October 24, 2016
Walrus cows resting on sea ice

Walrus cows resting on sea ice

Brad Benter/USFWS

10/25 at 11am (AKDT) ALASKA LCCs Webinar: Impact of Lengthening Open Water Season on Alaskan Coastal Communities… 10/25-26 Plains & Prairie Potholes LCC October Steering Committee Meeting… 10/25-28 Western LCCs and Southwest Climate Science Center Joint Meeting… 10/26 at 11am (CDT) GULF COASTAL PLAINS & OZARKS LCC Webinar: Black Bear Habitat Assessment and Associated Landscape Conservation Endpoints… 10/27 at 1pm (PDT) MULTI-LCC Webinar: Quaking Aspen Management - a Presentation by the Western Aspen Alliance…

October 18, 2016
Landscape Climate Dashboard

Protected Lands are the cornerstone around which local, regional and landscape conservation strategies are developed. These lands are designated to preserve functioning natural ecosystems and act as refuges for species. Additionally, protected lands provide public access to recreation and preservation of natural historic sites. In the face of a changing climate, how will these lands be impacted?

October 17, 2016
SECAS Conservation Leadership Summit

Today, the partners of Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) held a Conservation Leadership Summit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to recognize the 5th anniversary of the partnership and to release the SECAS Conservation Blueprint – Version 1.0 for the entire region. The SECAS Blueprint stitches together the work of multiple Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) into a map of shared conservation and restoration priorities across the Southeast and Caribbean. 

October 17, 2016
Stand of Longleaf pines

Stand of longleaf pines, Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Jack Culpepper/USFWS

10/17 Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy Conservation Leadership Summit from 7:00am - 4:00pm (CDT) in Baton Rouge, LA…  10/18 NORTH PACIFIC LCC Webinar: Conserving Dry Forest and Savannah Habitats from Noon - 1:00pm (PDT)…  10/18 Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC Steering Committee Meeting from 1:00pm-5:00pm (EDT) in Baton Rouge, LA…  10/18-10/19 Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC and Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC October 2016 Joint Steering Committee Meeting in Bloomington, MN…  10/19 DESERT LCC Webinar: Toolbox for Water Harvesting Assessment from Noon - 1:00pm (PDT)…  10/20 SOUTH ATLANTIC LCC Webinar: Longleaf Pine Management – Modeling Increased Water Availability from Prescribed Fire from 10:00am – 11:00am (EDT)…  more

October 11, 2016
San Pablo Bay marshland

10/11 CALIFORNIA LCC Webinar: Introduction to the San Francisco Bay Area Watershed Analyst from Noon - 1:00pm (PDT)… 10/12 GREAT BASIN LCC Webinar: Large-Scale Traps and Conifer Encroachment - Using Archaeological Data to Plan the Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Effort from 9:00 - 10:00am (PDT)

October 3, 2016
Urban Conservation Summit participants

On September 21-22, 2016, more than 25 urban planners and conservation professionals met in Atlanta to engage with the American Planning Association and the South Atlantic LCC to help set the stage for future Conservation Blueprint revisions in regard to urban environments. The South Atlantic Urban Conservation Summit focused on how urban planners are working on natural resource conservation and further identifying opportunities for conservationists and planners to collaborate more closely in the future.

September 30, 2016
Climate leadership award graphic

The nomination period for the 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources is now open through November 18, 2016. The Award recognizes exemplary leadership by federal, state, Tribal, local and non-governmental (NGO) entities to reduce climate-related threats and enhance the resilience of the nation's living natural resources - fish, wildlife and plants - and the communities that depend on them.

September 28, 2016
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

The Hawaiian Islands, from the seashores to the mountain peaks, are home to unique, iconic species facing a number of stresses. Climate change, coupled with threats such as invasive species and land use changes, will have important impacts on these resources and the ecosystem services upon which over 1.4 million people rely.

How should managers of Hawaiʿi’s natural assets prepare for the impacts of climate change?

September 28, 2016
Male greater sage-grouse struts for female at lek (dancing or mating grounds)

All ecosystems are dynamic, changing due to growth, succession, and disturbances. Modeling large landscapes in the United States requires the collective knowledge of experienced and knowledgeable vegetation and fire experts. In collaboration with hundreds of colleagues, LANDFIRE produced more than 1,000 state-and-transitions models and descriptions — one for every ecosystem (called Biophysical Settings or BpS) mapped by the Program. The result is a major contribution to basic and applied vegetation ecology across the country.

September 27, 2016
Photo of St Paul, Minnesota

The 3rd National Adaptation Forum will take place in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the Saint Paul RiverCentre May 9-11, 2017. The Forum gathers the diverse adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow. This event includes opportunities for professional development through formal trainings, facilitated practitioner presentations, and in-person discussions which afford attendees the opportunity to learn, share and network to be climate savvy. 

September 16, 2016
image of I-35 Monarch Highway with all 47 urban hubs highlighted in red.

Earlier this month, at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC's work to conserve monarchs was highlighted. The IUCN is a global organization and the USA was the host of this year’s Planet at the Crossroads themed World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. At the Partnerships Preserving the Monarch Butterfly Across North America U.S.

September 13, 2016
Photo of Dean Granholm

On September 18, 2016, Dean Granholm will join the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC as Science Coordinator. Dean most recently integrated science and management as a Conservation Planner for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System.

September 9, 2016
Estuarine tidal marsh

Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks (GCPO) LCC  staff recently finalized the second draft of the Ecological Assessment of Estuarine Tidal Marsh as one of the nine priority systems highlighted in the GCPO LCC Ecological Assessment project.  This draft incorporated reviews by coastal marsh experts in the GCPO geography as well as LCC staff in addition to data revisions suggested in the GCPO Conservation Blueprint workshop in Spanish Fort, AL this past spring.    

September 9, 2016

During the past several months, much emphasis has been focused on the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy, referred to by its acronym, SECAS. This initiative is nothing new; in fact, it began in 2011 at the urging of the Southeastern state fish and wildlife agency directors (SEAFWA) and the principal members of the federal Southeast Natural Resources Leadership Group (SENRLG).

September 7, 2016
image of Great Blue Heron

Over a century ago, before the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty, millions of birds like the Great blue heron were slaughtered each year for food and fashion. Populations declined drastically, and by 1910 plumes were worth more than their weight in gold.

September 6, 2016
West Virginia stream

A new study from the AppalachianLCC and Cornell University looks at how the region's surface freshwater supply – and the health of natural systems delivering this resource – have been impacted and may be altered in the coming years under increasing water withdrawals. The study is the first region-wide assessment to document “flow-ecology” relationships, showing connections between observed impacts under current water withdrawal standards (based on daily water gauge data collected over the last 15 years and fish surveys) and the decline in freshwater fish communities.

September 5, 2016
Home page of the LCC Network Story Map

The LCC Network debuted its new story map today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress being held in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The LCC Network Story Map showcases 22 stories from the 22 LCCs and features signature projects that demonstrate the breadth and depth of partner-driven accomplishments. 

September 2, 2016
Opening ceremony for the IUCN World Conservation Congress

Opening ceremony for the IUCN World Conservation Congress

Laura MacLean

The LCC Network is proud to participate in IUCN World Conservation Congress this week in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Held once every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges.

August 26, 2016
NPLCC Intern Darcey Evans

Darcey Evans has always been passionate about the environment. Growing up, long weekend hikes with her dog first sparked her interest in conservation. Today, she is working with the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) as a Tribal Climate Change Management Intern for the summer and is looking forward to pursuing a life-long career in the fields of conservation and climate change.

August 24, 2016
  What an improved Climate Science Center project cycle could look like, as envisioned by Climate Communication

“Rather than completing research projects without anyone at the finish line to greet us, I want a whole bunch of people standing by with their arms outstretched just waiting for the handoff to get our results.” Those are the words of Kim Winton, Director of the South Central Climate Science Center, which is now in the midst of a significant planning effort to improve and increase what the U.S. Geological Survey calls “co-production of knowledge.”

August 23, 2016
Illustration of examples of the physical basis for geographic locations likely to experience reduced rates of climate change

A team of researchers supported by the California LCC and Climate Science Center released a study titled "Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation".

Climate change refugia refers to areas relatively buffered from contemporary climate change over time that enable persistence of valued physical, ecological, and socio-cultural resources. These areas need to be identified, managed, and conserved for at-risk species. 

August 22, 2016
Farm experiencing soil erosion issues.

With funding from the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC, a Purdue University research team has found that agricultural producers in the Mississippi River Basin give more weight to soil erosion than to any other criteria when making decisions on whether to adopt conservation practices, as they seek to improve soil health and prevent erosion.

August 21, 2016
Location of the Great Basin region and Mojave Desert

Springs serve as an important water source for rural communities, symbolic and sacred places for many tribes, and vital aquatic and riparian environments in arid lands. A new report, supported by the Great Basin LCC and produced by Donald Sada and Alexander Lutz of the Desert Research Institute, examined data from 2,256 springs collected between the late 1980s into 2013.

August 17, 2016
Soil climate research

The Great Basin faces a range of conservation threats from invasive weeds to rampant wildfires and everything in between. The Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative just took a big step in addressing the region’s most pressing challenges at a large landscape scale.

August 17, 2016

The stream temperature database and scenarios are now available for 99,000 kilometers of Colorado’s rivers and streams on the NorWeST website.

August 16, 2016
South Carolina flooding

NOAA and its partners have developed a new forecasting tool to simulate how water moves throughout the nation’s rivers and streams, paving the way for the biggest improvement in flood forecasting the country has ever seen.

August 16, 2016
Poem by Henry David Thoreau

There are lake people, and ocean people, and river people, and mountain people, and desert people, and swamp people, and prairie people, and forest people, and…

We’re all kinds of people who personally connect to the boundless patchwork of many landscapes. Who, deep down, hear the call of nature and heed it with a passionate desire to care for it… to be stewardship people.

August 16, 2016
Migratory bird centennial artwork

Today, we're celebrating a century of conservation beyond borders! On this very day 100 years ago, the U.S. signed the first Migratory Bird Treaty with Great Britain (for Canada). It was the culmination of an unprecedented movement to protect wildlife wherever it lived, including across international borders, and it set the stage for a century of bird conservation. 

August 16, 2016

Wilburforce Foundation, in partnership with COMPASS, is now accepting applications for the 2017 Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science. The Fellowship is a year-long program providing leadership and science communication training, along with coaching and support, to conservation scientists from a wide range of affiliations, career stages, and disciplines.

August 15, 2016
Sentinel Landscapes Announcement

Eastern North Carolina has a wealth of natural and working lands that are important to the nation’s defense, as recognized in an exciting announcement from N.C. Agriculture Commissioner, Steve Troxler, last month. As part of the North Carolina Sentinel Landscape Partnership, 33 eastern counties in North Carolina were federally designated as Sentinel Landscapes.

August 12, 2016
The Missouri River along Kansas City.

The lower Missouri River, the largest free-flowing river reach in the United States, encompasses nearly 1.5 million acres of bottomland habitat for fish, wildlife and plants, while providing commercial transportation and recreation opportunities for communities across our nation’s heartland. The Missouri River contains countless conservation properties and efforts maintained by local, state and federal agencies, nonprofit groups and private entities along the river.

August 10, 2016
Mixed grass prairie at Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge.

The process of prairie reconstruction (establishing prairie from seed) is frequently used to buffer or enlarge existing prairie remnants, build a semblance of historic prairie where it no longer exists, improve water quality or create habitat. Many conservation organizations and landowners attempt to reconstruct diverse prairie but through time quality among such plantings can range from highly diverse, functional prairies to disappointingly weedy places with few native species.

August 10, 2016
A dairy farm in Vermont.

There is increasing interest in managing landscapes in a manner that results in multiple benefits to people. Whether direct or indirect, large or small, these benefits are referred to as ecosystem services.  But what does this kind of conservation look like in practice and how does an ecosystem-services approach differ from business-as-usual? A team led by Bonnie Keeler of the University of Minnesota sought answers to these questions as part of a multidisciplinary and multisector project in the Middle Cedar River Basin in Iowa.

August 9, 2016

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC is currently playing a role in a multi-agency, multi-sector project in northern Missouri to examine the efficacy of using native grasses and forbs as biomass for anaerobic digestion and biogas production (CNG and LNG) on a commercial scale. Working with local partners like Roeslein Alternative Energy, Smithfield Foods, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the USFWS’ Missouri Partners for Fish and Wildlife, this proof-of-concept project involves 200 acres of test plantings at the local Ruckman Farm.

August 4, 2016
White bark pine research

The North Pacific LCC recently announced the selected projects for funding in fiscal year 2016. These projects are consistent with the NPLCC’s mission, goals, and strategies. They were selected after careful review and a competitive ranking process. Most importantly, they are responsive to the needs of the NPLCC's partners – those working to conserve natural and cultural resources in the face of our rapidly changing environment.

August 4, 2016
National Phenology Network Gridded Climate Data Visualization map

The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN)  has produced new online maps and data visualizations to provide landscape conservation designers with tools to understand ecological consequences of climate change on a landscape scale. These resources may be particularly relevant for Landscape Conservation Cooperatives that are currently or are preparing to develop landscape conservation designs.

August 2, 2016
Dr. Miguel “Toño” Garcíá

The Caribbean LCC will welcome its new Coordinator later this summer — Dr. Miguel García.

Dr. García is currently the Undersecretary for Protected Areas and Biodiversity for the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER). He has also served as the Director of Fisheries and Wildlife, Endangered Species Coordinator and as a Wildlife Biologist for the DNER.

August 1, 2016
Wood thrush

Information from the North Atlantic LCC-supported landscape conservation design for the Connecticut River watershed is being used to identify candidate projects for a grant program focused on reducing runoff into Long Island Sound by protecting private forestlands threatened by development.

August 1, 2016
Caribbean LCC steering commitee meeting.

In the March 2016 Quarterly Connections Newsletter Recent Progress in Our Strategic Direction, the Caribbean LCC announced the Steering Committee’s decision to hire a full-time coordinator. The search then began for a highly qualified individual to be the lead facilitator of cooperative activities and programs.

July 29, 2016
Seneca Creek, West Viriginia

The rivers and streams of the Central Appalachians are home to more than 200 species of fish and other aquatic life. They also provide a reliable source of drinking water, recreational opportunities and associated economic benefits to people living in large cities and surrounding communities. 

The Appalachian LCC provided a grant to Cornell University Environmental Engineers to study how the region’s surface freshwater supply – and the health of natural systems delivering this resource – have been impacted and may be altered in the coming years under increasing water withdrawals.

July 14, 2016
An Athabascan fish camp on the Tanana River, which is fed by glaciers.

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.

July 13, 2016
participants at a June LCC all-hands meeting

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.   

July 13, 2016
The North Fork of the Flathead River, a gravel-bed river floodplain

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.

July 7, 2016
A demonstration of the latest tools offered by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

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.

July 7, 2016
Blueprint 2.1 Map with New Colors and Marine Corridor

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.

July 6, 2016
Great Basin LCC overview video

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. 

Help spread the word about the resources and opportunities provided by the LCC. Share this video with your networks with #GreatBasinLCC, and look out more topical videos from the LCC in the coming months!

View the video on YouTube here or visit the Great Basin LCC website

July 1, 2016
Training image

“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.

June 20, 2016
map of Northwest Basin and Range

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.

June 20, 2016
Cover of mussel workshop report

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.

June 13, 2016
Participants in the joing South Atlantic and Peninsular Florida LCC meeting.

Early last week, the South Atlantic LCC Steering Committee met with the Peninsular Florida LCC in joint sessions near St. Augustine, Florida.