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We are currently seeking highly motivated applicants for 2 Wildland Fire Operation Technician positions open at Eglin/Tyndall AFB in the Florida panhandle. Both positions will be hosted by Colorado State University which offers a very competitive benefit and compensation package. The positions will be a part of the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Center Interagency Module who's primary focus is implementing high quality prescribed fire programs on 3 installations within the modules area…

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1. Webinar July 20 [DATE CHANGED]: Guiding Regional Conservation Under Climate Change

If you are a conservation planner or resource manager, then you will be interested in the long-term planning approach developed in the GCPO LCC-sponsored project entitled Guiding Regional Conservation Under Climate Change, recently completed by Thomas Bonnot at the University of Missouri (also a…

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New CPA Datasets & Galleries now available!

Are you a GIS pro? A data nerd? A conservation planner hooked on maps?  Then you you’ll want to check out the new datasets and galleries now available at the GCPO LCC’s Conservation Planning Atlas.

Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture (LMVJV): 

The LMVJV has asked the GCPO LCC to post its new MAV forest characterization layers that they produced:

The Forest Breeding Bird Decision Support Model (FBBDSM)…

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A few takeaways from last month’s GCPO/GCP/GOMA joint meeting:

  • The Tuesday joint sessions on the Gulf and Bottomland Hardwood systems were well-attended, and certainly showed a high level of interest in what’s going on with LCC-associated projects. For the Gulf session, it was an opportunity for us to highlight some of the research that LCCs have been involved with over the last…
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SEAFWA 2016 & SECAS Summit in Baton Rouge

The 2016 annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) will be held in Baton Rouge Louisiana, Oct. 16-19.  SEAFWA is a forum for the exchange of ideas and critical information regarding the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources primarily in the southeast.  This year marks the 5-year anniversary of the …

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The Gulf Coast Prairie (GCP) and Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks (GCPO) Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) came together in Baton Rouge June 14 and 15 to review what has been done collectively in the Gulf of Mexico and to discuss how to best collaborate on future conservation efforts.  Members of both LCCs’ Steering Committees gathered at the joint meeting, along with other leaders and staff, for a morning session focused on strategic planning for the Gulf that integrates…

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A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend the Mid-South Prairie Symposium at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in Clarksville, Tennessee. The symposium was organized by Dwayne Estes, professor of APSU’s Center of Excellence for Field Biology at APSU and botanical explorer for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). Dr. Estes’ research interests include biogeography, threatened and endangered species, and plant…

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Creating a Shared Vision in the GCPO LCC

Few, if any, forces in human affairs are as powerful as shared vision.  Peter Senge

Next month, the GCPO and Gulf Coast Prairie LCCs will be convening in Baton Rouge, LA, to engage in Steering Committee discussions.  It’s our annual spring/summer retreat, where we really dig into the most important questions and issues facing…

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For the first time ever, the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks and the Gulf Coast Prairie LCCs’ respective steering committees will be meeting together to ratchet up their level of collaboration on shared conservation issues.  And what better venue for the meeting than the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) All Hands Meeting in Baton Rouge, LA?  A veritable army of conservationists…

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An urgent opportunity has come to our attention; the European Commission is redesigning their Renewable Energy Directive (RED) for the 2020-2030 timeframe, and they are accepting public comment until May 10. The RED has critically impacted America's natural resources and this public comment period presents an immeasurable opportunity to impact the course of European policies.  We strongly encourage stakeholders like you to weigh…

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The GCPO LCC 2015 Annual Report is now available!  With so much going on, this year merited another "By the Numbers" summary to help you quickly take in the LCC's progress at a glance.  This year's report is organized to report achievements and progress in implementing our 5 long-range strategies:

  • organizational representation
  • conservation…
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In early March, I attended a workshop on the Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative project, which has been expertly led by our LCC neighbors to the north, the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers LCC, since 2013.  The workshop was a culmination of more than 2 years of hard work, in which representatives from 7 LCCs spanning the enormous Mississippi River Basin,…

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Jason Wilson is Refuge Manager of the Clarence Cannon, Great River, and Middle Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges, which stretch from southern Iowa through Missouri and Illinois to Cairo, where the Ohio River meets the Mississippi.  Jason is a manager who recognizes the value of partnerships for achieving his conservation objectives, which is why he is excited about the GCPO LCC’s blueprint conservation design process.

At the Blueprint Workshop held…

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