Presented by the Conservation Biology Institute and hosted by the Southern Rockies LCC. This project is funded in part by the SRLCC.
This study researches and produces tools to understand the conditions that make soils vulnerable to drought and how this affects vegetation cover, and especially trees. Maps of climate-sensitive soils can be used to make management decisions on where to focus conservation and restoration resources and where the landscape is likely to be more resilient to the effects of climate change.
This document provides the foundation for the LCC Science Coordinators Team, or LSCT. The LSCT was established to strengthen the scientific foundations of the LCCs and the LCC Network in pursuit of landscapes capable of sustaining natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
The University of Florida, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and National Park Service are working in partnership to develop methods and tools that will allow natural resource managers to examine potential effects of climate change on species’ geographic ranges in the context of ecosystem and landscape planning.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to maintaining wildlife populations and overall biodiversity. Wildlife biologists need to be addressing this threat both in policy arenas as well as in on-the-ground management activities. An example is provided of how climate change was incorporated into a revision of South Dakota's Wildlife Action Plan. The Action Plan has a primary focus on an ecosystem-based approach designed to provide representation of the state's native ecosystems described and mapped as specific plant communities.
A group of over 150 invited researchers and managers representing a diverse cross-section of expertise and affiliations were assembled to identify the science information needs of Appalachia in order to effectively address the conservation challenges and opportunities across the landscape. The resulting comprehensive cataloguing or “Science Needs Portfolio” was developed to serve as a guiding framework, critical to help facilitate and support conservation planning, delivery, and applied research as well as monitoring efforts across the Appalachian LCC.
The purpose of this strategic conservation framework is to articulate the rationale, approach, and priorities for the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) that reflects the unique geography and regional natural resource issues. The information presented in this document is summarized from background research on existing landscape initiatives (place-, issue-, or species-based) and other regionally summarized ecological and landscape information relevant to the Great Northern geography.
World Wildlife Fund's Anne Schrag presents a tool developed to assist with landscape level planning. The Northern Plains Conservation Network (NPCN) interactive web map is a repository for shared spatial data that represents the collective priorities of the group of organizations that are a part of NPCN. These data include the distribution of priority species, demographic data and data on threats to the ecoregion, including energy development and climate change.
Dr. Jeff Lovich, USGS, Southwest Biological Science Center, will present a review of peer-reviewed published information on impacts from renewable energy development in the Desert Southwest on non-volant (non-flying) terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Although there is little published available data to evaluate effects on non-flying species, some conclusions can be drawn from existing studies and similar analog activities (e.g., large scale oil and gas mining). Dr.
In 2012, LCC partner WWF Northern Great Plains Program unveiled a new Northern Plains Conservation Network interactive web map for the ecoregion, which reflects a regional assessment of conservation opportunities in the Northern Great Plains and allows users to better understand natural resources on their lands, as well as how threats like climate change and energy development may influence those resources now and into the future.
Building the Foundation for International Conservation Planning for the Prairie Pothole Ecosystem
Kevin Doherty, Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC project investigator, presents research that will support conservation planning for the prairie pothole ecosystem in the face of uncertain climatic conditions.
In 2012, The Nature Conservancy published “Talking Big: Lessons Learned from a 9,000 Hectare Restoration in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie” in the online, peer reviewed journal Sustainability. The Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC provided support and and guidance to the larger project examining large-scale restoration and sustaining habitats and services under accelerating climate change conditions.
Climate scientists often develop models to predict how climate may change in an effort to inform other models that predict how these changes may impact conservation targets. However, these models are not often translated into information that is accessible and useful for land managers and conservation decision-makers.
In October 2012, conservation experts from the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative proposed priorities for science and collaboration to guide conservation research and future investments by the LCC and its partners.
Amy Symstad, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, discusses research funded through the National Climate Predictions and Projections Pilot project. Her project aims to project future effects of land management, natural disturbance, and CO2 on woody encroachment in the northern Great Plains in a changing climate.
Tom Melius, Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Terry Steinwand, Director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, co-chair the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative. They discuss why landscape conservation, a holistic approach to identifying science needs and conservation actions, is defining the future of how their and partner agencies are conducting business.
Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Technical Committee members hear from Rick Sodja on a recently funded North Central Climate Science Center project that integrates climate and biological data into land management decision models to assess species and habitat vulnerability. This research specifically focuses on Greater Sage-Grouse and their habitats.
Hydrogeomorphic Restoration /Management Methodology (HGRM) is being applied along 670 miles of the river from Decatur, Nebraska to St. Louis, Missouri. Using this method, engineers and ecologists are examining the restoration and management potential of this regulated, yet still untamed system.
Results of this research will help guide land and water uses within the corridor aimed at maximizing ecological functionality while considering flood control, restoration potential, recreation, navigation, and other interests along the river.
These documents provide the foundation for the LCC Coordinators Team, or LCT. The LCT was established to develop the necessary and appropriate levels of consistent communication, collaboration, and other unifying actions across the LCCs to ensure that the Network’s vision and mission are being fulfilled.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with the global conservation community, has recognized that the conservation challenges of the 21st century far exceed the responsibilities and footprint of any individual agency or program. The ecological effects of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors do not recognize geopolitical boundaries and, as such, demand a national geographic framework to provide structure for cross-jurisdictional and landscape-scale conservation strategies.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a long history of habitat conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the United States that has focused on migratory birds, particularly waterfowl. The ongoing acquisition program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System has conserved approximately 1.1 million hectares of critical breeding waterfowl habitat. Results of recent predicted future climate scenarios are being used to suggest that waterfowl conservation be shifted away from currently important areas in the western and central portions of the U.S.
The National Fish Habitat Partnership works to conserve fish habitat nationwide, leveraging federal, state, and private funding sources to achieve the greatest impact on fish populations through priority conservation projects. The national partnership implements the National Fish Habitat Action Plan and supports 18 regional grassroots partner organizations. These Fish Habitat Partnerships are the work units of the NFHP. For more information, visit http://www.fishhabitat.org/.