Over the past 5 years, there has been an evolving emphasis on the role of landscape-scale conservation science within the conservation community. The emergence of the LCCs and the piloting of Landscape Conservation Design (LCD) projects are indicative of this trend. In the Pacific Northwest, a
Speakers: Dr. Thomas Edwards, USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Utah State University and Dr. Edd Hammill, Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Adapting to climate change can be manageable if it is planned early and if it is implemented in appropriate steps. The Adapting to Climate Change Video Series provides an introduction to living with climate change on the BC Coast, with special attention to three subject areas:
On June 27, 2016, speakers Dominique Bachelet, Conservation Biology Institute, and Dave Hopper, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, discussed the need for reliable, usable tools and data sources to meet climate change-related land management challenges.
Speaker Jim Thorne, UC Davis Information Center for the Environment, will provide an overview of a UC Davis-California Department of Fish & Wildlife project "A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessmen
Phil van Mantgem, Research Ecologist, USGS Redwood Field Station and Donald Falk, University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and Environment, present information on current and planned research on fire and drought interactions in coniferous forests in California and the Southwest while ga
Over the past few years, the USFWS R6 Science Applications program has been able to support several important research studies to increase our understanding of the response of sagebrush ecosystems in a changing world.
We discuss a strategic approach developed by an interagency, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies working group for conservation of sagebrush ecosystems, Gunnison sage-grouse, and greater sage-grouse.
How can we shift from reactive to proactive conservation planning in northern regions, and what does it look like?
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 (LC
Climate change predictions include warming and drying trends, which are expected to be particularly pronounced in the southwestern United States.
Speaker: Jered Hansen, Southern Rockies LCC
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.
Presenters: Dave Peterson, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Jessica Halofsky, University of Washington
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.
Economies need nature. Economic development and quality of life depend upon natural capital.
Speakers: Jason Writer – University of Wyoming and Harry Crockett – Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna) have been linked to specific microhabitat characteristics, microclimates, and water resources in riparian forests.
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.
Speaker: Dr. David Stoner, Dept. of Wildland Resources, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University
Co-author: Thomas C. Edwards, Jr., US Geological Survey/Utah State University
Speaker: Ted Toombs, Environmental Defense Fund
Danaus plexippus in the Southwest - Opening the Treasure of New Insights about Monarch Butterflies in the Deserts
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), MoRap and other partners recently completed a seven-year project to map the current status of Texas' vegetation communities, the "Ecological Mapping Systems of Texas" (EMS-TX).
Enterarse del proceso de Planeación y Diseño de Conservación del Paisaje de la DLCC. Este esfuerzo se enfoca en el desarrollo de metas y objetivos para la conservación colaborativa en el manejo de tres ecosistemas de enfoque dentro de nuestra región:
Learn more about the Desert LCC's landscape conservation planning and design process. This effort focuses on developing common conservation goals and objectives for managing three focal ecosystem types within our geographic area:
Presenter: Dr. Lindsay Reynolds, Department of Biology, Colorado State University and U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins, CO
StreamStats (http://streamstats.usgs.gov) is a G
Pima County, Arizona is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States and is located in one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the country.
Presenter: Megan Friggens, USDA, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Albuquerque, NM
Extensive high-severity wildfires and drought-induced tree mortality have intensified over the last two decades in southwestern US forests and woodlands, on a scale unseen regionally since at least pre-1900.
This report describes the existing condition of the Gila River in the Cliff-Gila Valley and examines the potential impacts of CUFA diversion and climate change on the riparian and aquatic ecosystem.
Fish species found in North American deserts represent some of the most unique, rare taxa in the world.
The southwest US is predicted to grow hotter and drier this century with the probability of a long-term megadrought becoming more likely.
Climate change and climate variability are increasingly becoming ubiquitous in natural resource management and research. Equally increasing are the datasets and sources for information relevant to such considerations of future climate.
Standard species distribution models (SDM) use climate layers to determine a species “climate” niche and then project the species distribution to future time points as climate warms or dries, but such models do not take into account evolved physiological or ecological differences among species th
Data products derived from General Circulation Model (GCM) projections are increasingly becoming ubiquitous in a range of scientific studies and natural resource management.
Large, severe wildfires are a fact of life in southwestern ponderosa pine forests. What will burned ecosystems look like over the coming decades under a warming climate? Do management treatments make a lasting difference or will climate override their effects?
The Bureau of Land Management presents a summary of the Madrean Archipelago Rapid Ecoregional Assessment.
For the sub-arctic, temperate USA, some of the greatest climate change related departures from current conditions are predicted to occur in the desert southwest.
Springs are keystone ecosystems in the Sky Island Region, exert disproportionate influence on surrounding landscapes, and are known to be biodiversity hotspots. Although they are abundant in this arid region, they are poorly documented and little studied.
This presentation describes the attributes of rivers of the Southwest US and northern Mexico and how those physical attributes, especially sediment transport and geomorphology, might be considered in developing environmental flows.
The need for better integration of science and decision making in environmental management is widely documented.
Changes in the timing of phenological events—such as hibernation, migration, and breeding —have been called a 'globally coherent fingerprint of climate change impacts' on plants and animals.
Campaigns featuring flagship species are a key part of the conservation education efforts. Yet, these use of conservation flagships often lack a evidence-base, which impacts the selection of flagships and our understanding of flagship impact.
Maps and economic values for ecosystem services - the value that nature provides to people and the economy - hold the promise of improving natural resource management and providing a better understanding the linkages between people and nature.
The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative is being developed to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation's natural and constructed features.
Landscape Design has been described as the bridge between landscape ecology and conservation delivery. It recognizes the need for humans to live and work in the landscape and it seeks to understand the patterns and the underlying processes of those patterns.
Natalie Sexton with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discusses the role of human dimensions in natural resource conservation.