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.

Regional Climate Centers (RCC) Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI: drought index). Recent 10-year climatology for drought in summerl months, 1950-1999.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Regional Climate Centers (RCC) Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI: drought index). Recent 10-year climatology for drought in summer months, 2005-2014.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the USDA Census of Agriculture (completed every five years, most recently in 2012) are primary sources of regionally detailed data concerning the productivity, economics, land use, and multiple other characteristics of agriculture and ranching in the United States. The county-level data on farmland irrigation provides one example of the many ways in which agriculture impacts, and is impacted by, natural resource availability and sustainability.

Date posted: June 23, 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: June 23, 2018

The capacity of ecosystems to provide services such as carbon storage, clean water, and forest products is determined not only by variations in ecosystem properties across landscapes, but also by ecosystem dynamics over time. ForWarn is a system developed by the U.S. Forest Service to monitor vegetation change using satellite imagery for the continental United States. It provides near real-time change maps that are updated every eight days, and summaries of these data also provide long-term change maps from 2000 to the present.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The Landcover Mosaic map (LCM) can be used to answer the question: What is the mixture of agricultural/urban/natural landcover types surrounding a given land parcel?

Researchers at the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station have utilized the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) to calculate a suite of land cover and forest fragmentation metrics at landscape scales. These datasets yield rich spatial information about urbanization, its effects on forests, and how urban areas interface and mix with rural, agricultural, and forest landscapes.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, initiated in 2009 and finalized in 2014, provides a national vision for wildland fire management. This highly collaborative effort establishes three overarching goals, and describes stakeholder-driven processes for achieving them: (1) resilient landscapes; (2) fire-adapted communities; and (3) safe and effective wildfire response. The scientific rigor of this program was ensured with the establishment of the National Science and Analysis Team (NSAT).

Date posted: June 23, 2018

WaSSI (Water Supply Stress Index) predicts how climate, land cover, and human population change may impact water availability and carbon sequestration at the watershed level (about the size of a county) across the lower 48 United States. WaSSI users can select and adjust temperature, precipitation, land cover, and water use factors to simulate change scenarios for any timeframe from 1961 through the year 2100.

Date posted: June 23, 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: June 23, 2018

The capacity of ecosystems to provide services such as carbon storage, clean water, and forest products is determined not only by variations in ecosystem properties across landscapes, but also by ecosystem dynamics over time. ForWarn is a system developed by the U.S. Forest Service to monitor vegetation change using satellite imagery for the continental United States. It provides near real-time change maps that are updated every eight days, and summaries of these data also provide long-term change maps from 2000 to the present.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

USFS Forest Inventory Analysis

Through application of a nearest-neighbor imputation approach, mapped estimates of forest carbon density were developed for the contiguous United States using the annual forest inventory conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, MODIS satellite imagery, and ancillary geospatial datasets.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Researchers at the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station have utilized the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) to calculate a suite of land cover and forest fragmentation metrics at landscape scales. These datasets yield rich spatial information about urbanization, its effects on forests, and how urban areas interface and mix with rural, agricultural, and forest landscapes.The Forest Area Density (FDEN) map (Landscape Forest Density) illustrates the proportion of the landscape around a given forest area that is also forested.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Geographic relationships among energy infrastructure development, regional economic linkages, and the environment is crucial for understanding the impacts of Appalachian energy extraction activities and for regional planning efforts focused on the ecosystem services that may be affected. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides impartial and independent data on the nation's energy infrastructure, its sources, flows, and end uses, as well as forecasts and outlooks.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The capacity of ecosystems to provide services such as carbon storage, clean water, and forest products is determined not only by variations in ecosystem properties across landscapes, but also by ecosystem dynamics over time. ForWarn is a system developed by the U.S. Forest Service to monitor vegetation change using satellite imagery for the continental United States. It provides near real-time change maps that are updated every eight days, and summaries of these data also provide long-term change maps from 2000 to the present.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Using GIS, the SILVIS Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison calculated housing and population counts at the block group level with data from the decennial U.S. Census to produce a spatially explicit dataset for the conterminous U.S. This data can help to understand where on the landscape the most and the least dense populations of people live. Housing density can be used as an indicator of urbanization and land-use intensification.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, initiated in 2009 and finalized in 2014, provides a national vision for wildland fire management. This highly collaborative effort establishes three overarching goals, and describes stakeholder-driven processes for achieving them: (1) resilient landscapes; (2) fire-adapted communities; and (3) safe and effective wildfire response. The scientific rigor of this program was ensured with the establishment of the National Science and Analysis Team (NSAT).

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, initiated in 2009 and finalized in 2014, provides a national vision for wildland fire management. This highly collaborative effort establishes three overarching goals, and describes stakeholder-driven processes for achieving them: (1) resilient landscapes; (2) fire-adapted communities; and (3) safe and effective wildfire response. The scientific rigor of this program was ensured with the establishment of the National Science and Analysis Team (NSAT).

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated water use for the United States every 5 years since 1950. Estimates are provided for groundwater and surface-water sources, for fresh and saline water quality, and by sector or category of use. Estimates have been made at the State level since 1950, and at the county level since 1985. Water-use estimates by watershed were made from 1950 through 1995, first at the water-resources region level (HUC2), and later at the hydrologic cataloging unit level (HUC8).

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Throughout the Caribbean, conservation is ecologically, politically, and socially
challenging due to a number of factors including globalization, climate change, loss of
biodiversity, and the spread of invasive species. Relationships between organizations and
institutions that govern the region’s natural and cultural resources are key to conservation
success as partners work to implement plans to meet science, capacity, and information
needs. However, the complex challenges involved in conservation work and tenuous relationships

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Regional Climate Centers (RCC) Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI: drought index). Recent 10-year climatology for drought in all months, 2005-2014.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides impartial and independent data on the nation's energy infrastructure, its sources, flows, and end uses, as well as forecasts and outlooks. Location information for specific extraction activities, as well as power plants and other supply chain components, can help reveal the regional nature of specific impacts and the often large distances between those effects and end-use drivers.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the LandCast 2050 High-Resolution Population Projection models future national-level human population densities. The models estimate the probability of a population being at a particular location, which measures where people will likely be in the future, not necessarily their places of residence.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Natural protected areas are geographic spaces clearly defined and delimited through legal or other effective means for the long-term conservation of their natural resources, biodiversity, ecosystem services and associated cultural values. This GIS file provides the latest compilation (as of the 15th of December of 2015) of the natural protected areas of Puerto Rico.

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This report represents a synthesis of 40 existing plans and strategies from our partner
organizations and others, input from the greater U.S. Caribbean conservation community, and
synthesis by the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) Science Plan Advisory
Team. The goals of the Science Strategy: Mission Alignment are to (1) identify shared
conservation objectives and (2) serve as a foundation for a broad science strategy which will
guide collaborative actions for natural and cultural resource conservation in light of global

Date posted: June 23, 2018

Governmental and nongovernmental organizations charged with managing
natural resources increasingly emphasize the need to work across jurisdictional boundaries.
Their challenge is to manage shifting resources under rapidly changing climate and
land-use scenarios. Scientists, resource managers, and conservation planners, and their
organizations and agencies routinely collaborate on projects to solve specific problems.
Cooperative frameworks to programmatically address complex social–environmental issues

Date posted: June 23, 2018

This study quantitatively explores whether land cover changes have a substantive impact on simulated streamflow within the tropical island setting of Puerto Rico. The Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) was used to compare streamflow simulations based on five static parameterizations of land cover with those based on dynamically varying parameters derived from four land cover scenes for the period 1953-2012. The PRMS simulations based on static land cover illustrated consistent differences in simulated streamflow across the island.

Date posted: June 23, 2018
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Presenters: Ben Walker & Pauline Drobney, USFWS, Prairie Reconstruction Initiative

The PRI Database is a powerful tool for improving our success at reconstructing prairies. Documentation of what occurred on a site is crucial to understanding and evaluating the outcome of that reconstruction. By analyzing the results of multiple reconstructions across multiple contexts, we can better understand which factors have the greatest impact on the effectiveness of prairie reconstruction techniques and management strategies.

Date posted: March 13, 2018
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Join us for the launch of the Collaborative Conservation and Adaptation Strategy Toolbox (CCAST), an online portal for access to case studies contributed by practitioners across the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts and the “Sky Islands” of the Madrean Archipelago.

Date posted: March 5, 2018
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A case study is an example of an on-the-ground conservation project, monitoring and adaptive management program, collaborative conservation effort, or resource assessment project. Case study narratives focus on lessons learned and share project resources (such as presentations and protocols) for projects implemented in the southwestern US and northern Mexico. Most importantly, case studies increase communication between resource managers and the scientific community throughout the region by sharing stories that are not otherwise readily accessible. 

PDF icon CCAST 1-pager August 2018.pdf, PDF icon An Ecosystem Framework for Collaborative Conservation in the Coachella Valley of California.pdf, PDF icon Assessing Hydrologic Effects of Erosion Control Structures at Babacomari Ranch.pdf, PDF icon Assessing the Impacts of Brush Management on Herbaceous Plant Diversity and Forage Production in Southern Arizona Grasslands.pdf, PDF icon Beat Back Buffelgrass_Trans-Jurisdictional, Volunteer-Driven Invasive Species Treatment.pdf, PDF icon Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program.pdf, PDF icon Brush Treatment for Grassland Restoration as Part of an Adaptive Management Framework in the Cienega Creek Watershed.pdf, PDF icon Camera-Based Monitoring of the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.pdf, PDF icon Cienega Watershed Erosion Management & Restoration Plan.pdf, PDF icon Climate and Land Cover Change Ecosystem Services Analysis_The Santa Cruz Watershed Ecosystem Portfolio Model.pdf, PDF icon Collaborative Restoration Partnerships in the Colorado River Basin.pdf, PDF icon Creating Refuge for Mohave Tui Chub at Mojave National Preserve .pdf, PDF icon Cuenca de los Ojos_Three Decades of Restoring Water Flows on Private Land in the U.S. and Mexico.pdf, PDF icon Desert Tortoise Habitat Restoration Methods for the Eastern Mojave.pdf, PDF icon Determining Prescribed Fire Compatibility with Masked Bobwhite Quail Habiat Rehabilitation.pdf, PDF icon Developing and Diversifying Funding for Riparian Restoration in the Southwest.pdf, PDF icon Dolores River Restoration Partnership A Public-Private Collaborative for Riparian Restoration.pdf, PDF icon Employing Youth in Conservation at Borderlands Earth Care Youth Institute.pdf, PDF icon Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project_A Federal-Municipal Partnership to Reduce Fire Severity and Post-Fire Flooding.pdf, PDF icon Fire Management Practices in the Saguaro Wilderness Area and the Gila-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Complex.pdf, PDF icon Gila Watershed Partnership_Restoration to Mitigate Tamarisk Beetle Impacts.pdf, PDF icon Green River Basin Landscape Conservation Design Project.pdf, PDF icon Habitat Restoration for Native Salmonid Conservation in the Lower American River of California.pdf, PDF icon Habitat Restoration within the Middle Rio Grande of New Mexico.pdf, PDF icon Helping Pollinators Adapt to Climate Change.pdf, PDF icon Herbicide Treatment of Western Honey Mesquite in Texas Grasslands.pdf, PDF icon Irrigation of Riparian Habitat Restoration along the Rio Grande Canalization Project_final.pdf, PDF icon Kino Environmental Restoration Project_Stormwater Capture to Support Urban Ecosystems.pdf, PDF icon Landscape-Scale Monitoring of the Tamarisk Leaf Beetle.pdf, PDF icon Madrean Archipelago Plant Propagation Initiative_Implementing the National Seed Strategy on a Regional Scale.pdf, PDF icon Mapping Distribution and Ecological Condition of Sacaton Grasslands in Upper Cienega Creek_final.pdf, PDF icon Modeling Forest Thinning Effects on Water Yield for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.pdf, PDF icon Mojave Desert Native Plant Program_final.pdf, PDF icon Native Grass Hay Production for Multiple Benefits at the Cobra Ranch.pdf, PDF icon Native Paiute Cutthroat Trout Restoration in Silver King Creek.pdf, PDF icon Oracle Road Wildlife Crossings Promoting Habitat Connectivity_final.pdf, PDF icon Over 30 Years of Brush Management on the Elkhorn Ranch.pdf, PDF icon Plant and Topsoil Salvage for Revegetation in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.pdf, PDF icon Post-Fire Watershed Restoration and Monitoring in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona.pdf, PDF icon Prescribed Burns for Grassland Management at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge.pdf, PDF icon Pronghorn-Friendly Fence Modifications in West Texas Grasslands.pdf, PDF icon Quantifying the Value of Ecosystem Services in Lower Sabino Creek.pdf, PDF icon Remote Sensing to Improve Detection and Treatment of Invasive Buffelgrass_final.pdf, PDF icon Research and Collaboration to Improve Amargosa Vole Conservation in the Lower Amargosa River.pdf, PDF icon Restoration of Riparian Trees and Shrubs on the Rio Grande Canalization Project.pdf, PDF icon Restoring Leopard Frog Habitat in Cienega Creek, Arizona.pdf, PDF icon Rio Grande Water Transfer Program_Providing Water for Restoration_final.pdf, PDF icon Riparian Habitat Protection and Restoration Through Compensatory Mitigation in Pima County, Arizona.pdf, PDF icon Riparian Woodland and Grassland Restoration to Increase Resilience to Drought.pdf, PDF icon Rotational Cattle Grazing to Restore Degraded Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands.pdf, PDF icon Shallow Groundwater in the Colorado River Delta_Modeling Susceptibility and Management Options.pdf, PDF icon Springs Inventory, Assessment, and Management Planning in the Sky Islands.pdf, PDF icon Strategic Upland Conservation Easements to Support Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge.pdf, PDF icon Treatment of Non-Native Lovegrasses at Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch.pdf, PDF icon Tracking Tagged Bull Trout to Measure Reservoir Operation Impacts.pdf, PDF icon US Highway 93 Wildlife Overpasses_Promoting Highway Permeability and Safety for Desert Bighorn Sheep.pdf, PDF icon Using a Mobile App and Remote Sensing to Map, Monitor, and Control Invasive Plants.pdf, PDF icon Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge_An Urban Wildlife Refuge.pdf, PDF icon Velvet Mesquite Thinning to Improve Riparian Forests along the San Pedro River.pdf, PDF icon Vulnerability Asessements to Inform Landscape-Scale Management in the Southern Rockies.pdf, PDF icon Water Resources Management Planning_A Demonstration on the Upper Gila River.pdf, PDF icon Water Transactions to Support Riparian Ecosystems in the Isleta Reach of the Middle Rio Grande.pdf, PDF icon Wildlife Corridors LLC_Preserving and Restoring Critical Habitat Linkages in the US-Mexico Borderlands.pdf, PDF icon Wildlife-Friendly Solar Energy in the Mojave Desert.pdf, PDF icon Habitat Restoration for Native Salmonid Conservation in the Lower American River of California.pdf
Date posted: February 20, 2018
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Collaborative Conservation and Adaptation Strategy Toolbox (CCAST)

An Online Library of Conservation Case Studies

Date posted: February 20, 2018
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Presented by: David Hennessy of Michigan State University and Tong Wang of South Dakota State University

Date posted: February 8, 2018
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Because diversions of stream flow in the Rio Grande watershed predate stream gaging, there are no historical data that describe the natural flow regime of the river. We present the results of our work to define the natural flow regime of the northern branch of the river upstream from Presido/Ojinaga and of the Río Conchos. We demonstrate that more than 90% of the natural flow is not used for upstream agriculture and municipal uses or is lost due to reservoir evaporation and riparian zine evapotranspiration.

Date posted: February 6, 2018
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On its southbound course from Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande provides water resources for more than 13 million people. The quantity of water flowing into the northern section of the river depends on how much snowpack from the Rocky Mountains melts into runoff, and on seasonal precipitation rates during and after the snowmelt season. This project combines historical data and climate model projections to assess and enhance seasonal prediction models relating winter snowpack to subsequent runoff in the upper Rio Grande.

Date posted: February 6, 2018
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Severe droughts and economic development in the Rio Grande Basin have significantly impacted the quantity and quality of water for natural and human systems, consequently affecting ecosystem services of the river. Studies on human perceptions about ecosystem benefits of the Rio Grande, including economic value of water ecosystem services are scarce, but crucial to improve resilience of the river watershed.

Date posted: February 6, 2018
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Understanding how to manage scarce water during drought is one of the great challenges we face as a society, particularly for communities in the Rio Grande Basin. Severe drought, coupled with human development, have profoundly impacted the quantity and quality of water in the basin.

Date posted: February 6, 2018
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In the transboundary, water-scarce, Rio Grande/Bravo (RGB) Basin (USA - Mexico), climate change and population growth, as well as human expectations regarding environmental, social, and economic concerns, call for a more sustainable management of water resources, ecosystems and livelihoods.

Date posted: February 6, 2018
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The Rio Grande/Río Bravo is the lifeline of the arid region that stretches across the southern United States and Mexico, and supplying drinking water for more that 6 million people, including numerous Native American tribes, and irrigating about 2 million acres of land. The river also forms about 1,250 miles of the international border between the United State and Mexico from El Paso/Ciudad Juarez to the Gulf of Mexico.

Date posted: February 6, 2018
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Presenter: Justin Meissen, Research and Restoration Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa, Tallgrass Prairie Center

Date posted: February 5, 2018
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This webinar provides an overview of the Eastern Mojave Landscape Conservation design effort to develop indicators that will best guide future management actions and track long term ecosystem health across the Eastern Mojave. The webinar also provides instructions on how you can join the discussion on indicators through a virtual meeting in your web browser. This meeting will be open for discussion through February 15, 2018. 

Date posted: February 1, 2018
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The 2017 GCPO LCC Annual Report provides a summary of progress made in 2017, highlights the State of the GCPO Report, and summarizes 9 ongoing projects that are either using Blueprint data to inform local/regional conservation or will improve underlying datasets to be incorporated into Blueprint 2.0 in 2018.  

Date posted: December 13, 2017
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Webinar date: Dec 7, 2017

Speaker: James J. Roberts, U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado Water Science Center, Fort Collins, CO

Date posted: December 8, 2017
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John Devney presents a program (Working Wetlands) that Delta Waterfowl has been working on for the past few years which has been guided significantly by input from North Dakota waterfowl and wetland experts as well as North Dakota agricultural group leadership. The tool is an effort to create a new voluntary, incentive based working lands tool to conserve small shallow wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region because of their incredible importance to breeding ducks.

Date posted: December 7, 2017
map of the historical mining footprint

The Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS) at the University of Alaska Anchorage, in partnership with the Northwest Boreal LCC, embarked on a project to map and quantify the human footprint across interior Alaska and northwestern Canada.

Date posted: November 30, 2017
Cover of the Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas

The Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas is a comprehensive, trans-boundary atlas that represents the current state of knowledge in a wide breadth of relevant Arctic marine domains centered around the North Pacific Arctic, ranging from physical oceanography to species ecology to human uses. Our process involves intensive research and consultation with experts, as well as gathering and analyzing the most recent and robust data available.

Date posted: November 30, 2017
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The Northwest Boreal LCC is pleased to announce the launch of the Northwest Boreal Science and Management Research Tool. This webinar discusses how users can explore thousands of curated scholarly articles, state and federal resource reports, land management plans, and more. Each entry includes geographic information about the area of study, allowing users to draw a box on a map to narrow searches to information directly related to a specific region in Alaska, the Yukon, British Columbia, and Northwest Territories.

Date posted: November 30, 2017
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Hooligan (Eulachon or Saak), a small anadromous smelt species, have been a culturally significant subsistence species for the Tlingit people for generations. Declines in the southern distinct populations (SDP) located in California, Oregon, and Washington and their eventual listing as Threatened in 2010 promoted the Chilkoot Indian Association (CIA) and the Takshanuk Watershed Council (TWC) to being a long-term population monitoring program in northern Southeast Alaska.

Date posted: November 30, 2017