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Last week was a big week for the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC. First, we had a celebration of the first 5 years of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy, a.k.a. SECAS, at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in Baton Rouge, LA. That was followed by our own GCPO LCC Steering Committee meeting, where we unveiled our Version 1.0 of the GCPO’s…

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Did you know that within the 275 million-acre Southeast region of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) which includes 10 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, only 4 million acres are owned and managed by the agency? A similar pattern holds true throughout the entire 15-state (plus Caribbean) region of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). The world’s 36th recognized biodiversity “hotspot,” the North American Coastal Plain, spans 13 of the…

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Do you know individuals or organizations that are making a difference to increase understanding of climate impacts on natural resources and/or providing innovative approaches to reducing impacts, improving response capabilities, and increasing resilience in a changing climate? 

Nominate them today for the 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources and help us recognize their outstanding efforts to increase awareness and safeguard U.S.…

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The following two webinars culminate more than two years of research work supported by the GCPO LCC.  The two projects fill important data gaps identified in the Integrated Science Agenda.  The Society of American Foresters has approved continuing forestry education (CFE) credit for the first…

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Introduction:

While never a dominant feature in the landscape, natural grassland systems once formed an ecologically cohesive and important “archipelago” or “shifting mosaic” of patches of open grasses and broad-leaved herbaceous flowering plants called forbs, usually on calcareous soils in belted formations, across much of the East and West Gulf Coastal Plains and, more rarely, in parts of the Ozark Highlands and Gulf Coast. About 99% of these landscapes have been converted to…

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Please register for Desired Ecological States for Wildlife Provided by Open Pine in Managed Forests on Sep 29, 2016 1:00 PM CDT at: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7564974627612986369

If you are a forester, private landowner, or state/federal agency habitat manager, then you will want to learn the results of a project assessing "…

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Natural and cultural areas that will remain similar to what they are today – despite climate change – need to be identified, managed and conserved as “refugia” for at-risk species, according to a study published today in PLOS One. The study sets…

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“Rather than completing research projects without anyone at the finish line to greet us, I want a whole bunch of people standing by with their arms outstretched just waiting for the handoff to get our results.”  Those are the words of Kim Winton, Director of the South Central Climate Science Center, which is now in the midst of a significant planning effort to improve and increase what the…

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Summer Vacations, and Landscapes Transformed

I went on Shore, & passed thro the plain passed Several noles to the top of a high artificial Noal from the top of this noal I had an emence, extensive & pleaseing prospect, of the Countrey around, I could See the meandering of the Little River for at least 10 miles winding thro  a meadow of 15 or 20000 acres of high bottom land covered with Grass about 4 1/ 2 feet…

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The Ecological Assessment of estuarine tidal marsh uses existing digital geospatial data to assess three basic themes as they relate to desired ecological states for the system: How much of the ecological system is in the desired ecological state? How much more is needed? Where is the system already in the desired ecological state and where are opportunities to manage for these conditions? This information will provide a vital foundation to aid Gulf Coast conservation practitioners in making…
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Got quail?

The USDA Farm Service Agency has just made it a little easier for farmers to provide habitat for quail and other upland birds.  

Enrollment of center pivot corners in the Continuous CRP practice CP33, Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds, provides valuable food and cover for quail and upland birds on marginal cropland areas, helping re-connect bobwhites and cropland. Beginning January…

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Four projects in three webinars in 30 days!  That has got to be some kind of record for the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative, which offered three webinars (closing out 4 projects) to the public over the past month.  Judging from the significant response (a total of 244 registered and 150 attended), people and organizations may have been looking forward to these projects’ results.  The use of a new webinar platform also provided…

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LCC Inreach and Collaborator Recognition at FWS Resource Village

The Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks, Gulf Coast Prairie, Peninsular Florida, South Atlantic, and Caribbean LCCs, along with representatives from the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy were invited to participate in a Resource Village at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Southeast Region Fit for the Future of Conservation Project…

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State and Federal Leaders providing input to development of the SECAS Conservation Leadership Summit

If you’ve been engaged in any of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) across the southeast – including the GCPO – you have likely heard about the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy – or SECAS. October 2016 is the 5-year anniversary of SECAS, which was initiated by states of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA)…

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Here's a link to a study that was recently published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. I've pasted the abstract and information below. For more information, please send me an email at mosland@usgs.gov.

Also, we've recently received funding from the South Central and Southeast Climate Science Centers for follow-up work on this project. We're going to be using these data for customized analyses focused on landscape conservation design within specific estuaries (e.g., estuaries…

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The geospatial data community is moving fast in providing new and updated geospatial data products to the conservation community. Hard to keep up? The LCC can help by highlighting new data and information releases we think would be relevant to you. This time we're highlighting the new update to the Protected Areas Database, which we've got on the agenda for an August 22nd webinar with the GCPO Geomatics Working Group. We've also provided links to a newly released downscaled climate model,…
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On August 17th, 2016, the South Central Climate Science Center (SCCSC) will be launching a brand new free semester-long massive open online course called “Managing for a Changing Climate.”  Participants will learn about the components of the climate system, including the range of natural climate variability and external drivers of climate change, in addition to impacts of a changing climate on multiple sectors such as the economy, policy, ecosystems,…

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