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.
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.
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.
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.