A workshop was held for the Eastern Mojave Conservation Collaborative at Clark County Wetlands Park in Las Vegas, NV, on April 10-11, 2018.
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: Ben Walker & Pauline Drobney, USFWS, Prairie Reconstruction Initiative
The PRI Database is a powerful tool for improving our success at reconstructing prairies. Documentation of what occurred on a site is crucial to understanding and evaluating the outcome of that reconstruction. By analyzing the results of multiple reconstructions across multiple contexts, we can better understand which factors have the greatest impact on the effectiveness of prairie reconstruction techniques and management strategies.
Presenter: Brian Tangen, USGS
A case study is an example of an on-the-ground conservation project, monitoring and adaptive management program, collaborative conservation effort, or resource assessment project. Case study narratives focus on lessons learned and share project resources (such as presentations and protocols) for projects implemented in the southwestern US and northern Mexico. Most importantly, case studies increase communication between resource managers and the scientific community throughout the region by sharing stories that are not otherwise readily accessible.
Collaborative Conservation and Adaptation Strategy Toolbox (CCAST)
An Online Library of Conservation Case Studies
Through the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative, conservation partners in the southwestern US and northern Mexico identified the need to create an inventory of case studies on management actions, partnership and collaboration, monitoring, and adaptive management. Sharing lessons learned through case studies can inform management practices by facilitating communication and learning in the conservation community.
Presented by: David Hennessy of Michigan State University and Tong Wang of South Dakota State University
Because diversions of stream flow in the Rio Grande watershed predate stream gaging, there are no historical data that describe the natural flow regime of the river. We present the results of our work to define the natural flow regime of the northern branch of the river upstream from Presido/Ojinaga and of the Río Conchos. We demonstrate that more than 90% of the natural flow is not used for upstream agriculture and municipal uses or is lost due to reservoir evaporation and riparian zine evapotranspiration.
On its southbound course from Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande provides water resources for more than 13 million people. The quantity of water flowing into the northern section of the river depends on how much snowpack from the Rocky Mountains melts into runoff, and on seasonal precipitation rates during and after the snowmelt season. This project combines historical data and climate model projections to assess and enhance seasonal prediction models relating winter snowpack to subsequent runoff in the upper Rio Grande.
Severe droughts and economic development in the Rio Grande Basin have significantly impacted the quantity and quality of water for natural and human systems, consequently affecting ecosystem services of the river. Studies on human perceptions about ecosystem benefits of the Rio Grande, including economic value of water ecosystem services are scarce, but crucial to improve resilience of the river watershed.
Understanding how to manage scarce water during drought is one of the great challenges we face as a society, particularly for communities in the Rio Grande Basin. Severe drought, coupled with human development, have profoundly impacted the quantity and quality of water in the basin.
The Rio Grande/Río Bravo is the lifeline of the arid region that stretches across the southern United States and Mexico, and supplying drinking water for more that 6 million people, including numerous Native American tribes, and irrigating about 2 million acres of land. The river also forms about 1,250 miles of the international border between the United State and Mexico from El Paso/Ciudad Juarez to the Gulf of Mexico.
Presenter: Justin Meissen, Research and Restoration Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa, Tallgrass Prairie Center
This webinar provides an overview of the Eastern Mojave Landscape Conservation design effort to develop indicators that will best guide future management actions and track long term ecosystem health across the Eastern Mojave. The webinar also provides instructions on how you can join the discussion on indicators through a virtual meeting in your web browser. This meeting will be open for discussion through February 15, 2018.
The 2017 GCPO LCC Annual Report provides a summary of progress made in 2017, highlights the State of the GCPO Report, and summarizes 9 ongoing projects that are either using Blueprint data to inform local/regional conservation or will improve underlying datasets to be incorporated into Blueprint 2.0 in 2018.
Webinar date: Dec 7, 2017
Speaker: James J. Roberts, U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado Water Science Center, Fort Collins, CO
John Devney presents a program (Working Wetlands) that Delta Waterfowl has been working on for the past few years which has been guided significantly by input from North Dakota waterfowl and wetland experts as well as North Dakota agricultural group leadership. The tool is an effort to create a new voluntary, incentive based working lands tool to conserve small shallow wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region because of their incredible importance to breeding ducks.
The Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS) at the University of Alaska Anchorage, in partnership with the Northwest Boreal LCC, embarked on a project to map and quantify the human footprint across interior Alaska and northwestern Canada.
The Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas is a comprehensive, trans-boundary atlas that represents the current state of knowledge in a wide breadth of relevant Arctic marine domains centered around the North Pacific Arctic, ranging from physical oceanography to species ecology to human uses. Our process involves intensive research and consultation with experts, as well as gathering and analyzing the most recent and robust data available.
The Northwest Boreal LCC is pleased to announce the launch of the Northwest Boreal Science and Management Research Tool. This webinar discusses how users can explore thousands of curated scholarly articles, state and federal resource reports, land management plans, and more. Each entry includes geographic information about the area of study, allowing users to draw a box on a map to narrow searches to information directly related to a specific region in Alaska, the Yukon, British Columbia, and Northwest Territories.
Hooligan (Eulachon or Saak), a small anadromous smelt species, have been a culturally significant subsistence species for the Tlingit people for generations. Declines in the southern distinct populations (SDP) located in California, Oregon, and Washington and their eventual listing as Threatened in 2010 promoted the Chilkoot Indian Association (CIA) and the Takshanuk Watershed Council (TWC) to being a long-term population monitoring program in northern Southeast Alaska.
The Northwest Boreal LCC (NWB LCC) envisions a dynamic landscape that maintains functioning, resilient boreal ecosystems, and associated cultural resources. To support this vision, the NWB LCC partnered with the BEACONs Project to implement a new approach to conservation planning, including the identification of ecological benchmarks to support implementation of active adaptive management.
The Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks is a 180-million-acre region that includes all of Arkansas and Mississippi and parts of 10 additional states spanning 5 major subgeographies: the Ozark Highlands (OZHI), West Gulf Coastal Plain (WGCP), East Gulf Coastal Plain (EGCP), Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV), and Gulf Coast (GC).
Webinar date: Nov 9, 2017
Speaker: Miguel Villarreal, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Geographic Science Center
Co-authors: Eric Waller and Travis Poitras, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Geographic Science Center
Michael Duniway and Travis Nauman, U.S. Geological Survey-Southwest Biological Science Center
A product of the Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan, this weekly webinar series is devoted to dessiminating scientific research and monitoring associated with prairie grasslands and wetlands in Minnesota. Recordings of the series are posted each week, and include topics such as surveys and zoo-based breeding efforts for conservation of rare prairie butterflies, land management impact on grassland bird abundance, and managing native prairie in an Adaptive Management framework, to name just a few.
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. Reconstructing prairies on former cultivated areas provides opportunities to create sustainable and resilient grassland cover.
The PFLCC has utilized urbanization and climate change scenarios previously developed by USFWS, USGS, and staff at MIT. These stakeholder based scenarios initially covered half of Florida and were expanded to the whole state. The webinar will discuss the development, challenges, and opportunities of the scenarios both at the statewide scale and at smaller more localized scales including a couple of adaptation/scenario planning projects in the Florida Keys.
GCPO LCC staff created this GCPO LCC Legacy Report in fall 2017 to summarize the work of the LCC over the last 7 years. This Legacy Report captures our significant accomplishments and milestone achievements and highlights the history our partnership’s development and evolution. The document also provides a synopsis of projects that are in progress as of October 2017 and scheduled to be completed in 2018/19. It also identifies important unfinished business of the GCPO LCC.
Webinar Hosts: Great Norhern and Southern Rockies LCCs
Presenter: Nina Hadley, Director of Project Creation, Adventure Scientists
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. These “wetland ecosystems” store water, recharge groundwater, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and much more.
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
The EPA's Hypoxia Task Force includes federal and state agencies and the tribes. Federal agencies include those with responsibilities over activities in the Mississippi River and its basin, and in the Gulf of Mexico. The role of the Task Force is to provide executive level direction and support for coordinating the actions of participating organizations working on nutrient management within the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed. The Task Force has designated members of a Coordinating Committee, and solicits information from interested stakeholders.
DESERT LCC PRIORITY STRESSORS BY ECOSYSTEM: A PRODUCT OF THE LANDSCAPE-SCALE MONITORING TEAM
Ecosystems are based on Brown and Lowe’s Biotic Communities of the Southwest. Stressors are adapted from the nomenclature framework presented by Salafsky et al. 2008.
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.
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.