/2... The SOUTHERN ROCKIES LCC hosts a Steering Committee meeting in Pinedale, WY.
The week of May 9, Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC staff met with representatives from America's Longleaf, The Shortleaf Pine Initiative, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Weyerhauser, The Nature Conservancy of Alabama, The Joseph W. Jones Center at Ichauway, Mississippi State University, the National Fish and Wildlife Federation, NatureServe, and the U.S. Forest Service to discuss collaboration on several projects focused on better understanding and management of open pine ecosystems.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rolled out a greatly improved National Wetlands Inventory mapper, which will allow the public and diverse partners from industry; state, federal and local governments; and conservation groups to better understand and sustainably manage the nation’s wetlands. The upgrade represents a dramatic improvement in the Service’s ability to measure potential impacts to wetlands, track contaminants, and identify wildlife habitats and corridors. The latter is key to addressing wildlife impacts of climate change.
For the first time ever, the Gulf Coast Prairie and the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCCs’ respective steering committees will be meeting together to ratchet up their level of collaboration on shared conservation issues. And what better venue for the meeting than the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) All Hands Meeting in Baton Rouge, LA.
The Gulf Coast Prairie LCC released its 2015 Annual Report today highlighting major accomplishments from the past year, including the release of the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment, new research on focal habitats and species like the Guadalupe Bass, and progress on Landscape Conservation Design in the region through coarse and fine filter efforts.
Did you know that the word landscape first entered the English language in the early 1600s purely as a term for works of art? And, a particular characteristic of landscape art is that the main subject is a wide view of natural scenery. It's a lot like the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives - taking a wider view of conservation.
The Appalachian LCC and the U.S. Forest Service are releasing products from the first phase of an ongoing study assessing benefits of and risks to the region's "ecosystem services" -- natural assets valued by people such as clean drinking water, outdoor recreation, forest products and biological conservation.
5/24: PLAINS AND PRAIRIE POTHOLES LCC Steering Committee Meeting... 5/25: ALASKA & NORTHWEST CANADA LCCs WEBINAR: Hydrologic Alterations from Climate Change Inform Assessment of Ecological Risk to Pacific Salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska... 5/26: GREAT NORTHERN LCC WEBINAR: Dreissenid Mussel Research Priorities - Understanding Biology and Environmental Tolerances for Effective Management
It started two years ago as an experiment in combining big data with a big conservation vision for the 11,250 square-mile Connecticut River watershed. What emerged was Connect the Connecticut a collaborative effort supported by the North Atlantic LCC among more more than 30 partners from state and federal agencies and private organizations to develop a shared vision for conserving the Connecticut River watershed into the future. Outlining a network of core areas, or intact, connected, and resilient places within the watershed, the resulting “design” serves as a roadmap for conservation. The Connect the Connecticut report is available today.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored seven individuals and organizations from across Puerto Rico with Environmental Champion Awards for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment including the Caribbean LCC’s Partnership and Communications Coordinator, Kasey Jacobs.
EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Murray Fisher, founder of the New York Harbor School, on May 13 to present the awards to this year’s recipients at a ceremony at the EPA’s offices in Manhattan. The awards are presented annually.
Hard copies of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Fish & Wildlife News hit the street last week feauring several LCC stories. The Spring 2016 issue highlights the North Atlantic LCC's Fish Habitat Decision Support Tool; Peninsular Florida LCC's Science Coordinator, Steve Traxler's assistance rescuing a leatherback sea turtle; and recognition of the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment as the 2015 recipient of the Sam D. Hamilton Award for Transformational Conservation Science.
5/17-5/18: Fourth Ocean Climate Summit & Climate-Smart Conservation in San Francisco, CA... 5/18: Climate-Smart Conservation Training in San Francisco, CA... 5/18-5/19: Great Northern LCC Steering Committee Meeting... 5/18: NORTH PACIFIC LCC webinar on Integrating Climate Change into Design & Permitting of Water Crossing Structures... 5/19: SOUTH ATLANTIC LCC Web Forum on the Draft Bluprint 2.1 Review and Recommendations... 5/19: NORTH ATLANTIC LCC webinar on Lakes and Ponds Classification System
PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 13TH. On behalf of the Great Plains LCC and in partnership with the South Central Climate Science Center, the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) is soliciting proposals for applied research to inform resource management decisions in prairie rivers and streams of the Great Plains.
Three of Alaska's LCCs (Western Alaska, Aleutian Bering Sea Islands and Arctic) and the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association have been working with a number of partners on a series of four workshops Promoting Coastal Resilience & Adaptation in Arctic Alaska. Seventy participants shared their thoughts and insights at the first workshop held earlier this week in Nome. There, fifteen Tribes and communities worked alongside more than a dozen agencies and NGOs focused on coastal resilience issues in the Bering Strait.
Does conservation at a landscape scale have spirit? We believe, without a doubt, yes! It's the partners and staff in each and every LCC that bring their dedication and passion to the table in order to establish a common conservation vision for sustaining natural and cultural resources that mean the most to them, their families, their communities, their constituencies and the generations to come.
It takes spirit to not only envision the future of their landscapes, but to work together by developing shared science and management capacity to achieve it.
The Western Alaska LCC is looking for a team member who can link scientific findings to resource, land, or community management decisions as Alaskan communities and landscapes face new challenges from climate change.
The person in this position will engage with principal investigators of projects sponsored by the LCC or the Alaska Climate Science Center to identify the key findings of their studies then produce a wide variety of materials to bring that information to decision makers and the interested public. The work will be focused on coastal climate change throughout Alaska.
After several indicator improvements and much data analysis, a draft of the lastest data-driven update to the Conservation Blueprint, Blueprint 2.1, is now available for review. It uses similar overall methods as Version 2.0. The improvements were somewhat more expansive than originally planned, above and beyond the "small update" that was originally scheduled. Many of the obvious ecosystems are still highly prioritized, but there are big improvements in freshwater, marine, and urban ecosystems.
Barranquitas-Comerío, Puerto Rico — The Protected Areas Conservation Action Team (PA-CAT), composed of the principal entities that manage Puerto Rico’s natural resources, celebrated the announcement that Puerto Rico achieved protection of 16% of its territory. The Caribbean LCC (CLCC) created the highly collaborative PA-CAT and the LCC provides funding for the team’s work in addition to in-kind support from CLCC partners.
The California LCC is searching for a new Science Coordinator. This is is a great opportunity to play a key role as a senior scientist collaboratively developing, maintaining, and advancing a strategic, landscape-oriented, partnership-driven approach to integrated fish and wildlife conservation throughout the state. This position is stationed at the California LCC office located at Sacramento State University. Deadline to apply is May 19, 2016.
The dramatic changes sweeping the Southeastern United States — such as urbanization, competition for water resources, extreme weather events, sea-level rise, and climate change — pose unprecedented challenges for sustaining natural and cultural resources. However, they also offer a clear opportunity to unite the conservation community around a shared, long-term vision for the future. The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) is that vision.
Pennsylvania is a landscape filled with abundant forests and wildlife, thousands of miles of rivers and streams, and home to a productive energy industry that includes the emergence of natural gas and alternative energy sources. Natural resource agencies and conservation organizations increasingly see the value for proactive science and tools that help inform decisions both locally and regionally in order to best protect and conserve the lands, waters, and wildlife of the state while harnessing resources that benefit society and the economy.
Are you interested in the Great Basin, specifically sagebrush ecosystem management? Would you like to offer your opinion regarding science needs for future management decisions?
You are invited to a town hall discussion prioritizing science needs in the Great Basin that can help inform future management decisions.
The Great Basin and Great Northern LCCs with federal natural resource agency partners are hosting a series of online discussion sessions focused on:
The Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, gave his last State of the Commonwealth Address on February 29 and included the results of a multi-agency and organization team under the Caribbean LCC. The Protected Areas Conservation Action Team is focused on providing information and guidance in support of protected areas systems in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The LCC Network appreciate each and every person, organization and agency that contributes their valuable time, resources, knowledge and passion to help fulfill our shared vision of landscapes and seascapes capable of sustaining natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. Thank you for supporting the LCCs!