Tom Melius, Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Terry Steinwand, Director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, co-chair the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative. They discuss why landscape conservation, a holistic approach to identifying science needs and conservation actions, is defining the future of how their and partner agencies are conducting business.
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.
2013 Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative Draft Communications Plan
Updated: August 17, 2012
Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Technical Committee members hear from Rick Sodja on a recently funded North Central Climate Science Center project that integrates climate and biological data into land management decision models to assess species and habitat vulnerability. This research specifically focuses on Greater Sage-Grouse and their habitats.
These documents provide the foundation for the LCC Coordinators Team, or LCT. The LCT was established to develop the necessary and appropriate levels of consistent communication, collaboration, and other unifying actions across the LCCs to ensure that the Network’s vision and mission are being fulfilled.
This one page fact sheet was developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to provide a brief overview of LCCs and their purpose.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with the global conservation community, has recognized that the conservation challenges of the 21st century far exceed the responsibilities and footprint of any individual agency or program. The ecological effects of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors do not recognize geopolitical boundaries and, as such, demand a national geographic framework to provide structure for cross-jurisdictional and landscape-scale conservation strategies.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a long history of habitat conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the United States that has focused on migratory birds, particularly waterfowl. The ongoing acquisition program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System has conserved approximately 1.1 million hectares of critical breeding waterfowl habitat. Results of recent predicted future climate scenarios are being used to suggest that waterfowl conservation be shifted away from currently important areas in the western and central portions of the U.S.
Rex Johnson from the U.S. FIsh and Wildlife Service Habitat and Population Evaluation Team presents on conservation efficiency as a function of outcomes achieved and dollars expended.
The National Fish Habitat Partnership works to conserve fish habitat nationwide, leveraging federal, state, and private funding sources to achieve the greatest impact on fish populations through priority conservation projects. The national partnership implements the National Fish Habitat Action Plan and supports 18 regional grassroots partner organizations. These Fish Habitat Partnerships are the work units of the NFHP. For more information, visit http://www.fishhabitat.org/.
Tom Melius is Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region and serves as the Steering Committee Co-Chair of the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Terry Steinwand, Director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, serves alongside Tom as Steering Committee Co-Chair. Melius and Steinwand discuss the mission and values of the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and identify how this unique partnership is poised to address key stressors in the Plains and Prairie Potholes landscape.
Maureen Gallagher and Steve Krentz, project investigators for the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, are producing a GIS tool that will allow users to identify the habitat conditions of specific sections of streams and rivers and predict biological responses to changes in those habitat conditions. Gallagher and Krentz represent multiple Fish Habitat Partnerships across the Plains and Prairie Potholes landscape, and seek to identify how both anthropological and biological changes may impact aquatic ecosystems.
Carmen Thomson represents the National Park Service on the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative technical committee. Thomson discusses the value of a landscape level approach to conservation and the benefits of research collaboration at a recent Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative workshop.
William Gascoigne with the U.S. Geological Survey is investigating the economic contribution of conserved habitat lands to the economy in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the U.S. His research shines a light on the linkages between landscape conditions and conditions within surrounding rural communities; linkages that are not always that apparent. This research context has been relatively understudied in the natural resources field, but has emerged due to the current economic climate and competing land uses in the PPR.
Wayne Nelson-Stastny, coordinator for the Missouri River Natural Resources Committee, discussing how the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative is connecting not only our perspectives of natural resources, but people as well.
This document provides an overview of progress and immediately limiting gaps in integrating science to support the mission of the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
Mike Olson, Plains & Prairie Potholes LCC
Dr. Dave Theobald, Colorado State University
Ulalia Woodside, Pacific Islands CCC
Dr. Bruce A. Stein, National Wildlife Federation
Scott Robinson, Southeastern Aquatic Resources Partnership
Deb Finch, USDA Forest Service
Raul Morales, Bureau of Land Management
Karen Murphy, Western Alaska LCC
Greg Balogh, Arctic LCC – Part I: Tundra to Tropics Part I
Jeff Burgett, Pacific Islands CCC - Part II: Tundra to Tropics Part II
Krista Karstensen and Mark Drummond, USGS