The Desert LCC is working with partners to identify and fund key projects that help managers face the challenges of changing fire regimes in riparian areas and wetlands. Fire is one of many factors threatening riparian areas and wetlands, which is a growing concern given the great extent to which people and wildlife depend on these ecosystems. To address these threats, managers need information and tools that can be applied to real-world problems.
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.
Presenters: Anne Carlson, The Wilderness Society, Crown Adaptation Partnership and Erin Sexton, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana, Crown Managers Partnership, Crown Adaptation Partnership
Co-Authors: Regan Nelson, Crown Conservation Initiative, Crown Adaptation Partnership; Ian Dyson, Crown Adaptation Partnership; and Linh Hoang, US Forest Service, Northern Rockies Adaptation Partnership, Crown Managers Partnership, Crown Adaptation Partnership
Conservation planning is riddled with uncertainties, from biophysical factors such as climate change and natural disasters to socioeconomic variables, particularly political regimes and funding cycles. Strategies are often based on current trends or forecasts; however, this approach can fail to capture the full range of possible outcomes. This can lead to plans and conservation designs that only address one set of future conditions, which could rapidly become obsolete in the face of unexpected changes.
Restored and remnant riparian habitat in arid western North America can be highly vulnerable to drought and changes in agricultural water management practices; yet, environmental flow deliveries have the potential to mitigate groundwater declines and sustain habitat. We used an existing groundwater model to project how such factors might collectively increase or decrease the extent of riparian habitat in the central Colorado River Delta region in Mexico.
The Pacific Islands offer a number of contrasts with continental North America that affect the development of LCDs. The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative encompasses a huge ocean area peppered with small, unique islands. Geographical features like island scale and the land-sea interaction, biological features like endemism and invasive species, and human factors such as institutional capacity and culture all influence the type and number of LCDs that are being developed.
Remotely sensed data are valuable for monitoring, assessing, and managing impacts on arid and semi-arid lands caused by drought or other changes in the natural environment. With this in mind, we redeveloped DroughtView, a web-based decision-support tool that combines satellite-derived measures of surface greenness with additional geospatial data so that users can visualize and evaluate vegetation dynamics across space and over time.
Cynthia will discuss the collaborative conservation effort being undertaken through the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). SECAS was initiated in 2011 by states of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and the federal Southeast Natural Resource Leaders Group with support from Southeast and Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), the Southeast Climate Science Center, and the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership.
Northern Latitudes LCCs Webinar Series: Disabled Vessel Drift in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
This poster was presented at the "Quail 8" conference, a Joint Quail Conference of the 23rd Annual National Bobwhite Technical Committee Meeting and Eighth National Quail Symposium, held in Knoxville, TN July 25-28, 2017. Toby Gray, the GCPO LCC Geomatics Coordinator, presented a comparison of methods and results of the species-focused "biologist ranking information" developed by the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and the system-focused Open Pine and Grassland Watershed Ranks map layers produced by the GCPO LCC's Ecological Assessment.
The Madrean Watersheds area was selected as one of three Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Landscape Conservation Design pilot areas in early 2016. Landscape Conservation Design (LCD) is a process and a guide to action that identifies, develops and strengthens large-scale collaborative relationships. It produces information and tools needed by partners to meet common conservation goals by identifying important social values, resources, and stressors across a geography that transcends jurisdictional boundaries.
The western Corn Belt is a regional hotspot for cropland expansion and grassland loss. To gain insights into these processes, a team from South Dakota State University collected data on farm operators and their land use decisions in eastern ND and SD through a mail survey. Overall, 40% of operators converted grassland to cropland between 2004-14, with a converted area equal to 5.1% of surveyed farm acreage. The total area of converted grassland was four times larger than new enrollment in CRP.
See how the North Atlantic LCC worked toward achieving its vision of "Landscapes that sustain our natural resources and cultural heritage maintained in a healthy state through active collaboration of conservation partners and partnerships in the North Atlantic region" in 2014.
The Desert LCC unveiled its new online resource: Adaptation Strategies for Desert Amphibians. Resource provides easy access to information about strategies for adaptive management and monitoring of desert amphibians. It is built from work completed by Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle and includes significant contributions from partners working on the Desert LCC Reptile and Amphibian Team.
The North Pacific LCC Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) is a resource for multiple agencies and organizations engaging in landscape scale conservation within the North Pacific region. The North Pacific region is data-rich. However, much of these data are dispersed throughout different agency websites and portals.
The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) Planning Atlas is a data discovery, visualization, and analytical platform for stakeholders throughout the PICCC area. With the Atlas, you can search, discover, explore, and analyze spatial datasets as well as visualize results of PICCC supported projects, collaborate on specific topics, create interactive maps, generate queries and reports, download data and publications, and learn more about landscape scale conservation science and design in the region.
The Southeast Conservation Planning Atlas is the place to find and organize information, datasets, maps, and galleries for southeastern geographies. Users can explore data from a wide variety of sources that encompass all or parts of the southeastern 15 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The CPA also contains the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy Blueprint and state-level datasets.
Developed through funding from the national LCC Network and hosted on the Conservation Biology Institute’s Data Basin platform, the Great Basin LCC Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) allows users to create and share unique, science-based mapping products from over 16,000 high-priority datasets from LANDFIRE, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other agencies. The CPA prioritizes best available geospatial data related to high priority conservation issues in the Great Basin.
Rocky Mountain Research Station's latest grassland, shrubland and desert ecosystems science annual report, featuring work by Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists and their collaborators.
Here is the link: https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_journals/2017/rmrs_2017_finch_d001.pdf
This is the last of four webinars to share the results of vulnerability assessments conducted for regionally significant natural resources, some of which were identified by participants at two Adaptation Forum workshops hosted by the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2016.
This is the third of four webinars to share the results of vulnerability assessments conducted for regionally significant natural resources, some of which were identified by participants at two Adaptation Forum workshops hosted by the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2016.
In September 2016, the Desert LCC convened a workshop in Tucson, Arizona to advance development of a Landscape Conservation Design in the Madrean Watersheds Pilot Area. This workshop was the first in-person convening for Landscape Conservation Design specific to this pilot area. The workshop provided a structured, collaborative forum for articulating the planning context and developing foundational components of a Landscape Conservation Design. Participants included 93 individuals from 48 different organizations from the U.S. and Mexico.
The Eastern Mojave was selected as one of three Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Landscape Conservation Design pilot areas in early 2016. Landscape Conservation Design (LCD) is a process that identifies, develops and strengthens large-scale collaborative relationships. It produces information and tools needed by partners to meet common conservation goals by identifying important social values, resources, and stressors across a geography that transcends jurisdictional boundaries.
The 2016 annual report is organized to report achievements and progress in implementing the GCPO LCC's five long-range strategies:
This is the second of four webinars to share the results of vulnerability assessments conducted for regionally significant natural resources, some of which were identified by participants at two Adaptation Forum workshops hosted by the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2016.
This is the first of four webinars to share the results of vulnerability assessments conducted for regionally significant natural resources, some of which were identified by participants at two Adaptation Forum workshops hosted by the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2016.
This one-page double-sided flyer provides an introduction to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC and identifies the benefits of joining the community.
This one-page double-sided flyer provides an introduction to the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC and identifies the benefits of joining the community.
This slide library, provided by the Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group, originated from a 2015 project that produced a series of six webinars for grazing educators in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Top grazing educators from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin developed the webinar content and delivered the presentations, sponsored by MPFWG and the Pasture Project of Wallace Center at Winrock International. Once the webinar series was complete, educators involved agreed to make their presentation slides available to other educators.
A research study entitled "Open Pine Habitat: Desired Ecological States Provided by Managed Forests" was jointly sponsored by the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative and Mississippi State University from 2014 to 2016. The principal investigator was Dr. Ray Iglay, MSU. The project evaluated the extent to which planted pine can provide desired ecological states for wildlife species, using a literature review and meta-analyses.
This brief report highlights the major accomplishments of the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie LCC in 2016 and 2017 and features insights regarding the value of collaboration from Steering Committee co-chairs and membership, as well as the direction of the LCC going forward.
The Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative Deserts Map depicts the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Desert regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Map is 8.5 x 11 letter size version in landscape. Desert ecoregions that overlap the Desert LCC, subset from the CEC North American Environmental Atlas, Level III Terrestrial Ecoregions.
The Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative geography map depicting US and Mexico states portions within DLCC boundary. Map is 8.5 x 11 letter size in landscape.
The Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative Ecosystems Level I, II, and III Maps depicts terrestrial ecosystems at a regional scale. Maps are 8.5 x 11 letter size version in landscape.
This is a case study developed to demonstrate how one of the innovative products developed by the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC for its partners assesses a wide variety of floodplain and river-associated habitats and is being used by numerous conservation partners.
The SRLCC Steering Committee recognizes the need and importance of increasing tribal engagement efforts and formed an ad-hoc Tribal/Cultural Resource Work Group. The work group was tasked with developing an SRLCC Tribal Engagement Strategy. The strategy defines LCC investment areas to support tribal resource management efforts.
This group is a geospatial community of practice for identifying the resources, capabilities, and capacity to respond to the needs and requirements of the GCPOLCC.
It has met several times over the history of the LCC, with a large (~65) and changing set of participants. The group first met in 2011 to introduce the LCC to potential geomatics collaborators. In June and December of 2014 the group held virtual meetings, and a key focus was the set-up of the Conservation Planning Atlas.
Beginning in 2016, all recorded GCPO LCC webinars are now available at our YouTube Channel:
Webinars recorded prior to 2016 are available to play directly via Webex:
Floodplain Inundation in the GCPO and Alligator Gar spawning in the Lower Mississippi River
Presented by Yvonne Allen, GCPO LCC Aquatic Habitat Analyst, email@example.com
This policy comes from Chapter 5 of the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge Planning handbook.
This is a good overview factsheet that describes the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC and its work.
This factsheet summarizes five projects supported and coordinated by the LCC that focus on assessing the attributes of landscape patterns and forest conditions that make open pine beneficial to wildlife (including managed pine) and developing tools to assist landowners with forest management/incentive decisions.
This 8-pager provides an overview of the coordinated and strategic portfolio of conservation research projects that have been funded by four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives along the Gulf of Mexico: the Gulf Coast Prairie, Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks, South Atlantic, and Peninsular Florida LCCs.