We're pleased to share with you the April issue of the LCC Network Lookout, our updated e-newsletter highlighting the latest stories from the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and partners.
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.
The latest publication in the Great Basin LCC's fact sheet series focusing on seeding techniques for sagebrush restoration after fire. The fact sheet outlines important considerations and options for post-fire seeding, including the selection of seed mixes and seeding equipment for restoring sagebrush communities following fire. References and resources are offered for greater detail and guidance on specific topics.
The 2015 annual report is organized to report achievements and progress in implementing the GCPO LCC's five long-range strategies:
Reporting on activities and achievement for the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2015.
How can we shift from reactive to proactive conservation planning in northern regions, and what does it look like? Fiona Schmiegelow, Kim Lisgo, Pierre Vernier, and Alberto Suarez-Esteban of the BEACONs project recently presented applications of the Conservation Matrix Model (CMM), and the process of applying it.
In 2012, Region 6 of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) obtained Inter-LCC Science Funding to support original research and development of decision support tools to further landscape-scale conservation of Greater sage-grouse within and across the four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) comprising the birds’ range. USFWS partnered with Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to deliver this program.
Climate change predictions include warming and drying trends, which are expected to be particularly pronounced in the southwestern United States. In this region, grassland dynamics are tightly linked to available moisture, yet it has proven difficult to resolve what aspects of climate drive vegetation change.
These are living documents, open to revision, depicting the emerging landscape-scale conservation needs across the Tallgrass Prairie LCC geography.
The Gulf Coast Prairie LCC Conservation Planning Atlas is a platform that allows users to discover, access and integrate existing spatial data layers and maps for use in analysis and conservation planning.
The South Atlantic CPA is a free mapping portal designed to share regional spatial data. You can overlay multiple layers, create and export maps, and download data. In addition to the Conservation Blueprint, you'll find information about connectivity, protected lands, urban growth, and much more.
This document highlights the major accomplishments of the past year, including Blueprint 2.0, the Simple Viewer, the State of the South Atlantic, and many exciting success stories where the Blueprint helped bring new conservation dollars to the region.
Summary of Science Research Projects Funded by the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative Completed Through 2015
The Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative funds science research to better understand the ecological processes required for conservation of wildlife within the Great Plains. These research project summaries were written by the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative to inform partners and the greater public of the important research funded through the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
Speaker: Jered Hansen, Southern Rockies LCC
Last year, the USDA Regional Climate Hubs released their first Hub-wide product, the Climate Hubs Tool Shed. The Tool Shed is an online, searchable database of tools to assist in adapting working lands to the impacts of climate change. While many of the tools were developed specifically to address climate change, several were instead developed to aid in mitigating impacts of drought, pests, wildfire, and extreme weather.
While the science of environmental flows is ever-growing and expanding, there are few compendiums of efforts to define the quantity of water needed to maintain riparian and aquatic species. In 2015 the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative provided support to the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and Northern Arizona University to create such a compendium for the DLCC geography. The Desert Flows Database summarizes key data from over 400 studies on riparian and aquatic species and provides users with a one-stop-shop for available (published) information.
Southeast Aquatic Connectivity Assessment Project (SEACAP) map and prioritization tool are designed to be screening-level tools that can be used to help investigate potential fish passage / aquatic organism passage opportunities in the Southeast United States in the context of many ecological factors.
The Chesapeake Fish Passage Prioritization project was designed to help managers identify potential fish passage projects that are most likely to produce ecological benefits. Results include three consensus-based scenarios that depict dams in the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed where passage projects would provide the greatest potential benefit for diadromous fish, resident fish, and brook trout, respectively. Additionally, an interactive map and tool allows users to examine results in the context of other relevant data, develop custom scenarios, and to model the effects of cond
The network of sea lamprey barriers consists of purpose-built barriers as well as numerous dams constructed for other purposes that also serve to block upstream migration of adult sea lampreys. The location and design of purpose-built barriers are determined by a team of experts and are generally designed to block adults while allowing jumping fish to pass safely.
Fishworks is a web-based GIS platform that allows users to access sophisticated optimization tools that identify barriers which, if removed, would maximize habitat improvements for migratory fish in the Great Lakes Basin. On Fishworks, users can decide which barriers are optimized and the cost and benefits that are considered in the optimization, and then visualize the results.
Presenters: Dave Peterson, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Jessica Halofsky, University of Washington
SPECIAL NOTE: This webinar will reach attendee capacity. Space is limited to the first 100 people logged in day of webinar, not date of registration. If you are registered and can’t get into the webinar, we will send you an email with the recording link in one week. We appreciate your understanding.
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. While currently free-flowing, the LMR today is highly regulated by upstream reservoirs and water-control protocols and the river channel is greatly restricted and altered in a channelized form.
The South Atlantic LCC square and rectangular logos.
This Charter defines the mission and vision for the Great Lakes Region Aquatic Habitat Connectivity Collaborative, as well as roles and decision making procedures.
The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) describes warming sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean that typically correspond with cool and wet precipitation events in California and the Lower Colorado River Basin during an El Niño event. The latest El Niño episode is projected to be one of the strongest, if not the strongest on record, garnering significant attention from the public, media, and water resource managers throughout the U.S.
This is the primary access to the LC MAP Data Catalog tool, powered by ScienceBase. LC MAP was originally developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in coordination with multiple partners and is broadly available for ScienceBase users to share, access, and analyze common datasets. LC MAP was developed to aid resource managers share data across partners agencies and perform intensive geospatial analysis on a landscape scale.
Economies need nature. Economic development and quality of life depend upon natural capital. Natural capital produces economically valuable tangible goods, such as food, water, timber and fish, as well as less tangible but still vitally important services, including flood risk reduction, drinking water filtration, recreation, and aesthetic value.
Speakers: Jason Writer – University of Wyoming and Harry Crockett – Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The first part of this webinar will provide an introduction on the need for the development of the Inland Cutthroat Trout Viewing and Editing Web Application. This includes information about the Cutthroat Conservation and Recovery Teams and the value of the Inland Cutthroat Protocol for maintaining current information on species and habitat status, as well as other benefits.
Climate, sea level rise, and urbanization are undergoing unprecedented levels of combined change and are expected to have large effects on natural resources—particularly along the Gulf of Mexico coastline (Gulf Coast). Management decisions to address these effects (i.e., adaptation) require an understanding of the relative vulnerability of various resources to these stressors. To meet this need, the four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives along the Gulf partnered with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to conduct this Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA).
Amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna) have been linked to specific microhabitat characteristics, microclimates, and water resources in riparian forests. Our objective was to relate variation in herpetofauna abundance to changes in habitat caused by a beetle used for Tamarix biocontrol (Diorhabda carinulata; Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and riparian restoration. From 2009-2014 we measured vegetation and monitored herpetofauna at locations affected by biocontrol along the Virgin River in the Mohave Desert of the southwestern USA.
The Restoration Handbook for Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems aids wildlife and habitat managers in developing strategies to prioritize where and how to invest in sagebrush steppe ecosystem restoration efforts. The handbook was produced by the Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP) in collaboration with a team of inter-disciplinary researchers.
The LCC Network Conservation Science Plan (Science Plan) advances a strategic conservation framework to identify and describe the common science and technical priorities and practices that transcend individual LCC geographies and support the LCC Network’s vision and mission.
- The models generating these maps are the first to take into account the ability of marshes to accrete, or keep up with, rising sea levels, in the San Francisco Bay Estuary.
- Point Blue has generated a series of scenarios to provide a range of projections to address the uncertainty in future rates of sea-level rise and suspended sediment availability.
- Our maps cover the entire Estuary allowing for analyses at multiple spatial scales.
- This tool displays maps created at a high spatial resolution using the best available elevation data.
The Nature Conservancy - with support from the Appalachian LCC - completed a study to assist policy makers, land management agencies, and industry in assessing potential future energy development and how that may overlap with biological and ecological values.
This report represents the result of a 3-day Workshop of the Cooperative's Steering Committee and key Partners to produce a collaborative, integrated, and science-driven 5-Year Work Plan. It will serve as our guide in moving the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative forward to advance the efforts of the broader conservation community in addressing large-scale environmental and climate impacts.
The Adaptation Workbook is a structured process to consider the potential effects of climate change on forest ecosystems and design forest management and conservation actions that can help prepare for changing conditions. The process is completely flexible to accommodate a wide variety of geographic locations, scales, forest types, management goals, and ownership types. The Workbook consists of 5 basic steps:
The RPCCR tool enables users to dynamically locate areas (within the selected region) in the riparian zone that would benefit most from increased shading produced by planting of trees. The tool operates on a 200 meter stream buffer (100 on each side), and requires the user to specify values for maximum percent canopy cover and minimum solar gain percentile. The user can additionally choose to include minimum elevation (meters) and maximum percent impervious surface values in the analysis.
The Southern Rockies LCC Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) provides a platform to access and integrate geospatial data sets, maps, and information for use in analysis and conservation planning.
The Climate Commons offers a starting point for discovery of climate change data and related resources, information about the science that produced it, and guidance for applying climate change science to conservation in California.
This assessment measures all of the South Atlantic LCC's natural and cultural resource indicators and scores them on an A/B/C/D/F scale. It’s a snapshot in time that tells us how our lands and waters are doing today, setting the baseline for future assessments so we can start to identify trends and track the impacts of our conservation actions.
The South Atlantic LCC has released its 2014 Annual Report highlighting the key accomplishments of the past year. The staff has dedicated this year’s progress to our Coordinator, Ken McDermond. It's a great refresher on all the great things we achieved together as a community!
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. The Oklahoma Geographic Information Council has pursued avenues to up-date and improve statewide current vegetation maps for at least the five years before this project began.
The Conservation Planning Atlas is a platform for data discovery, sharing and collaboration for partners working on Landscape Conservation Design. With the CPA, you can search for spatial datasets, make maps, create galleries that support collaborative efforts, and learn more about conservation science and design.
Blueprint 2.0 is a living map showing the best places for shared conservation action in the face of climate change, urban growth, and sea-level rise. The data-driven online tool includes all the terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems of the South Atlantic. The tool allows you to see how much Blueprint 2.0 priority areas, ecosystems, and indicators are within specific sub-watersheds or marine lease blocks. You can also see how well indicators are doing within one watershed or marine lease block, compared to the South Atlantic region on average.
A single-page, introductory flier summarizing the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands LCCs mission, goals, geography, etc.
With support from the Southern Rockies LCC and the Bureau of Reclamation, the Springs Stewardship Institute (SSI) at the Museum of Northern Arizona is launching a new two-year project. The goal of the project is to provide springs managers with comprehensive, current information regarding springs and springs-dependent species through a secure, user-friendly online database, and to develop a landscape-based climate change risk model for the region.
The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is a partnership of federal, state, nonprofit, and private organizations dedicated to conserving a landscape capable of sustaining the nation’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
The Ecological Assessment focuses on using existing LCC-wide digital geospatial datasets to quantify expert-defined metrics of habitat quality, with particular emphasis on assessing three basic themes as they relate to Desired Ecological States of each habitat system:
This factsheet describes how federal agencies are coordinating across climate partnership networks to provide context-specific data, information, and tools for decision makers to improve practices and make risk management and adaptation decisions that are climate- and weather-sensitive. These networks include Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, Climate Science Centers (USGS), Regional Climate Hubs (USDA), and Regional Climate Partnerships (NOAA and partners). This factsheet has been updated as of March 2017.