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.

Global climate change is expected to dramatically impact the structure and function of freshwater systems, yet no studies have comprehensively assessed the potential effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems in the Great Northern Landscape. The proposed research aims to build on an existing climate change research project focused on hydrologic and thermal effects on foodwebs, native salmonids (threatened bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout), and lotic habitats in the transboundary (US and Canada) Flathead River system.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

As the impacts of climate change amplify, understanding the consequences for wetland dynamics will be critical for their sustainable management and conservation, particularly in arid regions such as the CP ecoregion. However, the data to model climate impacts to wetland ecosystems has been hampered by the lack of accurate maps showing their spatial distribution and data on their historical hydrological dynamics. Though these data may exist for particular wetlands, there are no wall-to-wall consistent datasets of wetland location and long-term hydrological dynamics.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

We have applied a monthly water balance model to the NASA NEX-DCP30 dataset, which provides high resolution (30-arcsecond, ~800 m) gridded projections of temperature and precipitation from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5). Our water balance model simulates hydroclimate variables such as surface runoff, snow, soil moisture and evapotranspiration. The projections span the Contiguous United States (CONUS) from 1950-2099 using the RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 emission scenarios.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

We will develop an approach to identify fire refugia in Rocky Mountain ecosystems of the U.S. and Canada then test the function of refugia for biodiversity conservation under current and future climate/fire scenarios. Our products will be designed to inform decision-making in land/easement acquisition, identification of critical areas for maintaining landscape and process connectivity/permeability, and extension of the temporal context for spatial conservation decision making. The approach will be testable for transferability to other locations and ecosystems.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Pedigree analysis to assess and monitor functional connectivity of grizzly bears in the trans-border region of northern Montana, Idaho, Washington, and southern British Columbia

Date posted: June 23, 2018

We have completed an array of high-resolution simulations of present and future climate over Western North America (WNA) and Eastern North America (ENA) by dynamically downscaling global climate simulations using a regional climate model, RegCM3. The simulations are intended to provide long time series of internally consistent surface and atmospheric variables for use in climate-related research.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

We have completed an array of high-resolution simulations of present and future climate over Western North America (WNA) and Eastern North America (ENA) by dynamically downscaling global climate simulations using a regional climate model, RegCM3. The simulations are intended to provide long time series of internally consistent surface and atmospheric variables for use in climate-related research.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

We have completed an array of high-resolution simulations of present and future climate over Western North America (WNA) and Eastern North America (ENA) by dynamically downscaling global climate simulations using a regional climate model, RegCM3. The simulations are intended to provide long time series of internally consistent surface and atmospheric variables for use in climate-related research.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

We have completed an array of high-resolution simulations of present and future climate over Western North America (WNA) and Eastern North America (ENA) by dynamically downscaling global climate simulations using a regional climate model, RegCM3. The simulations are intended to provide long time series of internally consistent surface and atmospheric variables for use in climate-related research.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

We have completed an array of high-resolution simulations of present and future climate over Western North America (WNA) and Eastern North America (ENA) by dynamically downscaling global climate simulations using a regional climate model, RegCM3. The simulations are intended to provide long time series of internally consistent surface and atmospheric variables for use in climate-related research.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This categorical CWD raster was developed from a project-wide CWD raster. For each of the five fracture zones, the CWD raster was partitioned into zone-specific, 10 equal-area class map, ranging from low CWD to high CWD.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Ten focal species cost-weighted distance (CWD) surfaces from WHCWG (2010) were combined into a single categorical raster for this project. The source focal species were: western toad, northern flying squirrel, wolverine, Canada lynx, American marten, mountain goat, American black bear, elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Ten focal species cost-weighted distance (CWD) surfaces from WHCWG (2010) were combined into a single categorical raster for this project. The source focal species were: western toad, northern flying squirrel, wolverine, Canada lynx, American marten, mountain goat, American black bear, elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

HCA’s represent large patches of low resistance pixels that are not fragmented by strong barriers. These areas were modeled from landscape integrity condition values (TCWG 2015).

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests are declining across most of their range in North America because of the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the exotic pathogen Cronartium ribicola, which infects five-needle white pines and causes the disease white pine blister rust.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The completed bull trout eDNA survey results Online Map allows users to view the survey results in an interactive map. The map provides the ability to zoom in and look at an area of interest, as well as to create queries or select an area to download points as a shapefile.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Ten focal species cost-weighted distance (CWD) surfaces from WHCWG (2010) were combined into a single categorical raster for this project. The source focal species were: western toad, northern flying squirrel, wolverine, Canada lynx, American marten, mountain goat, American black bear, elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Ten focal species cost-weighted distance (CWD) surfaces from WHCWG (2010) were combined into a single categorical raster for this project. The source focal species were: western toad, northern flying squirrel, wolverine, Canada lynx, American marten, mountain goat, American black bear, elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This cost-weighted distance (CWD) raster was developed from a generalized shrub-steppe and grassland (SSGL) species guild resistance model based on 20th percentile of resistance values for the five statewide analysis (WHCWG 2010) focal species in this biome, including sage-grouse, black-tailed jackrabbit, white-tailed jackrabbit, badger, and sharp-tailed grouse.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Major declines of whitebark pine forests throughout western North America from the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the exotic disease white pine blister rust (WPBR) have spurred many restoration actions. However, projected future warming and drying may further exacerbate the species’ decline and possibly compromise long-term success of today’s restoration activities.We evaluated successes of restoration treatments under future climate using a comprehensive landscape simulation experiment.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

In January of 2014 over 40 stakeholders in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (CCE) came together for a workshop with the objective of understanding landscape measures and indicators that are important in the CCE, and to initiate a discussion about collaborative management action.  One of the outcomes of this workshop was a request by the managers for a tool that could be used to understand, monitor, and manage the impact of human use on the landscape. The work presented here is an initial attempt to measure, map and model human modification in the CCE.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Sept 9, 2014 GNLCC Rocky Mountain Partner Forum Meeting: Update on Cold-Water Ecosystem Adaptation Project

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This categorical CWD raster was developed from a project-wide CWD raster. For each of the five fracture zones, the CWD raster was partitioned into zone-specific, 10 equal-area class map, ranging from low CWD to high CWD.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Editing Crown Managers Partnership Publications

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Much remains unknown about the genetic status and population connectivity of high-elevation and high-latitude freshwater invertebrates, which often persist near snow and ice masses that are disappearing due to climate change. Here we report on the conservation genetics of the meltwater stonefly Lednia tumana (Ricker) of Montana, USA, a cold-water obligate species. We sequenced 1530 bp of mtDNA from 116 L. tumana individuals representing “historic” (>10 yr old) and 2010 populations.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This categorical CWD raster was developed from a project-wide CWD raster. For each of the five fracture zones, the CWD raster was partitioned into zone-specific, 10 equal-area class map, ranging from low CWD to high CWD.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This categorical CWD raster was developed from a project-wide CWD raster. For each of the five fracture zones, the CWD raster was partitioned into zone-specific, 10 equal-area class map, ranging from low CWD to high CWD.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The challenge of managing for invasive species creates an opportunity for the GNLCC to provide leadership on landscape scale stressors where there is a need for coordination of planning and on the ground activities. Currently, to the best of our knowledge, the north-western part of the North American continent remains free of quagga and zebra mussels. Infestation of aquatic systems in the GNLCC by quagga and zebra mussels would be economically, socially and environmentally devastating.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This cost-weighted distance (CWD) raster was developed from a generalized shrub-steppe and grassland (SSGL) species guild resistance model based on 20th percentile of resistance values for the five statewide analysis (WHCWG 2010) focal species in this biome, including sage-grouse, black-tailed jackrabbit, white-tailed jackrabbit, badger, and sharp-tailed grouse.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

To address declining whitebark pine ecosystems, a 2012 report A Range-Wide Restoration Strategy for Whitebark Pine Forests presents a strategy for restoring these ecosystems across their entire range. However, this report did not address changing climates in the implementation of a range-wide strategy.

Date posted: June 23, 2018
The bull trout is an ESA-listed species with a historical range that encompasses many waters across the northwestern U.S. Though once abundant, bull trout have declined in many locations from an array of factors —habitat degradation, population isolation, and nonnative species invasions (USFWS 2014)— and there is recent evidence of range contraction in response to climate change (Eby et al. 2014).
Date posted: June 23, 2018

Populations of many cold-water species are likely to decline this century with global warming, but declines will vary spatially and some populations will persist even under extreme climate change scenarios. Especially cold habitats could provide important refugia from both future environmental change and invasions by non-native species that prefer warmer waters. The Climate Shield website hosts geospatial data and related information that describes specific locations of cold-water refuge streams for native Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout across the American West.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Presenter: Todd Cross, University of Montana and USFS National Genomics Lab for Wildlife & Fish Conservation

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This website provides visualization and access to global and regional (downscaled) climate data.  We also provide access to data, figures and other information associated with our climate change research publications.  We currently are serving fine scale present and future climate data obtained from dynamical and statistical downscaling efforts.  In the near future we will be adding global and regional scale paleoclimate data sets.  Data related to publications will be added and updated as available.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The layers in this map service represent 4 different version of the final ALI Marxan model. Selection frequency layers show how often each hexagon was selected over 100 runs of a specific version. The "Best Solution" is not a perfect solution, but simply the best scoring solution out of 100 runs for each version.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Aquatic invasive species are non-native plants or animals that can have negative impacts on our health and threaten commercial, agricultural, aqua-cultural or recreational activities dependent on lakes and rivers in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This categorical CWD raster was developed from a project-wide CWD raster. For each of the five fracture zones, the CWD raster was partitioned into zone-specific, 10 equal-area class map, ranging from low CWD to high CWD.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Ten focal species cost-weighted distance (CWD) surfaces from WHCWG (2010) were combined into a single categorical raster for this project. The source focal species were: western toad, northern flying squirrel, wolverine, Canada lynx, American marten, mountain goat, American black bear, elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This cost-weighted distance (CWD) raster was developed from a generalized shrub-steppe and grassland (SSGL) species guild resistance model based on 20th percentile of resistance values for the five statewide analysis (WHCWG 2010) focal species in this biome, including sage-grouse, black-tailed jackrabbit, white-tailed jackrabbit, badger, and sharp-tailed grouse.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This cost-weighted distance (CWD) raster was developed from a generalized shrub-steppe and grassland (SSGL) species guild resistance model based on 20th percentile of resistance values for the five statewide analysis (WHCWG 2010) focal species in this biome, including sage-grouse, black-tailed jackrabbit, white-tailed jackrabbit, badger, and sharp-tailed grouse.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

HCAs were identified based on models described by the WHCWG (2010; pages 37-38 and Appendix A). Ten focal species HCAs from WHCWG (2010) were combined into a single raster for this project. The source focal species were: western toad, northern flying squirrel, wolverine, Canada lynx, American marten, mountain goat, American black bear, elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Multi-species functional connectivity modelling approach using a suite of hypothetical, but realistic, species to look at the synoptic patters of connectivity for species across the CCE. These models use the resistant kernel modelling approach to understand the migration rates for each species at every location in the Crown of the Continent.  By providing a comprehensive look at connectivity over the CCE, this work offers managers important information on the ecology of the region needed to make collaborative and appropriate management decisions.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This cost-weighted distance (CWD) raster was developed from a generalized shrub-steppe and grassland (SSGL) species guild resistance model based on 20th percentile of resistance values for the five statewide analysis (WHCWG 2010) focal species in this biome, including sage-grouse, black-tailed jackrabbit, white-tailed jackrabbit, badger, and sharp-tailed grouse.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Presenter: Molly Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society

Co-authors: Regan Nelson, Crown of the Continent Conservation Initiative; Lara Hansen, EcoAdapt; Gary Tabor, Center for Large Landscape Conservation

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The Global Climate Change Viewer (GCCV) is used to visualize future temperature and precipitation changes simulated by global climate models in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5).

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This decision support tool provides spatially explicit information pertaining to modeled wildlife connectivity value across major roads, total wildlife mortality counts along major roads, carnivore mortality counts along major roads, the extent to which wildlife connectivity value and road mortality align, and potential priority sites for mitigation of road impacts on wildlife from diverse stakeholder perspectives.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

NorWeST Modeled Mean August Stream Temperature for the Salmon River Basin, Idaho

Date posted: June 23, 2018