Guidance documents

Preview image of LCC-Network-Definition-of-Design_2016.pdf
September 8, 2016

Landscape conservation design is of broad importance for achieving the goals of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Network. This document articulates the LCC Network’s Definition of landscape conservation design.

Preview image of LCC-Network-Characteristics-of-Design_v1.0_2016-2018.pdf
September 8, 2016

In 2016, coordinators and science coordinators from the LCCs developed and adopted eight characteristics reflecting current information from scientific literature and conservation practitioners about attributes important for relevant and useful designs.

Preview image of LCC_Council_Charter_9-21-15.pdf
September 21, 2015

Landscape Conservation Cooperative Council Charter - revised Sept. 21, 2015

Preview image of LCC_Bulletin_2.pdf
January 1, 2010

This 2010 document was developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to define the geographic framework for biological planning and conservation design.

Preview image of LCC_Bulletin_1.pdf
January 1, 2010

This 2010 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service document describes the form and function of LCCs including their guiding principles, core capacities, organization, products and services and their relationship to Regional Climate Science Centers.

Preview image of LCD-Recommended-Practices-v1-092818.pdf
September 28, 2018

This is a practitioner’s guide to landscape conservation design (LCD) leverages the knowledge, years of collaborative-focused experiences on landscape-scale conservation issues, and the legacy of the LCCs to provide practical guidance to anyone looking to facilitate or participate in an LCD...

Preview image of r1840.pdf
November 2, 2017

This guidebook focuses on prairie reconstruction defined as the planting of a native seed mixture composed of multiple prairie species in an area where the land has been cultivated or anthropogenically disturbed.

Image from the story map about mapping wetlands
October 12, 2017

Shaped by geologic events and agricultural practices, the wetlands in the arid Columbia Plateau, which stretches from interior British Columbia to eastern Washington and Oregon, are highly beneficial to people and working lands.

Prairie Strips Slide
October 3, 2017

Lisa A. Schultea,1, Jarad Niemib, Matthew J. Helmersc, Matt Liebmand, J. Gordon Arbucklee, David E. Jamesf, Randall K. Kolkag, Matthew E. O’Nealh, Mark D. Tomerf, John C. Tyndalla, Heidi Asbjornseni, Pauline Drobneyj, Jeri Nealk, Gary Van Ryswykl, and Chris Wittec

Cover of the Beaver Restoration Guidebook
August 17, 2017

The North Pacific LCC is pleased to announce that Version 2.0 of The Beaver Restoration Guidebook (BRG) is available for use on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office website.

Preview image of FWS Strategic growth policy.pdf
June 8, 2017

This policy comes from Chapter 5 of the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge Planning handbook.

Preview image of ASMTCharterSeptember2012.pdf
June 7, 2017

This is the original charter developed in 2012 to guide the work of the LCC's Adaptation Science Management Team or ASMT.  

Preview image of IU Grand Challenge Lower Wabash LCD Project Briefing 5-10-17 DISTR.pdf
May 22, 2017

On May 10, 2017, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced that IU will invest $55 million to help Indiana develop actionable solutions that prepare businesses, farmers, communities and individuals for the effects of ongoing environmental change.

Preview image of Lower Wabash LCD Strategic Plan May 2017 draft.pdf
May 22, 2017

Local and regional organizations and agencies have together created a DRAFT Lower Wabash Strategic Framework to support a landscape conservation design to protect and improve habitats, working lands, and ecosystem services and functions, and provide benefits for wildlife and water...

Preview image of Urban Monarch Guidebook FINAL 050217.pdf
May 1, 2017

The Urban Monarch Conservation Guidebook is intended to support the efforts of people like city planners and conservation practitioners who are interested in identifying the best places and methods to create people- and pollinator-friendly habitat on the ground in urban areas.

Preview image of GCPO 2016 Communications Strategy Final online version.pdf
April 28, 2017

This is the second edition of the GCPO LCC communications strategy, reflecting updates to communications practices and an expanded set of audiences, communications activities, and goals that reflect the maturing nature of the GCPO LCC in achieving its mission.

Preview image of Nature-of-Americans_National_Report_1.2_4-26-17.pdf
April 27, 2017

The Nature of Americans is a national initiative to understand and connect Americans and nature. This report details insights, major findings, and recommendations for the United States as a whole.

CCWG Flowchart
April 12, 2017

This draft Charter defines the identity and purpose of the Great Lakes Coastal Conservation Working Group, and outlines the structure and guiding principles.

Preview image of 2017_0317_GBLCC-OnlinePublicForum_Summary.pdf
April 11, 2017

The Great Basin LCC hosted an online Public Forum from Jan. 23 – Feb. 8, 2017.

Science Daily Logo
March 16, 2017

Research from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences explores which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems - trees, shrubs, or grasses that simultaneously benefit the environment and generate high-value...

Preview image of journal.pone_.0172458.pdf
March 1, 2017

This research paper describes The Nature Conservancy's coastal conservation prioritization for Western Lake Erie.

Preview image of SRLCC_DataMgmtPlan_FINAL_April2015.pdf
March 1, 2017

This document specifies the standard for data and information delivery for Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SRLCC) science providers. It specifies project-level data management practices, data documentation, format standards, and product delivery processes.

Southwest Climate Science Center Logo
February 28, 2017

Atmospheric rivers may strongly influence yearly wildfire and vegetation in the southwestern U.S., according to this publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences from scientists working with the Southwest Climate Science Center.

Preview image of ClimateDecisionFramework_FINAL_corrected.pdf
February 13, 2017

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.

Preview image of ClimateChange_01-05_DigitalPrelim.pdf
January 11, 2017

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.

Preview image of Beier_et_al-2016-Conservation_Letters.pdf
January 5, 2017

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,...

Preview image of Powers_et_al-2016-Remote_Sensing_in_Ecology_and_Conservation.pdf
December 29, 2016

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.

Preview image of plowprint_AnnualReport_2016_GenInfo_FINAL_112016.pdf
December 28, 2016
The Plowprint Report, which includes both a general information and technical version, has been developed to broaden public awareness of grasslands loss, and to offer a consistent way for the conservation community to track year-to-year grassland conversion to cropland across the focal regions of th
Preview image of ELC-classification-mapping-guidelines-version1.0.pdf
December 23, 2016

The Yukon Ecological and Landscape Classification Program released this Yukon Ecosystem and Landscape Classification and Mapping Guidelines report.

Preview image of Final-CCR-Stand-alone.pdf
December 12, 2016

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.

Preview image of RLW-Final-Report.pdf
November 17, 2016

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...

Preview image of CASH_Entire_Handbook_FINAL_100716.pdf
November 7, 2016

The National Park Service published a Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook that summarizes the current state of NPS climate adaptation and key approaches for use in coastal parks.

Preview image of IRFMS_Actionable_Science_Plan.pdf
November 1, 2016

This Science Plan will serve as an action-oriented blueprint for acquiring scientific information needed to restore and conserve the imperiled ‘sagebrush sea,’ a roughly 500,000-square-mile area of sagebrush steppe habitat across western North America.

Preview image of 332olliff.pdf
October 31, 2016

A special issue of the journal of the George Wright Society focusing on landscape-scale conservation in North America features an article highlighting the unique role that LCCs play in addressing conservation challenges that require coordination and collaboration across vast geographies.

Preview image of rmrs_2016_maestas_j001.pdf
September 27, 2016
This publication examines ecosystem resilience and resistance concepts, and how these concepts can help managers better understand key drivers of ecosystem change, identify relative risks of crossing thresholds to undesired states, and design appropriate management actions to promote desired ecosyst
Preview image of ES-2016-8620.pdf
September 13, 2016

Floodplains pose challenges to managers of conservation lands because of constantly changing interactions with their rivers. Bouska et al.

Preview image of knick_etal_EcolEvol2013.pdf
August 30, 2016

Modeling ecological minimum requirements for distribution of greater sage-grouse leks: implications for population connectivity across their western range, U.S.A.

The Integration Imperative Cover Image
August 26, 2016

A book on cumulative effects written primarily by a team of UNBC professors, with several northern British Columbia examples.

Editors: Gillingham, M.P., Halseth, G.R., Johnson, C.J., Parkes, M.W. (Eds.)

Preview image of Wetland_Ephemerality.pdf
August 10, 2016

Wetlands are highly dynamic ecosystem components that fluctuate dramatically in inundation and persistence of water both within and across years. However, these systems are commonly classified in a deterministic, discrete manner that does not reflect inherent spatial and temporal variation.

Preview image of considering-climate-change.pdf
August 4, 2016

Climate change is altering coastal environments and how conservation is approached.

Preview image of PPAP_2016.pdf
June 28, 2016

This Pollinator Partnership Action Plan (PPAP) provides examples of successful past and ongoing collaborations between the Federal government and non-Federal institutions to support pollinator health. It also highlights areas that are ripe for future collaboration.

Preview image of 14_GreatBasin_FS_Ott_SeedingTechniques.pdf
April 21, 2016

The latest publication in the Great Basin LCC's fact sheet series focusing on seeding techniques for sagebrush restoration after fire.

Preview image of California Climate Vulnerability Assessment of Macrogroup Vegetation_01.31.2016_FINAL.pdf
February 23, 2016
California Department of Fish & Wildlife and UC Davis has completed "A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of California's Terrestrial Vegetation". This report assesses 29 natural vegetation types in California across four alternate projected climates by the end of the century.
Preview image of LMR HGM Final - web.pdf
January 11, 2016

This report provides a hydrogeomorphic (HGM) evaluation of ecosystem restoration options for the Lower Missouri River (LMR) floodplain from River Mile (RM) 670 south of Decatur, Nebraska to RM 0 at St. Louis, Missouri. This LMR floodplain covers 680 river miles and about 1.5 million acres.

Preview image of ahc_colllaborative_charter.pdf
December 28, 2015

This Charter defines the mission and vision for the Great Lakes Region Aquatic Habitat Connectivity Collaborative, as well as roles and decision making procedures.

Preview image of Oklahoma_State-wide_Interpretive_Booklet.pdf
September 30, 2015

State wildlife biologists and other natural resource professionals have recognized the need for accurate current vegetation maps to facilitate conservation planning and management for decades.