LCCs provide the science and technical expertise needed to support conservation planning at landscape scales. Through the efforts of LCC staff and science-oriented partners, LCCs are generating tools, methods, data and other resources that managers need to design and deliver conservation using the Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) approach.
This intriguing blog written by Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC partner Bryan Piazza, describes nutrient-fueled "dead zones" in the Gulf of Mexico, a persistent threat that continues to grow in size in intensity all year long. It details the initial steps The Nature Conservancy has taken to develop a scientific "rapid assessment", and details a scientific plan for targeted efforts that can make a lasting impact in waterways and the Gulf of Mexico.
Nathan Eckert discusses the complex life-cycle of native freshwater mussels and how the challenges it presents are dealt with in the hatchery setting. Specifically, he will discuss the Mobile Aquatic Rearing Station, or MARS trailer, a streamside mussel rearing unit that the Genoa National Fish Hatchery uses to culture thousands of mussels for release in the Upper Mississippi River Basin on an annual basis.
Presenter: Patrick Bixler, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
The Great Basin LCC reflects on its accomplishments of last year in this 2016 Annual Report. Over the year, the LCC continued vital ongoing conservation efforts throughout the region while seeking new opportunities to make a difference. Great Basin LCC staff and supported projects helped promote a landscape focus, foster collaboration to maximize impact, build partnerships with Great Basin tribes and facilitate information sharing across this vast and varied geography.
The goal of the NWBR Synthesis is to develop shared conservation priorities and implementation strategies across the region by synthesizing existing landscape planning and science. In this informational webinar we:
- Provide a project update
- Share an example from a similar regional effort, The Arid Lands Initiative
- Introduce the project’s Team Structure, and the variety of ways you can get involved
The North Pacific LCC released is February 2017 issue of the Conservation Digest, produced in collaboration with the Northwest Climate Science Center. This month's e-newsletter features a list of recent climate-science and landscape conservation publications and learning opportunities.
This report presents a decision support framework aimed at helping managers of freshwater ecosystems in the northern Rockies think critically about how to apply climate information to their management decisions. The impact of climate change on cold-water ecosystems and their native salmonids is the subject of a substantial body of research. Recently, scientists have developed a number of datasets and analyses to help project climate change effects for native salmonid populations. Alongside this research, a number of management options have been identified by scientists and managers.
When the Review of the LCCs was released in December 2015, the LCC Network committed to reporting on our progress in responding to the National Academy of Sciences’ recommendations. The LCC Network assembled a “Next Steps” team and drafted an Action Plan to set a trajectory of continual improvement. Implementation of the Action Plan is expected to take approximately two years, with many of the activities intended to be ongoing such as developing living documents and fostering ongoing, collaborative relationships.
Is California's drought over? Find out in the most recent drought & climate outlook webinar. These webinars are designed to provide timely information on current drought status and associated regional impacts, as well as a preview of current and developing climatic events (i.e. El Niño and La Niña).
The January 2017 edition of the Conservation Digest, a joint e-newsletter produced by the North Pacific LCC and the Northwest Climate Science Center, features articles on a How-to Guide for the Coproduction of Actionable Science; three new reports on NPLCC-funded projects; learning opportunities; Tribe and First Nation resources as well as information on coastal/marine ecosystems/ocean acidification/sea level rise; freshwater aquatic resources and ecosystems/water r
This is a recording of a presentation on the Gulf Hypoxia Initiative delivered by Easten Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC Science Coordinator Gwen White at the 2016 International American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting, November 7, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bonnie Magnuson-Skeels, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
Wesley Walker, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
This newsletter features: Steering Committee conference call details and logistics, coastal wetland decision support tool roll-out, and other news.
Presenter: Meg White, The Nature Conservancy
The Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy addresses climate change across the National Park System and is aimed at helping park managers and scientists plan and implement responses.
The South Atlantic LCC January 2017 newsletter features a save the date for a Blueprint workshop, review of a new seabird indicator, a mid-year review of the cooperative, and more.
Discover how the Appalachian LCC’s new science tools can help you! The Appalachian LCC has developed a series of short videos showcasing the LCC’s science tools and products that are designed to help conservation partners in planning and decision making efforts.
As resource managers and decision makers face a future in which many decisions and scenarios include increased complexity and uncertainty, this new paper published in Conservation Letters proposes several ways in which participants can best work alongside one another in an integrated system, here called coproduction.
This document provides a synthesis of all Appalachian LCC funded research project deliverables such as decision support tools, data layers, final reports, and other vital information that will help plan and manage for the conservation of aquatic and terrestrial systems throughout the region.
Ecologically based strategies for climate change adaptation can be constructively integrated into a terrestrial conservation assessment for Canada's boreal forest, one of Earth's largest remaining wilderness areas. Identifying solutions that minimize variability in projected vegetation productivity may represent a less risky conservation investment by reducing the amount of anticipated environmental change.
The Yukon Ecological and Landscape Classification Program released this Yukon Ecosystem and Landscape Classification and Mapping Guidelines report.
The guidelines were developed as a means to support a consistent, Yukon-specific approach to ecosystem classification and mapping. They present a common ELC framework specific to Yukon landscapes and vegetation. This supports land and resource management and fosters better coordination between resource sectors and managers.
Drought is a natural part of the landscape in many regions of the United States (USA). The USA has experienced periodic, severe droughts over many millennia, as documented by paleoclimatic evidence.
Responding to population pressures, fragmentation and other stressors that threaten long-term sustainability of coastal resources in the Great Lakes region, the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative has acted to unify federal agencies, state agencies and non-governmental organizations to form a Coastal Conservation Working Group.
Speaker: Dr. Luke Hunt, American Rivers Director of Headwaters Conservation
Description: The deeply-eroded channel through Indian Valley (Alpine County) was filled in 2012 using the plug and pond technique to reconnect the channel to the historic floodplain. After restoration, the previously-intermittent stream has flowed continuously, despite California's historic drought.
The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) supports a number of projects throughout the broad Pacific region, focusing on specific islands and atolls in Hawaiʽi, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Marine National Monuments.
This interactive website integrates multiple story maps and graphics about the Southwest Florida region to display anticipated changes to natural and built areas through 2060, and management options.
The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) is a shared, long-term vision for the conservation future of the Southeast and Caribbean region of the United States. Through SECAS, diverse partners are working together to design and achieve a connected network of landscapes and seascapes that supports thriving fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people.
This report from the twenty member tribes of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission focuses on the impacts of climate change to homelands, waters, and ways of life. These tribes have a historical and contemporary relationship with the watersheds and ecosystems of the Pacific Ocean coast, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Hood Canal, and Puget Sound. Virtually all of the resources and activities that treaties protect—fishing, gathering, and hunting—are impacted by the effects of climate change.
The Coastal Wetland Prioritization Tool provides information on the ecological condition, water quality, surrounding human pressures and conservation status of coastal wetlands. Through an intuitive interface, it allows coastal wetland managers to view the data, and select variables of interest, prioritize and report results.
The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Restoration Assessments help coastal wetland managers consider the broader context of their local conservation opportunities by identifying specific areas with high potential for restoration, comparing results with basemaps and oblique aerial photography and generating reports on areas of interest.
The tool allows coastal wetland managers to determine which lands are most conducive for restoration back to coastal wetland by using a restorability index model that factors in criteria such as:
Stakeholder participation is a foundation of good water governance. In the Upper Santa Cruz River basin in Arizona, USA, the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) convened a project aimed at providing scientific underpinnings for groundwater planning and management. In this project, entitled Groundwater, Climate, and Stakeholder Engagement (GCASE), stakeholders provided critical input to hydrologic modeling analyses using an innovative modeling framework for the Upper Santa Cruz River basin near Nogales, AZ.
The National Fish Habitat Partnership has released their latest This Assessment Report, released by the National Fish Habitat Partnership, summarizes all the human impacts on fish habitats in the rivers and estuaries of the United States. It evaluates the risk and major drivers of habitat degradation within major subregions, as well as individual watersheds and estuaries.
Landscape Conservation Planning and Design Workshop webinar for the Transboundary Madrean Watershed. Webinar highlights
- Existing data and resource management plans in the pilot area: We will highlight findings from our data call including the BLM's Rapid Ecological Assessments
- What to expect from the LCPD workshops Sept 21-22: We will go over the planned agenda for our meeting, as well as what to expect and what to do to prepare for the 2-day workshop
This webinar will be presented in both Spanish and English concurrently.
Presenters: The webinar will be presented by Louise Misztal, Maureen Correll, and Colleen Whitaker of DLCC Landscape Conservation Planning and Design Core Team. Webinar co-presenters who are leading coordination of the pilot area include Russell Martin with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Jeff Bennett with the National Park Service, and Alfredo Rodriguez Pineda with the World Wildlife Fund. We will be providing the webinar in bi-lingual format with both Spanish and English.
Presenters: The webinar will be presented by Louise Misztal, Maureen Correll, and Tahnee Robertson of the DLCC Landscape Conservation Planning and Design Core Team. Webinar co-presenters who are leading coordination of the pilot area include Juan Carlos Bravo with Wildlands Network and Peter Else with the Lower San Pedro Conservation Alliance.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2015.
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Crist, NatureServe
The NatureServe Vista® is an extension to ArcGIS that supports complex assessment and planning in any environment, anywhere that has data sufficient for your planning needs. The tool helps managers and planners assess impacts on a variety of natural, cultural, and development objectives, and create options for sites, and entire landscapes and seascapes.
Presenter: Lisa Johnson, Boise State University
The North Pacific LCC co-produced the 2016 Northwest Climate Magazine with the Northwest Climate Science Center and the Climate Impacts Research Consortium. The 2016 edition features stories from the NPLCC, NW CSC, CIRC, similar to the 2015 edition and this year includes new stories from the Great Basin LCC, Great Northern LCC, and a NW CSC Graduate Fellow. This year's theme focuses on water availability in the Northwest.
Federal agencies, working together with states, tribes, and other partners, designated seven Resilient Lands and Waters Partnerships across the country during the spring and summer of 2015: California Headwaters, California's North-Central Coast and Russian River Watershed, Crown of the Continent (northern Rocky Mountains), Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands (Lakes Huron & Erie), Hawaii (West Hawai'i, West Maui, and He'eia (O'ahu)), Puget Sound's Snohomish River Watershed, and Southwest Florida.
This draft document identifies and defines the responsibilities of and procedures to be followed by the four main components of the LCC Structure: the Steering Committee, Strategic Subcommittees, Work Groups and Work Group Task Teams, and LCC Staff.