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.

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.

Date posted: September 26, 2016
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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.

Date posted: September 22, 2016
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On August 24, 2016, Tim Brown and Greg McCurdy, Desert Research Institute, and Kathryn Dyer, BLM Nevada, presented a webinar about climate monitoring for land management applications in the Great Basin.

Date posted: September 20, 2016
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This newsletter features: Steering Committee meeting details and logistics, LCC strategic plan and operational procedures update, and other LCC news.

Date posted: September 19, 2016
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Research results from an effort led by the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership indicates that stabilizing monarch populations requires a conservation strategy across all land types to adequately minimize extinction risk. With over 80% of people living in urban areas, the Science Partnership believes there are unprecedented opportunities in cities to connect people with nature through monarch and pollinator conservation.

Date posted: September 14, 2016
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Floodplains pose challenges to managers of conservation lands because of constantly changing interactions with their rivers. Bouska et al. conducted an online survey with 80 resource managers of floodplain conservation lands along the Upper and Middle Mississippi River and Lower Missouri River, USA, to evaluate management priority, management intensity, and available scientific information for management objectives and conservation targets.

Date posted: September 13, 2016
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Work on the Bill Williams River has been a prominent contributor to the advancement of understanding the relationships between flows and ecology, especially in a desert-river context. This talk provides an overview on the body of eco-flow work on the Bill Williams River, largely focused on environmental hydrographs produced by releases from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Alamo Dam. Specifically, the five environmental flow releases that occurred between 2005-2010 are reviewed.

Date posted: September 9, 2016
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Landscape conservation design is of broad importance for achieving the goals of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Network. This document articulates the LCC Network’s Definition of landscape conservation design.

Date posted: September 8, 2016
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In 2016, coordinators and science coordinators from the LCCs developed and adopted eight characteristics reflecting current information from scientific literature and conservation practitioners about attributes important for relevant and useful designs.


Characteristics of Landscape Conservation Designs


Characteristic 1: Collaborative / Multi-sector / Partner-Driven
Description: The partnership is cross-jurisdictional and multi-sector and operates using collaborative, partner-driven processes.

Date posted: September 8, 2016

The LCC Network Story Map showcases 22 stories from the 22 LCCs and features signature projects that demonstrate the breadth and depth of partner-driven accomplishments. The map works best using Internet Explorer as the browser. 

Date posted: September 5, 2016
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Most people can quickly explain what they do, but what about why they do it?

In 2015 at a Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative Steering Committee meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, partners shared why they get together to collaborate and problem-solve with colleagues from dozens of other organizations and jurisdictions.The video shares insights from scientists, managers as they work together on landscape-scale science and conservation issues.

Video Footage Credits:

Date posted: September 2, 2016
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This newsletter features: new newsletter format, confirmation of action plan amendments, co-chair nominations, progress since May meeting, fall meeting update.

Date posted: September 1, 2016
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Modeling ecological minimum requirements for distribution of greater sage-grouse leks: implications for population connectivity across their western range, U.S.A.

Linked below is a sage grouse paper modeling ecological minimum requirements for distribution of greater sage grouse leks. This study was funded by the Great Northern LCC. People that work on greater sage grouse and sagebrush ecosystems will find this study a useful reference.

Date posted: August 30, 2016
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On August 24, 2016, Tim Brown and Greg McCurdy, Desert Research Institute, and Kathryn Dyer, BLM Nevada, presented a webinar about climate monitoring for land management applications in the Great Basin.

Date posted: August 29, 2016
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A book on cumulative effects written primarily by a team of UNBC professors, with several northern British Columbia examples.

Editors: Gillingham, M.P., Halseth, G.R., Johnson, C.J., Parkes, M.W. (Eds.)

Date posted: August 26, 2016
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The Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NWB LCC) is a voluntary, diverse, self-directed management-science partnership, informing and promoting integrated science, sustainable natural and cultural resource management, and conservation to address impacts of climate change and other stressors within and across ecosystems. The NWB LCC area includes parts of Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and British Columbia.

Date posted: August 26, 2016
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Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to cultural resources in America’s national parks. At Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (KLGO) climate change threats to cultural resources include response-driven fluvial channel migration, glacial outburst floods, and melting ice patches.

Date posted: August 23, 2016
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Springs serve as an important water source for rural communities, symbolic and sacred places for many tribes, and vital aquatic and riparian environments in arid lands. This report, supported by the Great Basin LCC and produced by Donald Sada and Alexandra Lutz of the Desert Research Institute, examined data from 2,256 springs collected between the late 1980s into 2013.

Date posted: August 21, 2016
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Speakers: Toni Lyn Morelli and Sean P. Maher, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

Date posted: August 17, 2016
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This 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 U.S. in the context of of many ecological factors. It is the result of a project conducted to focus on assessing dams based on their ecological benefit if removed or bypassed.

This video put together by Freshwaters Illustrated is another pieces of the project and serves as a great mechanism to increase awareness about aquatic connectivity issues in the Southeast.

Date posted: August 15, 2016
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Wetlands are highly dynamic ecosystem components that fluctuate dramatically in inundation and persistence of water both within and across years. However, these systems are commonly classified in a deterministic, discrete manner that does not reflect inherent spatial and temporal variation. Developing a methodology to identify gradients in water inundation is critical given the dynamic nature of wetlands.

Date posted: August 10, 2016
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Since 2010, the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC has evolved from strictly providing funding for landscape science production, to facilitating the use of existing and new science toward the development of landscape conservation strategies. This presentation discusses that evolution and how the UMGL LCC's landscape conservation approach is being applied toward conservation outcomes through strategic restoration of aquatic habitat connectivity and conservation of Great Lakes coastal wetlands.

Date posted: August 8, 2016
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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.

Date posted: August 5, 2016
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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.

Date posted: August 4, 2016
Conservation Planning Atlas Home Page

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.

Date posted: August 1, 2016
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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.

Date posted: August 1, 2016

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

Date posted: July 28, 2016

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.

Date posted: July 19, 2016
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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
Date posted: July 15, 2016
Wetlands Mapper Interface Preview

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.

Date posted: July 7, 2016
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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.

Date posted: July 6, 2016
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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.

Date posted: July 6, 2016
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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.​

Date posted: July 1, 2016
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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.

Date posted: June 28, 2016
National Phenology Network Gridded Climate Data Visualization

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:

Date posted: June 27, 2016
Appalachian LCC Conservation Design Framework Website Home Page Preview

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.

Date posted: June 24, 2016
Ecosystem Benefits and Risks Website Home Page Preview

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.

Date posted: June 24, 2016
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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.

Date posted: June 17, 2016
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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.

Date posted: June 10, 2016
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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.

Date posted: June 2, 2016
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Reporting on activities and achievement for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2015. 

Date posted: May 31, 2016
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Reporting on activities and achievement for the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2015. 

Date posted: May 31, 2016
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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.

Date posted: May 31, 2016

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.

Date posted: May 26, 2016
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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

Date posted: May 26, 2016
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A two-page overview of the multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin / Gulf Hypoxia Initiative covering the goals, objectives, and next steps for the Initiative.

Date posted: May 25, 2016
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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.

Date posted: May 16, 2016
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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.

Date posted: May 4, 2016
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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.

Date posted: May 3, 2016
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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.

Date posted: April 29, 2016