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Mar 28, 2016

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians received a $200,000 Tribal Wildlife grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for feral hog control.  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $5 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants to Native American and Alaska Native tribes in 16
states. The awards will support 29 fish and…

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South Atlantic LCC Annual Report released

The South Atlantic's 2015 Annual Report is now available!  This document highlights the SALCC's major accomplishments of the past year, including Blueprint 2.0, the Simple Viewer, the State of the South Atlantic, and many exciting success stories where members of the cooperative used the Blueprint to help bring new conservation dollars to the region.

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Conservation within an ever changing landscape is the title of an article by Vanessa Beeson in the MSU Alumnus magazine about the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC, focusing on the vital role that Mississippi State University plays in partnering with and supporting the LCC:

Atlanta currently covers an area larger than Massachusetts, with scientists…

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presented the core team that produced the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) with the inaugural Sam D. Hamilton Award for Transformational Conservation Science on March 17, 2016 at a ceremony…

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Milestone highlights successful partnerships between states, private
landowners, conservation groups, universities and federal agencies in
saving the animal that inspired creation of the “teddy bear”


TALLULAH, La. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today
announced that due to 24 years of dedicated recovery efforts by a broad
array of partners, the Louisiana black bear—the inspiration for the teddy
bear—will be removed from the…

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Congratulations to the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment team!

Sam D. Hamilton 2015 Award for Transformational Conservation Science
Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment

Message from Dan Ashe, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director

The Science Committee created this new award in Sam’s memory to recognize individuals and teams who are working on big picture challenges, developing collaborative…

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Your voice needs to be heard to ensure that your organization’s efforts, interests and values are reflected in the GCPO LCC draft Conservation Blueprint.  Anyone can now provide comments on the Conservation Planning Atlas!  

(1) Click on the habitat system maps below.

(2) Sign up if you are not already a member (or sign in if you are).…

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Blueprint Workshops are Underway

In last month’s newsletter, we announced that LCC staff were hosting 1-day workshops around the GCPO region to unveil draft maps that will become part of the GCPO LCC’s Blueprint for Shared Action. The purpose of these workshops is to engage partners and stakeholders in a discussion about shared priorities for maintaining, conserving, or restoring habitat.

In the workshops, participants are…

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 First in a series of impressions from participants in the GCPO LCC Blueprint Workshops being held spring 2016.

Bill Holimon is the Chief of Research for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), an agency “committed to the protection of special places, collaborative conservation, and…

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Know your back yard? Join LANDFIRE's review project!

Calling all biologists, ecologists, and experts who know "your landscape" like your own back yard

LANDFIRE is soliciting expert reviews of its pre-European settlement Biophysical Settings models and descriptions to add your knowledge to this important encyclopedia of ecosystems. We know that LCC network members are ideally suited to contribute to the review, which is why LANDFIRE is asking a favor of…

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It's Going to be a Busy Year in the GCPO LCC!

Happy New Year!

It’s beginning to look like a really busy year in the GCPO LCC.  Of course, it was great to take some time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, spend time with family and friends and get outdoors.  But now the calendar has flipped into a new year, 2016, and it’s clear that this is shaping up to be quite a year for our partnership. 

First, we just concluded a successful Geospatial Science Meeting in…

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In 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will partner with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to administer the FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) for students and recent graduates interested in a conservation career.  FWS will be providing the fellowship opportunities for undergraduate (rising seniors) and graduate students who are enrolled or are accepted for enrollment in a 4 year or higher degree program; and recent graduates who…
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In 2014, the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCPO LCC) partnered with the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) to revise the riverine portion of the GCPO LCC Integrated Science Agenda (ISA). We are now requesting review of the draft reports by those with expertise on the rivers of the region. This information will be used to assess the current condition of the region's streams and rivers and guide development of…

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A multi-LCC project is helping to save federal dollars by improving the efficiency of monitoring

The Interior Least Tern is a federally-listed endangered species whose populations have been stable or expanding since 1985.  Using power analysis and a sampling plan in which all Interior Least Tern (ILT) nesting areas over an 18-state area will be counted once every three years, partners across the Southeast and Midwest developed an…

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