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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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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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