Projects

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives use a collaborative approach to identify landscape scale conservation solutions. LCCs work across jurisdictional and political boundaries to work with partners to: meet unfilled conservation needs, develop decision support tools, share data and knowledge, and facilitate and foster partnerships.

As part of a shared science strategy, LCCs coordinate closely with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Center and the eight regional Climate Science Centers.

The Landscapes Patterns project is intended to provide support to multiple organizations with an interest in achieving environmental outcomes on landscapes of varying scales in the north-west part of the North American continent in general, and in Alberta in particular.

Energy development across the northern plains of Montana and North Dakota is occurring at a rapid speed, while invasive species continue to challenge conservation practitioners’ efforts to restore native prairie, grassland and wetland habitats. Led by researchers from the U.S.

A strategy has been suggested for developing regionally specific Rapid Assessment Methods (RAMs) to evaluate wildlife-related issues associated with wind development at specific sites.

The Souris River watershed spans more than 23,000 square miles (61,000 square kilometers) across Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Manitoba. The funding will support a cross-jurisdictional study led by Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Province of Manitoba researchers that will comb

Wetland plant, invertebrate, and waterbird productivity are primarily driven by water levels in response to climate cycles in the prairie pothole region. Large proportions of wetlands have been drained in this area, often consolidating water from smaller to larger, interconnected wetlands.

This carbon sequestration research is part of a new pilot grassland conservation program to protect at-risk grasslands from conversion to cropland in the northern Great Plains. Natural resources partners have leveraged more than $3 million in private and federal funding to support an innovative p

We connect science and people. This July 9 - 10, 2014, the LCC will host its second Connections Workshop in Billings, Montana, to promote continued collaboration between scientists, managers, communicators and policy experts.

The Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP), a Fish Habitat Partnership (FHP) recognized by the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) Board in March 2009, has been developing a dataset for the Midwest glacial lakes, equivalent to the NHD, since 2008.

Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, is an optical remote sensing technology that can measure properties by illuminating the target with light. This project gathered LiDAR technology to gather surface elevation data in the James River watershed and parts of North and South Dakota.

The invasion of native communities by cool-season introduced grasses, especially smooth brome and Kentucky bluegrass in upland prairies and reed canary grass in wetlands, is an important management issue on federally-owned lands.

The environmental and economic landscape of the prairie potholes region of the United States is changing. Shifts in agricultural land use across rural communities are accompanied by increased oil and gas production.

A collaborative research project sponsored by the National Park Service and the Appalachian LCC seeks to integrate cultural resources, such as historic bridges and Civil War Battlefields, into landscape conservation planning and design to emphasize both natural and cultural resources in defining

The RESTORE Act (33 U.S. Code § 1321) directs 80% of Clean Water Act penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (likely to be in the billions) to Gulf of Mexico restoration.

We will work with Landscape Conservation Cooperative partners to (1) edge match the Oklahoma and Texas Ecological Systems (ECS) data sets, (2) complete an enduring features (ecological site type; geophysical setting) data set for Oklahoma, (3) create a process for up-dating the ECS data set by de

Submersed aquatic vegetation, a critical component of highly productive coastal ecosystems, is greatly affected by sea level rise.

Today more than 80% of Americans live in urban areas and by 2050 it is estimated that 70% of the world’s population will call a city ‘home’. Our cities are built on lands and river systems that connect to larger natural areas.

The EPiC / Urban Conservation Core Team is a small group of volunteers that provides leadership and direction for the EPiC / Urban Conservation Technical Advisory Group.

Monarch butterfly habitat—including milkweed host plants and nectar food sources—has declined drastically throughout most of the United States.

The goal of the project is to determine biodiversity impacts of land restoration associated with
clean and renewable energy development; specifically, natural gas production through
anaerobic digestion of hog manure and native plant material, as being forwarded by Roeslein

The Floodplain Forest Workshop that was held in Dubuque on September 15-17, 2015. The agenda included presentations and discussions regarding floodplain forest issues ranging from system level influences to floodplain forest threats to site level management.

The purpose of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) is to inform the management of natural and cultural heritage resources in response to shifts in climate, habitat fragmentation and loss, and other landscape level challenges.

This amendment will add incremental funding for this approved project. This funding will pay for 3 years of maintenance (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2018) for both the South Atlantic LCC Conservation Planning Atlas (SA CPA) and the Southeast Region Conservation Planning Atlas (SE CPA). 1.

Version 2.0 Data Viewer for the South Atlantic ($16,442.00)


The contractor shall provide professional consulting and facilitation services to support U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation mission in the areas of:

 Strategic and operational planning that leverages stakeholder engagement and development of effective partnerships.

FWS and USGS will collaborate to improve the decision science foundation of the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint. The Blueprint prioritizes areas for shared conservation action in the South Atlantic geography.

Urban communities are increasingly shaping the conservation future of the South Atlantic. Major metropolitan areas present both direct threats, such as loss habitat and open space, and indirect threats, such as creating barriers to connectivity.

This proposal outlines a collaborative regional effort to build a South Atlantic Ecosystem Model that will facilitate the connection of inland and coastal marine management strategies and actions to potential resource and economic impacts in estuarine and coastal marine environments, with the fol

Many organizations in the South are struggling to meet current their current renewable energy mandates. Twelve different organizations in the South Atlantic are now discussing ways to work together to help meet those mandates.

The Western Governors’ Wildlife Council has agreed to common definitions of crucial wildlife habitat and corridors and issued guidelines to help each state prioritize habitat within its boundaries to meet its specific conservation objectives.

Habitat fragmentation and flow regulation are significant factors related to the decline and extinction of freshwater biota.  Pelagic-broadcast spawning cyprinids require moving water and some length of unfragmented stream to complete their life cycle.

Quantitative studies focusing on the collection of semibuoyant fish eggs, which are associated with a pelagic broadcast-spawning reproductive strategy, are often conducted to evaluate reproductive success.

Stopover use by migrating shorebirds is affected by patch-level characteristics of habitat, but the relative influence of broadscale  factors is poorly understood.

Natural resource management requires decision making in the face of uncertain future conditions.

Building upon the successful efforts of SARP, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and other federal, state, and local partners to establish and implement NFCAs in the Llano River watershed, TX and Chipola River watershed, FL (Birdsong et al., 2015, Garrett et al.

Objectives of this project are to examine historic and current spatial patterns and occurrence of native and non-native fishes relative to thermal regimes in the White River from about Meeker, Colorado to the confluence with the Green River in Utah; to model thermal resources in the White River a

Soil water dynamic is a crucial factor for understanding water-limited, arid to semiarid ecosystems (Porporato et al. 2002, Loik et al. 2004, Lauenroth and Bradford 2006), which cover c. 30% of global land area (Peel et al. 2007).

Cutthroat trout (CT; Oncorhynchus clarki ssp.) are extremely imperiled owing to a variety of stressors. Changing climate is adding to these stressors that have already relegated CT in the Southern Rocky Mountains to less than 35% of their native habitat. The Rio Grande CT (O. c.

Information on the sources of sediment production and amount is necessary to better understand the relationship between landscape-scale ecosystem drivers (fire, large-scale invasive species removal, recreation, oil and gas development, and grazing) and sediment loading in rivers, streams, and res

Streamflow and basin-characteristic data are needed for a variety of scientific and managerial applications, including estimation of flow in ungaged basins and hydro-ecological classification of rivers. These data are collected by a variety of organizations, usually on a state-by-state basis.

The State CHAT Data Community (SCDC) was created to facilitate updating and maintenance of the Crucial Habitat data and associated Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) hosted by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) across the west ( 

Technical support provided to the Western Native Trout Intititive to develop GIS web services and maps

The Colorado River Cutthroat Trout (CRCT) conservation team identified a need to further develop a long-term approach to updating and maintaining the CRCT GIS-based database that was created using the Inland Cutthroat Trout Protocol (ICP).  The University of Wyoming Geographic Information Science

This project helped the Shivwits Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (PITU) identify and assess the potential impacts of landscape-level stressors on tribal and ancestral lands and resources.  Stressors included climate change and drought, and resources of interest were water and culturally s

The Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Desert LCC) is designing a process that will:

  • produce spatially explicit data and information about focal resources, chosen by the Desert LCC partners;

Native Nations face unique challenges related to climate change, many of which are detailed in recent reports as part of the U.S. National Climate Assessment (Bennett et al. 2014; Hiza Redsteer et al.

The Desert LCC will provide the 50% of the Federal component of funds, and the work designed will support the science objectives for the Desert LCC and its partners as well as provide needed improvements to the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) in the Lower Colorado River Region, and beyond.

There are few resources that provide managers cross-scale information for planning climate adaptation strategies for species and taxa at risk. Appropriate allocation of resources requires an understanding of mechanisms influencing a species’ risk to global change. Dr.

A native grass/forb field trial/research planting to identify the best mixture of native grasses and forbs that optimize native plant diversity, ecological benefits, and biomass yield for anaerobic digestion is necessary as a proof-of-concept.