Resources

LCCs have produced a wealth of informational documents, reports, fact sheets, webinars and more to help support resource managers in designing and delivering conservation at landscape scales.

Gulf Hypoxia Workshops

Date posted: December 4, 2018

FISHTAIL: A decision support mapper for conserving stream fish habitats of the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) region, extended to the Mississippi Basin for use in conservation planning applications such as the Gulf Hypoxia Initiative.

Assessing current and future condition of fluvial habitats

Date posted: December 4, 2018

Improved Gulf Hypoxia Planning Tool: Landscape scale planning tools focus conservation priorities through a series of region-specific lenses. These tools include: CHAT; SECAS; Gulf Hypoxia Initiative - Precision Conservation Blueprint v1.5; and landscape designs developed by the Great Plains LCC and Gulf Coast Prairie LCC.

Date posted: December 4, 2018

Improved Gulf Hypoxia Planning Tool: Landscape scale planning tools focus conservation priorities through a series of region-specific lenses. These tools include: CHAT; SECAS; Gulf Hypoxia Initiative - Precision Conservation Blueprint v1.5; and landscape designs developed by the Great Plains LCC and Gulf Coast Prairie LCC.

Date posted: December 4, 2018

Improved Gulf Hypoxia Planning Tool: Landscape scale planning tools focus conservation priorities through a series of region-specific lenses. These tools include: CHAT; SECAS; Gulf Hypoxia Initiative - Precision Conservation Blueprint v1.5; and landscape designs developed by the Great Plains LCC and Gulf Coast Prairie LCC.

Date posted: December 4, 2018

In collaboration with the staff, members and partners of the Caribbean
Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC), SustainaMetrix conducted
a process to assemble the foundation of an ecosystem governance
knowledge base over the past 11 months. The CLCC includes the
terrestrial and marine components of the Puerto Rican archipelago and
the US Virgin Islands. The purpose of an ecosystem governance
knowledge base was to contribute to the early stage development of
the CLCC with a brief analysis of pressing issues, governance contexts,

Date posted: November 30, 2018

The potential ecological and economic effects of climate change for tropical islands were studied using output from 12 statistically downscaled general circulation models (GCMs) taking Puerto Rico as a test case. Two model selection/model averaging strategies were used: the average of all available GCMs and the average of the models that are able to reproduce the observed large-scale dynamics that control precipitation over the Caribbean. Five island-wide and multidecadal averages of daily precipitation and temperature were

Date posted: November 30, 2018

The conservation community of the Caribbean can feel small, at times, or as vast as the ocean that surrounds us. In a growingly complex world of environmental and social obstacles it is imperative to work collaboratively across ecosystems, scales, disciplines and methodologies. Protecting natural and cultural resources is essential to sustaining our health and quality of life. People, along with the fish and wildlife, rely on clean water and the benefits of healthy rivers, streams, wetlands, forests, grasslands, coasts, coral reefs, estuaries and oceans in order to thrive.

Date posted: November 30, 2018

The conservation community of the Caribbean can feel small, at times, or as vast as the ocean that surrounds us. In a growingly complex world of environmental and social obstacles it is imperative to work collaboratively across ecosystems, scales, disciplines and methodologies. Protecting natural and cultural resources is essential to sustaining our health and quality of life. People, along with the fish and wildlife, rely on clean water and the benefits of healthy rivers, streams, wetlands, forests, grasslands, coasts, coral reefs, estuaries and oceans in order to thrive.

Date posted: November 30, 2018

Bats play an important role in stabilizing ecosystems by the various ecological functions they provide (Kunz et al., 2011). Mangroves, as well as marshes and estuaries, are productive ecosystems that often provide resources for terrestrial and aquatic organisms, but are vulnerable to human disturbance and sea-level rise, which may eliminate critical habitat for bats.

Date posted: November 30, 2018

Over the last 75 years, Puerto Rico transformed from an agricultural economy to an
industrialized economy and now faces economic stagnation. These transitions have direct
implications for Puerto Rico’s environment, water resources, and the health of its population.
The island of Puerto Rico is 8,700 square kilometers, made up of 78 municipios (municipalities)
with a population of 3,548,397 people, and rapidly declining.1,2 Puerto Rico’s geography and
geology present a diverse set of challenges to meet the water demands of its people and ensure

Date posted: November 30, 2018

The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) recently completed the CLCC Science Strategy: Mission Alignment to outline shared conservation values among CLCC partner entities. After meeting this important benchmark, Steering Committee (SC) members and outside reviewers suggested that the CLCC adopt a structured approach for integrating shared values and providing greater context and guidance for Science Strategy planning and implementation.

Date posted: November 30, 2018

This appendix presents detailed proceedings of the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC): Deriving Shared Objectives Workshop held on June 3-4, 2015 and June 9-10, 2015 (hereafter referred to as the “CLCC SDM Workshop”).
CLCC SDM Workshop discussions and products for each of the four days are summarized below. Detailed information can also be found on the workshop webpage at the CLCC website (click here).

Date posted: November 30, 2018

As a USFWS Fellow, I worked with Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) staff, USFWS Ecological Services (ES) staff, US Forest Service to (1) develop and implement an acoustic monitoring network to assess native bat habitat use in Puerto Rico and (2) assist in creating an acoustic database structure the existing CLCC web –based data portal to form a base for developing a wider acoustic monitoring program.

Date posted: November 30, 2018

Desert LCC Base Maps and Data describe the physical and cultural geography of the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative. These products include the Desert LCC vector boundary available as a shapefile and KML, as well as print-quality graphic design files for thematic maps including Watersheds, Land Cover, Vegetation and a Base Map. The scale of the maps is 1:2,500,000.



About the Desert LCC Region:

Date posted: November 28, 2018

DLCC’s Vegetation Map Pilot is a project envisioned initially as a supervised classification of two or three small areas of the DLCC.  DLCC technical stakeholders advised changing from a supervised classification to an object oriented classification (OOC) method.



Date posted: November 28, 2018

Data layers pertaining to habitats in the Mississippi River Basin (e.g., wetlands, and historic and presettlement vegetation) intended to support development of the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative's Conservation Blueprint.

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Base data layers (e.g., land cover, imagery and boundaries.) intended to orient users of the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative's Conservation Blueprint.

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Implementation opportunities on agricultural lands identified by the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative that may benefit wildlife, water quality, and agriculture.

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Data layers related to production systems (i.e., Corn/Soybeans, Cotton, Rice, Grazing Lands, and Bottomland/Floodplain Forest) as defined for use by the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative.

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Distribution models and ranges of species of interest to the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative.

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Datasets that provide landscape context for evaluation of implementation opportunities.

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Water quality data for gulf hypoxia blueprint

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Watershed-based data layers related to targeting implementation opportunities for improving both local water quality, and that of the Gulf of Mexico.

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Base data layers (e.g., land cover, imagery and boundaries.) intended to orient users of the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative's Conservation Blueprint.

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Data layers pertaining to the management, restoration, or acquisition designations of state, federal, and non-government organizations (e.g., Focus Areas, Opportunity Areas, Priority Areas, Outstanding Natural Areas) along with the conservation estate (i.e. protected lands) within the Mississippi River Basin and intended to support development of the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative's Conservation Blueprint.

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Data layers related to habitat systems as defined for use by the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative (i.e., headwater row crop fields; upland prairies; mid-sized riparian streams; mainstem floodplains in the upper and lower Mississippi River Basin).

Date posted: November 27, 2018

Data layers related to geophysical characteristics e.g., slope, soil characteristics, and topographic position intended to support development of the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative's Conservation Blueprint.

Date posted: November 27, 2018

The National Landcover Database (NLCD) from the United States (2001) and the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) (2000), and a classified Landsat TM scene to fill the gap between the US and Canada were mosaicked together. Landsat images from June or July 2000-2002 were used to be consistent with timing of other data layers. Landcover across the layers were crosswalked and standardized into 5 classes: crop, grassland, other/non-habitat, woody vegetation and water/wetlands.

Date posted: November 22, 2018

The National Landcover Database (NLCD) from the United States (2001) and the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) (2000), and a classified Landsat TM scene to fill the gap between the US and Canada were mosaicked together. Landsat images from June or July 2000-2002 were used to be consistent with timing of other data layers. Landcover across the layers were crosswalked and standardized into 5 classes: crop, grassland, other/non-habitat, woody vegetation and water/wetlands.

Date posted: November 22, 2018

In the United States, many resources devoted to conservation are routed through states, but animal and plant populations do not conform to state boundaries. Consequently, neighboring states can enhance their collective conservation impact by coordinating natural resources management. In order to support managers as they review and revise state Wildlife Action Plans in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, this project identified regional conservation priorities for streams and grasslands of the Upper Midwest.

Date posted: November 17, 2018

The data represent sandy beaches, from Maine to Virginia, before Hurricane Sandy which made landfall on October 29, 2012 from the "Beach and Tidal Inlet Habitat Inventories" project. The North Atlantic coast, Maine to Long Island Sound and the Mid-Atlantic coast, Montauk, NY to Virginia datasets used different methodology and are discribed below.



North Atlantic:

Date posted: November 8, 2018

The data are from the Sediment Placement Projects on Sandy Beaches in the U.S. Atlantic Coast Breeding Range of the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) prior to Hurricane Sandy.



This dataset represents the approximate locations of sediment placement projects along the U.S. North Atlantic coast from Maine through Virginia prior to the time that Hurricane Sandy made landfall in October 2012.



Date posted: November 8, 2018
Thematic galleries in the online interface

A common need identified by conservation partners is a forum for sharing lessons learned from on-the-ground resource management. It is also critical to communicate “actionable science” in a way that allows resource managers to use this growing knowledge base.

Date posted: November 6, 2018

Systematic conservation planning is well suited to address the many large-scale biodiversity conservation challenges facing the Appalachian region. However, broad, well-connected landscapes will be required to sustain many of the natural resources important to this area into the future. If these landscapes are to be resilient to impending change, it will likely require an orchestrated and collaborative effort reaching across jurisdictional and political boundaries.

Date posted: October 17, 2018

These 26 climate envelope models and associated "read me" file are described in the final report for the LCC-funded project, "Climate Envelope Models in Support of Landscape Conservation." These climate envelope models describe the climate where each species currently lives and then map the geographic shift of that range under climate change. Multiple climage change scenarios inform these models.

Date posted: October 11, 2018

The Western Gulf Coast provides important habitat for migratory and resident waterfowl. The mottled duck(*Anas fulvigula*) relies on this region for all of its life-cycle events. Its relatively small population, limited worldwide range, and generally declining population trajectory has earned it a “Red” status on the Audubon WatchList and is a species of concern among state and federal agencies.

Date posted: October 3, 2018

Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) provides many critical ecosystem services, yet we lack basic information on SAV assemblages, biomass and diversity across expansive coasts such as the northern Gulf of Mexico (nGoM).

Date posted: September 29, 2018

Identifying distributions of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) across the northern Gulf of Mexico (NGOM) coastal landscape necessitates describing ecological processes in estuarine gradients. SAV assemblages are ecological indicators of aquatic ecosystem health; spatial and temporal distributions are strongly correlated to environmental conditions. Many wildlife species, including waterfowl, are dependent on SAV and seeds in NGOM coastal marshes for food and habitat.

Date posted: September 29, 2018
Preview image of LCD-Recommended-Practices-v1-092818.pdf

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 process.

The guide contains five sections covering major themes in LCD. Each section describes vetted practices that one or more LCCs used in their LCD work; provides resources for further information; and presents a case study where the practices have been implemented.

Date posted: September 28, 2018
Preview image of Eastern Mojave April 2018 Partner Workshop Report.pdf

A workshop was held for the Eastern Mojave Conservation Collaborative at Clark County Wetlands Park in Las Vegas, NV, on April 10-11, 2018.

Date posted: September 25, 2018

The impacts from climate change are increasing the possibility of vulnerable coastal species and habitats crossing critical thresholds that could spur rapid and possibly irreversible changes. For species of high conservation concern, improved knowledge of quantitative thresholds could greatly improve management. To meet this need, we synthesized information pertaining to biological responses as tipping points to sea level rise (SLR) and coastal storms for 45 fish, wildlife, and plant species along the U.S.

Date posted: September 24, 2018

The Northeast United States and Atlantic Canada share many of the same types of forests, wetlands, and natural communities, and from a wildlife perspective the region is one contiguous forest. However, resources are classified and mapped differently on the two sides of the border, creating challenges for habitat evaluation, species modeling, and predicting the effects of climate change.

Date posted: September 14, 2018

To create a wall-to-wall surface of landscape permeability we used the software CIRCUITSCAPE (McRae and Shah 2009), an innovative program that models species and population movements as if they were electric current flowing through a landscape of variable resistance. Circuit modeling is conceptually aligned with the concept of landscape permeability because it recognizes that movement through a landscape is affected by a variety of impediments, and it quantifies the degree and the directional outcomes of the compounding effects.

Date posted: August 21, 2018