The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) supports a number of projects throughout the broad Pacific region, focusing on specific islands and atolls in Hawaiʽi, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Marine National Monuments.
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.
This interactive website integrates multiple story maps and graphics about the Southwest Florida region to display anticipated changes to natural and built areas through 2060, and management options.
The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) is a shared, long-term vision for the conservation future of the Southeast and Caribbean region of the United States. Through SECAS, diverse partners are working together to design and achieve a connected network of landscapes and seascapes that supports thriving fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people.
This report from the twenty member tribes of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission focuses on the impacts of climate change to homelands, waters, and ways of life. These tribes have a historical and contemporary relationship with the watersheds and ecosystems of the Pacific Ocean coast, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Hood Canal, and Puget Sound. Virtually all of the resources and activities that treaties protect—fishing, gathering, and hunting—are impacted by the effects of climate change.
The Coastal Wetland Prioritization Tool provides information on the ecological condition, water quality, surrounding human pressures and conservation status of coastal wetlands. Through an intuitive interface, it allows coastal wetland managers to view the data, and select variables of interest, prioritize and report results.
The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Restoration Assessments help coastal wetland managers consider the broader context of their local conservation opportunities by identifying specific areas with high potential for restoration, comparing results with basemaps and oblique aerial photography and generating reports on areas of interest.
The tool allows coastal wetland managers to determine which lands are most conducive for restoration back to coastal wetland by using a restorability index model that factors in criteria such as:
Stakeholder participation is a foundation of good water governance. In the Upper Santa Cruz River basin in Arizona, USA, the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) convened a project aimed at providing scientific underpinnings for groundwater planning and management. In this project, entitled Groundwater, Climate, and Stakeholder Engagement (GCASE), stakeholders provided critical input to hydrologic modeling analyses using an innovative modeling framework for the Upper Santa Cruz River basin near Nogales, AZ.
The National Fish Habitat Partnership has released their latest This Assessment Report, released by the National Fish Habitat Partnership, summarizes all the human impacts on fish habitats in the rivers and estuaries of the United States. It evaluates the risk and major drivers of habitat degradation within major subregions, as well as individual watersheds and estuaries.
Landscape Conservation Planning and Design Workshop webinar for the Transboundary Madrean Watershed. Webinar highlights
- Existing data and resource management plans in the pilot area: We will highlight findings from our data call including the BLM's Rapid Ecological Assessments
- What to expect from the LCPD workshops Sept 21-22: We will go over the planned agenda for our meeting, as well as what to expect and what to do to prepare for the 2-day workshop
This webinar will be presented in both Spanish and English concurrently.
Presenters: The webinar will be presented by Louise Misztal, Maureen Correll, and Colleen Whitaker of DLCC Landscape Conservation Planning and Design Core Team. Webinar co-presenters who are leading coordination of the pilot area include Russell Martin with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Jeff Bennett with the National Park Service, and Alfredo Rodriguez Pineda with the World Wildlife Fund. We will be providing the webinar in bi-lingual format with both Spanish and English.
Presenters: The webinar will be presented by Louise Misztal, Maureen Correll, and Tahnee Robertson of the DLCC Landscape Conservation Planning and Design Core Team. Webinar co-presenters who are leading coordination of the pilot area include Juan Carlos Bravo with Wildlands Network and Peter Else with the Lower San Pedro Conservation Alliance.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2015.
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Crist, NatureServe
The NatureServe Vista® is an extension to ArcGIS that supports complex assessment and planning in any environment, anywhere that has data sufficient for your planning needs. The tool helps managers and planners assess impacts on a variety of natural, cultural, and development objectives, and create options for sites, and entire landscapes and seascapes.
Presenter: Lisa Johnson, Boise State University
The North Pacific LCC co-produced the 2016 Northwest Climate Magazine with the Northwest Climate Science Center and the Climate Impacts Research Consortium. The 2016 edition features stories from the NPLCC, NW CSC, CIRC, similar to the 2015 edition and this year includes new stories from the Great Basin LCC, Great Northern LCC, and a NW CSC Graduate Fellow. This year's theme focuses on water availability in the Northwest.
Federal agencies, working together with states, tribes, and other partners, designated seven Resilient Lands and Waters Partnerships across the country during the spring and summer of 2015: California Headwaters, California's North-Central Coast and Russian River Watershed, Crown of the Continent (northern Rocky Mountains), Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands (Lakes Huron & Erie), Hawaii (West Hawai'i, West Maui, and He'eia (O'ahu)), Puget Sound's Snohomish River Watershed, and Southwest Florida.
This draft document identifies and defines the responsibilities of and procedures to be followed by the four main components of the LCC Structure: the Steering Committee, Strategic Subcommittees, Work Groups and Work Group Task Teams, and LCC Staff.
This document serves as the guiding document for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC for the next five years.
Speaker: Dr. Karen Thorne, USGS, WERC, San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station
The National Park Service published a Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook that summarizes the current state of NPS climate adaptation and key approaches for use in coastal parks. It includes case studies from Hurricane Sandy response and recovery strategies, including changes to infrastructure. Another chapter features practical coastal infrastructure information, including cost per unit length of constructed features like seawalls, beach nourishment, and nature-based solutions.
On November 4, 2016, Dr. Peter Adler, Utah State University, discussed how sagebrush sensitivity to climate change varies across the region and the strengths and weaknesses of various climate modeling approaches. Healthy big sagebrush habitat is essential for the persistence of many high value conservation species across the western US. To gain confidence in predictions of climate change impacts on existing populations of big sagebrush, a research team from Utah State University compared output from four modeling approaches, each based on very different data and assumptions.
This Science Plan will serve as an action-oriented blueprint for acquiring scientific information needed to restore and conserve the imperiled ‘sagebrush sea,’ a roughly 500,000-square-mile area of sagebrush steppe habitat across western North America.
This brief report highlights the major accomplishments of the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC in 2015 and 2016 and features insights regarding the value of collaboration from Steering Committee co-chairs and membership.
GCPO LCC mark (logo), color and font guidance and resources for use in promotions and publications.
A special issue of the journal of the George Wright Society focusing on landscape-scale conservation in North America features an article highlighting the unique role that LCCs play in addressing conservation challenges that require coordination and collaboration across vast geographies. South Atlantic LCC staff served as co-authors and contributed a write-up on the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint!
Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC staff created a spatial data layer of all known examples of natural prairie within their geography, using spatial datasets derived from a variety of sources. The spatial data layer initially shows observed and noted prairies in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Missouri with no records of prairie patches for parts of the GCPO outside of these states. Partners are encouraged to provide feedback in the comments section of the map on the CPA. The comments tab allows the user to draw polygons, lines and points in addition to written comments.
Great Lakes Inform is a free, online platform designed to increase the efficiency of regional conservation and resource management in the Great Lakes. Great Lakes Inform is a “first-stop” shop to find, share, and access information that helps you address key Great Lakes issues.
Great Lakes Inform provides the following services.
Spatial data for assessing the integrity of freshwater systems in the Green River Basin was identified as an information need by GRB LCD participants. Integrity of freshwater systems is key for informing management decisions within a watershed context. In this webinar, Dr. Dave Theobald and Dr. Dylan Harrison-Atlas will discuss their process-based approach to integrate data on local and cumulative drivers of freshwater integrity including future change agents.
Many media reports share a story of bleak decline for quaking aspen across the western U.S. The cause for this "aspen decline" (defined differently across newspapers) ranges, and includes: cool wet climates, warm dry climates, fire suppression, livestock, elk, fir encroachment, rampant development, ozone, recreation and radio waves. With such a wide range of reported causes and scenarios, what is the actual condition of aspen trees, and how might we expect this far-flung species to react to projected changes?
Land managers are responsible for developing effective strategies for conserving and restoring Great Basin ecosystems in the face of invasive species, conifer expansion, and altered fire regimes. A warming climate is magnifying the effects of these threats and adding urgency to implementation of management practices that will maintain or improve ecosystem functioning.
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives develop landscape conservation designs as mechanisms for identifying, designing, and delivering (through partners) an ecologically connected network of landscapes and seascapes adaptable to global change.
Dr. Stu Weiss, Creekside Center for Earth Observation
Dr. Lorraine Flint, USGS California Water Science Center
Deanne DiPietro, California Landscape Conservation Cooperative
In this webinar you will learn how you can apply the best science available to explore how climate change is shaping the future of the Bay Area’s natural resources.
The Landscape Climate Dashboard is a new visualization tool that helps you to explore future climate projections and soil site sensitivity for federally and tribally protected lands across the California, Pacific Northwest, Great Basin and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) boundaries in the Western United States.
On October 12, 2016, Dr. Bryan Hockett, BLM, discussed how archaeological data on large-scale traps and conifer encroachment can be utilized by biologists when planning Sage-grouse conservation efforts.
Biophysical transformations of riparian ecosystems over the last century have resulted in exotic species and heavy and flashy fuels that, together with severe droughts in last 3-50 years, are driving anomalous fire intensities and frequencies in many bottomland riverine ecosystems.
Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that conducts quantitative studies on the impacts of climate change and climate variability in the Pacific and Yukon region. Results from this work provide regional climate stakeholders with the information they need to develop plans for reducing the risks associated with climate variability and change. In this way, PCIC plays an important bridging function between climate research and the practical application of that knowledge by decision makers.
Management of dryland ecosystems is challenged by high heterogeneity in soil-geomorphic attributes, low and variable precipitation, and ecosystem dynamics prone to threshold or hysteresis type transitions. The Colorado Plateau, like many dryland ecosystems globally, has seen a recent up-tick in high-intensity land-uses, most notably oil and gas development. We will present new tools and techniques for assessing land-use impacts across broad regions that explicitly accounts for heterogeneity in ecological potential imposed by soil & geomorphic factors (Automated Reference Tool; ART).
The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) created the Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative (HITAI) to develop science-based syntheses of climate impacts on, and adaptation options for, terrestrial and freshwater resources on each of the main Hawaiian Islands. This project brings together Hawaii’s resource managers and conservation planners to discuss these challenges, share knowledge, identify needs, and prioritize key actions to reduce the vulnerability of resources to climate change.
LANDFIRE presents this webinar in partnership with the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange and the Great Basin, Great Northern, and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs).
On September 15, 2016, Dr. Jason Dunham, USGS, presented findings from his work on the Water Availability and Thermal Regimes (WATR) project in the Great Basin.
Greater sage-grouse populations have declined substantially over the last several decades. Concurrently, the density of fences and other anthropogenic structures has increased dramatically in sagebrush habitats, with potential negative impacts on sage-grouse. Markers have been applied to fences to reduce sage-grouse collisions with fencing, yet there is little empirical evidence on their efficacy as well as how fencing characteristics and surrounding landscape influence the probability of collisions.
Department of the Interior Secretarial Order 3336, Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration, called for the development of a comprehensive, science-based strategy to reduce the threat of large-scale rangeland fire to greater sage-grouse habitat and the sagebrush steppe ecosystem. The four LCCs of the sagebrush steppe are pleased to bring you a presentation on the scientific tools and methods recently developed to support the implementation of the conservation strategy.
This plan includes the Great Basin LCC’s updated vision and mission statement and sets out the key goals and objectives for the organization over the next five years.