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.
Projects By Product: User Manual
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.
How did this multi-LCC initiative develop?
Monarch butterfly and other pollinators are in trouble. Monarch butterfly habitat— including milkweed host plants and nectar food sources—has declined drastically throughout most of the United States.
Many areas of western Alaska lack snowpack and snow condition data, including the prime winter range for the Western Arctic Caribou Herd.
The goal of this project is to develop a detailed national sampling frame for bat monitoring at various spatial scales similar to the recently designed Amphibian and Reptile Monitoring Initiative, which will allow biologists and managers to assess the status of North American bats.
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) have a critical need for information management processes that facilitate science product (i.e., data, analysis and decision tools, documents) sharing; data storage, security, and dissemination; and project tracking, communication and collaboration tools
The Forest Characterization Database (FCD) will provide a place for partners to store, manage, and share the forest inventory data collected during timber cruises of bottomland hardwood forest for management purposes.
The increase in large wildfires at a time when habitat for Greater Sage Grouse and other species dependent on big sagebrush has also increased has led to substantial needs for big sagebrush seeds.
Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) is an invasive annual grass that dominates millions of acres in the Great Basin. Cheatgrass stands often exhibit establishment failure ('die-off') over sometimes large areas.
This project will combine existing biotic and abiotic metrics for open pine savannas and woodlands developed by the US Forest Service and NatureServe with metrics developed to assess wildlife habitat value as part of the EGCPJV's desired forest conditions project.
Sky Island Alliance will develop science and conservation-based guidance to assist natural resource managers in responding to expected climate change and other stressors on springs ecosystems in sky island regions of the Desert LCC.
Explore climate change impacts on vegetation across the Desert and Southern Rockies LCCs using historical monitoring data collected from 23 sites across the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, Mojave and Colorado Plateau deserts for 30-50 years.
In practice, there are a number of challenges associated with formal consideration of the environment in water planning in large parts of the Desert LCC region.