The North Pacific LCC's April 2017 Conservation Digest is out now. View the Digest for many new publications, landscape-conservation information, and learning opportunities co-produced by the Northwest Climate Science Center.
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.
Landscape Conservation Design brings people together around landscape-scale data in order to co-create strategies that conserve things we care about. What are some ways in which landscape-scale data can be used to assess the current and future condition of the landscape, as well as design landscapes for multiple uses? This presentation will focus on the use of spatial data to assess landscape condition, as well as prioritize areas on the landscape. Approaches to data synthesis, the Open Standards for Conservation, and use in decision support tools will be discussed.
This draft Charter defines the identity and purpose of the Great Lakes Coastal Conservation Working Group, and outlines the structure and guiding principles.
The summary highlights ideas and comments provided by Public Forum visitors on several topics, including:
The Great Basin LCC published its first newsletter of 2017 highlighting stories including the arrival of Dr. John Tull as the LCC's new Science Coordinator; participation in the Northwest Basin and Range Ecosystem Symposium, hosting the LCC's annual Public Forum, and co-hosting the Great Basin Consortium Conference in Reno, NV. The newsletter also discusses outcomes from the Febraury in-person Steering Committee meeting where members discussed plans for the coming year and transitioned the leadership of the LCC's Executive Committee.
This video is a great introduction to Gulf hypoxia, depicting the impact Midwest farming has on Gulf Coast shrimping.
North Atlantic LCC 2016 Annual Report Welcome
by Ken Elowe and Bill Hyatt
The North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) reached a major milestone in 2016. This year, the concept that inspired the establishment of the partnership in 2010 transformed from an idea to a reality -- twice.
Presented by Ray Wright, University of Missouri
In 2014, through a joint effort of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Wildlife Federation, preliminary data was collected focusing on quail and insect usage of cover crop systems. Available data is only from one year, but it gives insight on the potential for successful management of agricultural production and conservation. Ray will also address funding limitations with future cover crop studies to see if there are any potential sources.
Reducing nutrient loading from agricultural lands in the Mississippi Basin may significantly address hypoxia issues at multiple scales, from harmful algal blooms in local waters to the recovering resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The Precision Conservation Blueprint v1.5 has been updated with new data layers to indicate where investing program dollars in conservation practices at the field scale can contribute to basin-wide benefits for wildlife, water quality, energy and agriculture.
Abigail Derby-Lewis & Alexis Winter
If you want to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with landscape conservation design (LCD) this webinar is for you! Learning how not to design resilient and sustainable landscapes is as important as learning how to design them. In this webinar, Rob will discuss why it’s important to institutionalize LCD, and will share the results of recent research to highlight 9 tips for what to avoid when conducting LCD (e.g., taking a “go-it-alone” approach; relying on “siloized” science; and neglecting to consider plausible futures, set priorities, or identify coordinated strategies).
We're pleased to share with you the LCC Network Lookout, our e-newsletter highlighting the latest stories from the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
The UW-Madison Arboretum’s Curtis Prairie, named for renowned UW-Madison botanist John Curtis, is often regarded as the world’s oldest restored prairie. With restoration efforts commencing in 1935, Curtis Prairie’s rich history has been shaped by surrounding land-use change, an influx of disturbances, scientific research, and the restoration process itself. We will discuss how these factors have shaped Curtis Prairie, what they have taught us, and how what we’ve learned will help guide future management for the next 80 years.
The United States and Mexico have engaged in restoration of the Colorado River Delta under Minute 319, a binational agreement on Colorado River management. Under this agreement, environmental flows have been delivered into the Colorado River below Morelos Dam since 2013, including a large “pulse flow” in 2014. This presentation summarizes an integration of data and models (IDM) developed from the environmental flows, developed as a tool to support decision makers’ efforts to plan and design future environmental flow deliveries to the Colorado River delta.
The Eastern Mojave is one of 3 pilot areas currently developing landscape conservation designs with the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative. This brief 1-hour webinar will introduce participants to the Desert LCC and the landscape conservation design process, key partners already involved in the Eastern Mojave, preliminary feedback on how to make this effort successful, and how to get involved.
Access this map to download over 200 data layers.
Andrew Stephenson and Kristin Shaw provide an overview of the Agroecology TAG and Ecological Places in Cities (EPiC), recent activities, and how you can get involved. The Agroecology Technical Advisory Group focuses on conservation in agricultural working lands and issues that address integrating functional natural communities within food, fiber, and fuel production systems to provide wildlife habitat and protect water quality both locally and downstream.
This eight-part series on drainage water management was developed by Extension engineers at land-grant universities across the Midwest in collaboration with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2014.
Rua will discuss the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative's process for selecting ecosystem indicators. These indicators measure natural and cultural resource integrity for the lands and waters of the region. He will cover how the cooperative developed its' process, selected their initial set of indicators, and how they have been testing and revising them over the last few years. The South Atlantic LCC Indicators have been used by a variety of public and private organizations.
The American West is now the fastest growing region in the United States and faces serious water challenges related to climate variability and competing demands. As the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western States, the Bureau of Reclamation has a responsibility to work with stakeholders to ensure sustainable water supplies for multiple uses into the future.
The six-page report features a letter from Jim Giocomo of the Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture, chair of the Gulf Coast PRairie LCC Steering Committee. In addition, the LCC reviews partnerships, landscape conservation design and supporting science, the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (aka SECAS), and communications. A bonus page explains Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and where the GCP LCC fits.
The South Atlantic LCC is pleased to release its 2016 Annual Report! Check out this short and sweet report highlighting some of the LCC’s biggest accomplishments for the last calendar year in supporting Blueprint uses, improving the Blueprint, promoting the Blueprint, and collaborating across LCCs.
Research from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences explores which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems - trees, shrubs, or grasses that simultaneously benefit the environment and generate high-value products that can be harvested for a profit.
This webinar’s goal is to improve participants’ knowledge in applying tools to improve riparian restoration to account for anticipated climate change. The presenter will overview anticipated climate change and implications to riparian restoration on California’s central coast. The webinar focuses on an introduction to ‘climate smart’ restoration principles, providing rationale and links to these tools for future use.
The Floodplain Science Network is a group of scientists, researchers, managers, policy experts, and conservation practitioners that have a common interest in learning from one another in regards to floodplain science, policy, restoration and conservation approaches. This presentation will provide an overview of how the Floodplain Science Network was formed, our accomplishments thus far, and our path forward.
This brief report highlights the major accomplishments of the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC in 2015 and 2016.
This research paper describes The Nature Conservancy's coastal conservation prioritization for Western Lake Erie. It is the result of an effort to utilize a suite of ecosystem services - from ecological to human well-being - to determine where to focus outcome-based efforts for coastal conservation in the region, and can be a valuable resource as efforts are expanded throughout the Great Lakes region.
This document specifies the standard for data and information delivery for Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SRLCC) science providers. It specifies project-level data management practices, data documentation, format standards, and product delivery processes. The standards are designed to ensure and facilitate full and open access to scientific data and data products funded by the SRLCC.
Learn about ongoing Natural Capital Project assessments in Iowa and Minnesota aimed at informing the targeting of restoration and best management practices in agricultural landscapes. Bonnie Keeler explores why mapping the location and preferences of beneficiaries of various ecosystems services changes how lands are targeted for restoration.
Atmospheric rivers may strongly influence yearly wildfire and vegetation in the southwestern U.S., according to this publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences from scientists working with the Southwest Climate Science Center. Atmospheric rivers have close connections to flooding and water supply in the western U.S. Understanding their ecological impacts may provide opportunities to better predict responses to climate change.
This intriguing blog written by Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC partner Bryan Piazza, describes nutrient-fueled "dead zones" in the Gulf of Mexico, a persistent threat that continues to grow in size in intensity all year long. It details the initial steps The Nature Conservancy has taken to develop a scientific "rapid assessment", and details a scientific plan for targeted efforts that can make a lasting impact in waterways and the Gulf of Mexico.
Nathan Eckert discusses the complex life-cycle of native freshwater mussels and how the challenges it presents are dealt with in the hatchery setting. Specifically, he will discuss the Mobile Aquatic Rearing Station, or MARS trailer, a streamside mussel rearing unit that the Genoa National Fish Hatchery uses to culture thousands of mussels for release in the Upper Mississippi River Basin on an annual basis.
Presenter: Patrick Bixler, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
The Desert LCC, neighboring Great Basin LCC and Southern Rockies LCC, are working with partners to identify and fund key projects that provide critical information to partners working to conserve springs. To determine how best to ensure springs maintain water, support a diversity of plants and animals, and sustain the people that depend on them, we must gather data to inform how we manage springs. The Desert LCC created a brief summary of applied science and partner efforts that help conserve springs in the region.
The Great Basin LCC reflects on its accomplishments of last year in this 2016 Annual Report. Over the year, the LCC continued vital ongoing conservation efforts throughout the region while seeking new opportunities to make a difference. Great Basin LCC staff and supported projects helped promote a landscape focus, foster collaboration to maximize impact, build partnerships with Great Basin tribes and facilitate information sharing across this vast and varied geography.
This brief report highlights the major accomplishments of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC in 2016.
The goal of the NWBR Synthesis is to develop shared conservation priorities and implementation strategies across the region by synthesizing existing landscape planning and science. In this informational webinar we:
- Provide a project update
- Share an example from a similar regional effort, The Arid Lands Initiative
- Introduce the project’s Team Structure, and the variety of ways you can get involved
The North Pacific LCC released is February 2017 issue of the Conservation Digest, produced in collaboration with the Northwest Climate Science Center. This month's e-newsletter features a list of recent climate-science and landscape conservation publications and learning opportunities.
This report presents a decision support framework aimed at helping managers of freshwater ecosystems in the northern Rockies think critically about how to apply climate information to their management decisions. The impact of climate change on cold-water ecosystems and their native salmonids is the subject of a substantial body of research. Recently, scientists have developed a number of datasets and analyses to help project climate change effects for native salmonid populations. Alongside this research, a number of management options have been identified by scientists and managers.
When the Review of the LCCs was released in December 2015, the LCC Network committed to reporting on our progress in responding to the National Academy of Sciences’ recommendations. The LCC Network assembled a “Next Steps” team and drafted an Action Plan to set a trajectory of continual improvement. Implementation of the Action Plan is expected to take approximately two years, with many of the activities intended to be ongoing such as developing living documents and fostering ongoing, collaborative relationships.
Is California's drought over? Find out in the most recent drought & climate outlook webinar. These webinars are designed to provide timely information on current drought status and associated regional impacts, as well as a preview of current and developing climatic events (i.e. El Niño and La Niña).
The January 2017 edition of the Conservation Digest, a joint e-newsletter produced by the North Pacific LCC and the Northwest Climate Science Center, features articles on a How-to Guide for the Coproduction of Actionable Science; three new reports on NPLCC-funded projects; learning opportunities; Tribe and First Nation resources as well as information on coastal/marine ecosystems/ocean acidification/sea level rise; freshwater aquatic resources and ecosystems/water r
This is a recording of a presentation on the Gulf Hypoxia Initiative delivered by Easten Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC Science Coordinator Gwen White at the 2016 International American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting, November 7, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bonnie Magnuson-Skeels, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
Wesley Walker, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences