This informational flyer provides a definition of Landscape Conservation Design and provides more information on the Urban Monarch LCD along with the products that it will produce.
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.
Climate change is altering coastal environments and how conservation is approached. To address this challenge, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has produced a new Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation, along with a companion How to Consider Climate Change in Coastal Conservation self-guided online resource. Together, these products help practitioners evaluate how their conservation efforts can endure amid changing conditions, placing communities and natural environments in the best position to adapt.
This atlas is a data discovery, visualization, and analytical platform for stakeholders throughout the Caribbean. With the atlas you can search for spatial datasets, visualize supported projects, and learn more about landscape scale conservation science and design in the region.
On July 21, 2016, Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield of Oregon State University presented findings from her research on Native cultural responses to climate change in the Great Basin.
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 series of landscape-scale planning and design efforts have been launched, including within the Bear River Watershed, the Willamette Valley, Columbia Plateau, Great Basin, and Lower Columbia River/Outer Coast geographies. These efforts have relied on landscape-scale data and information, models, and
Speakers: Dr. Thomas Edwards, USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Utah State University and Dr. Edd Hammill, Assistant Professor, Utah State University
This presentation will be delivered live at the USFWS Region 6 Office in Lakewood, CO and via webinar. The speakers will highlight results of a 4-year effort that organized extant data on 21 ESA listed, rare and sensitive plant species in the Colorado Plateau, collected new data on plant locations, and developed distribution models indicating likelihoods of plants being present in specified locations.
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:
- Coastal Flood Management - examples of adaptation to sea level rise
- Rainwater Management - examples of adaptation to changed precipitation and stormwater patterns
- Water Conservation - examples of adaptation to seasonal droughts
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetland Inventory has been the source of the Nation’s most comprehensive wetland dataset since the 1970s. The NWI 2.0 dataset is a more comprehensive characterization of all surface water features on the landscape, including a wide range of wetlands and other aquatic ecosystems, like streams. Although there have been distinct wetland and stream datasets in the past, this information has never been presented together as a single polygonal dataset of over 32 million features using a consistent ecologic classification system.
The Great Basin LCC advances conservation in the region by bridging organizations with different mandates and resources. It facilitates collaboration among its partner organizations and finds efficiencies between their programs. Building a network amongst many organizations involves sharing available information and tools with those who can use it best. The Great Basin LCC also develops science-based tools, data and map products for educational and decision-making needs. The LCC features the latest research and engage with Great Basin tribes around shared priorities.
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.
What is the Great Basin LCC? What makes us unique, and where are we going? These questions and more are answered in this short video.
This Pollinator Partnership Action Plan (PPAP) provides examples of successful past and ongoing collaborations between the Federal government and non-Federal institutions to support pollinator health. It also highlights areas that are ripe for future collaboration. The primary audiences for the PPAP are state and local governments, private companies, universities, community organizations, and other entities that organize and/or represent citizen stakeholders and have the resources needed to implement and support collaborative efforts with Federal agencies.
The USA National Phenology Network promotes a broad understanding of plant and animal phenology and its relationship with environmental change. The Network is a consortium of individuals and organizations that collect, share, and use phenology data, models, and related information.
The NPN Phenology Visualization Tool allows you to:
Researchers at Clemson University identified five conservation design elements covering many critical ecological processes and patterns across the Appalachian LCC geography. These elements include large interconnected regions as well as broad landscapes that connect them. Small areas that are likely to contain larger ecological significance than their size would suggest were also mapped. Examples of aquatic and terrestrial conservation targets are provided that represent design elements.
The Appalachian LCC has collaborated with the US Forest Service to provide information and tools that fully integrate society’s value of ecosystems with future threats to better inform natural resource planning and management. Through links on this page, users can access information, maps, data, and additional resources brought together through this collaboration.
The Landscape Conservation Cooperative undertakes work specific to the needs of the geography and collaborators. This strategic plan documents the vison, mission, guiding principles, and goals of the PPP LCC. Each element of the plan plays a role in defining the direction and function of the LCC over the coming years. Vision describes the future we work to create, mission the purpose of the LCC, and guiding principles set sideboards for how we hope to achieve the vision and mission. Three goals—addressing partnership, collaboration, and communication—set the broad course we will follow.
These 12 conservation practice sheets are initial drafts and proof-of-concept papers that work to define and illustrate high-impact, multiple benefit practices. Generated by expert working teams over the course 2015 and early 2016, these conservation practice sheets are still undergoing review and the list of practices is currently being expanded.
This report details analysis conducted by scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service. They calculate Alaska's greenhouse gas potential and predict that plant growth in Alaska should store as much carbon as the state loses to wildfire and thawing permafrost through 2100.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2015.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2015.
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 Assessment of California's Terrestrial Vegetation" that was completed earlier this year as part of the 2015 update to California's State Wildlife Action Plan.
Users of the conservation planning tool are able to access information about status, threats, and conservation opportunities based on their priorities, indicating where management is best located to benefit their species of interest, and additionally, they are able to compare the best management practices for their species of interest, indicating how they should implement management to benefit those species.
This geospatial tool contains a wealth of geospatial products, including water quality layers, agricultural system layers, geophysical layers, fish and wildlife focal areas, and many others. All told, over 100 different geospatial layers are organized within the MRB/GHI group, making it easy for Databasin users to locate the datasets that they’re most interested in. And, because it’s in Databasin, it’s super easy to create custom maps and to add other geospatial layers that might be
A two-page overview of the multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin / Gulf Hypoxia Initiative covering the goals, objectives, and next steps for the Initiative.
The Peninsular Florida LCC Conservation Planning Atlas is a data discovery, visualization, and analytical platform for stakeholders throughout the Peninsular Florida area. With the PFLCC CPA you can search for spatial datasets, visualize supported projects, and learn more about landscape scale conservation science and design in the region.
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 gathering managers’ input on planned projects and idenitifying key knowledge gaps regarding patterns of tree survivorship, mortality, and regeneration in treated and untreated areas.
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 have been able to support these studies through a variety of funding sources including Inter-LCC Science Funding, our partnership with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and the USGS Science Support Program.
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.
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.
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
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