The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative is being developed to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation's natural and constructed features. The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high-quality light detection and ranging (lidar) data over the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories.
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 Design has been described as the bridge between landscape ecology and conservation delivery. It recognizes the need for humans to live and work in the landscape and it seeks to understand the patterns and the underlying processes of those patterns. The PLJV has developed a landscape design process for their region. We will describe the process and an example that was the result of a pilot project on playa wetlands in Colorado and New Mexico. We will discuss how the landscape design process can be used in collaboration with partner products and conservation plans.
We prioritize our efforts based on decision maker’s science needs and on opportunities to leverage our resources. Within this framework, focusing on a particular topic or theme allows us to refine our selection and form a suite of integrated activities to fund, resulting in a number of synergistic benefits:
Natalie Sexton with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discusses the role of human dimensions in natural resource conservation.
This is a webinar for the Bird Alliance Education for Conservation hosted by the Sonoran Joint Venture and the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The presenter is Trica Hawkins from Tucson's Environmental Education Exchange, and the topic is human dimensions of wildlife conservation and the role of ethics and values in decision making and partnership building. Trica has been very involved in the bighorn sheep reintroduction here in Tucson and will be using that as a case study.
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Shifting diversity patterns and species turnover are fundamental concerns about how climate change will influence desert ecosystems. Scientists, managers, and-policy makers are searching for metrics to assist in the prediction of ecosystem responses to climate change. Temporal variation in landscape and regional-scale diversity can provide insights on the fragility or resilience of plant and animal communities in the Southwest to changing climates.
As one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Geospatial Program, The National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation. The National Map comprises a variety of products and services that provide access to base geospatial information (such as orthoimagery, elevation data, and hydrography) to describe the landscape of the United States.
Melanie Murphy from the University of Wyoming discusses her research related to wetland hydroperiod and climate change. Wetland hydroperiod, the length of time water is available in wetlands, is particularly sensitive to changes in precipitation, temperature and timing due to climate variation. Truncated hydroperiod has major implications for wetland-dependent species (e.g., waterfowl) and human water allocation.
Rapid ongoing climate change presents new challenges to natural resource managers. Effects are usually at large landscape scales and management actions must account for future uncertainty, often based solely on locally available data. Because birds are known to be indicators of ecosystem health and function and are cost effective to survey at multiple scales, they can provide early warnings of broader changes that may accompany climate change and other landscape-scale level environmental stressors.
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The Strategic Plan guides the GCPO LCC, defining its vision, mission, challenges, long-range goals, way of working and 5-year strategies for work in its 180-million acre geography.
Ben Rashford (University of Wyoming), Anne Schrag (World Wildlife Fund) and Johann Walker (Ducks Unlimited, Inc.) provide an overview of grassland conversion risk in the plains and prairie pothole region.
The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC, launched the Great Lakes Migratory Bird Stopover Portal in 2014, an online database available to natural resources managers across the Great Lakes that identifies and projects important migratory bird stopover habitat for landbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Carribean Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the entire Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Pacific Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
The 2013 Southern Rockies LCC annual report highlights science projects as well as accomplishments and activities. Initiated in April 2011, the Southern Rockies LCC has established itself as a diverse partnership. In 2013, SRLCC partners contributed over $1.6 million to support science acquisition and capacity to address landscape-level conservation planning. Of the $1.6 million, $669,000 was leveraged for an additional $808,000 in matching funds and/or in-kind services, generating a total of $1.48 million for science that informs management decisions.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
Reporting on activities and achievement for the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2013.
This provides a summary of the 9 projects selected for funding in response to the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks' Request for Proposals issued in 2013.
The capacity for evaporative heat dissipation has been largely overlooked in consideration of future species' distributions, but varies greatly across terrestrial vertebrate taxa and will have a critical influence on species persistence in many environments.
This document describes the major activities the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Western Alaska LCC) will undertake during the federal fiscal years (FY) of 2014 and 2015 (FY14 and FY15), summarizing their rationale and key components. The FY spans from October 1st to September 30th of each year. For context, we begin with an overview of the Western Alaska LCC’s activities from inception (2010) to date.
The Grasslands - Landscape Conservation Design approach outlined in this report is centered on a set of actions and principles that will help resource agencies and stakeholders work collaboratively to identify Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GPLCC) landscape goals and management objectives, threats to shared resources, science priorities and conservation opportunities.
Rick Nelson provides a summary of the steering committee meeting, Jeff Stoner outlines a potential energy concept project and requests comments and feedback from the team. Larry Gigliotti discussed the human dimensions proposal topic alongside Megan Cross. Johann Walker presents progress on land-use change proposal, and Ashley Spratt provides an update on communications activities including the Midwest landscape conservation communications network, DOI Banking on Nature roll-out, and annual report development.
This document answers those burning questions that people often ask about the LCC network.
Currently, two REAs have been completed within the Deset LCC boundary (Sonoran and Mojave Basin and Range). REAs covering Madrean Archipelago and Chihuahuan Desert ecoregions were started in FY12. REA are landscape assessments that look across an ecoregion to gain an understanding of ecological conditions and trends; natural and human influences; and opportunities for resource conservation, restoration, and development. They seek to identify important resource values and patterns of environmental change that may not be evident when managing smaller, local land areas.
Scenario Planning from Construction of Narratives to Evaluation of Options
Anne discusses her involvement in the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC).
Technical Committee webinar with special focus on prioritization of human dimensions/habitat loss projects, discussion on upcoming steering committee meeting, Web site development and online workspace/LCC communications.
The Nature Conservancy and hosted by the Southern Rockies LCC.
Presented on Thursday August 15th at 11:00 a.m. to noon (MT)
The Southern Rockies LCC (SRLCC) funded The Nature Conservancy to complete a comprehensive vulnerability assessment identifying species and ecosystems most at risk from climate change. The assessment included a set of habitat adaptation strategies for priority species, such as the Gunnison sage-grouse. As a final product, local demonstration projects were designed and installed.
Shifting temperature and precipitation trends coupled with changing agricultural practices have the potential to influence water quality across broad geographies, from America’s cornbelt to the farming communities of the Great Lakes. Researchers with U.S. Geological Survey, a strong partner in landscape conservation efforts, have recognized the overwhelming volume of scientific research that pinpoints some of the interactions among climate change, agriculture and water quality across communities where farming is a strong social, economic and cultural influence.