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A new tool developed to assist in incorporating future change into current conservation planning

Sea level rise threatens a variety of habitats along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast, and tidal saline wetlands (that is, mangrove forests, salt marshes, and salt flats) may be among the most vulnerable.  Given sufficient time and space, these wetlands can in some cases migrate landward in response to sea level rise.  USGS researchers — in collaboration with the Gulf…

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A new analysis and associated datasets are assisting with smart conservation planning and helping to achieve conservation on the ground.

Large river floodplains are an important integrating habitat critical to a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial species; however, the episodic and ephemeral nature of flooding makes assessment of these habitats difficult.  To address this problem, the Gulf Coastal Plains &…

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Announcing -- The LCC Network Conservation Science Plan!

I am very pleased to share with you the new LCC Network Conservation Science Plan. It has truly been a collaborative process to develop this science plan that identifies common science and technical priorities and practices that transcend individual LCC geographies in support of landscapes capable of sustaining natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.

The digital file of the Conservation Science Plan is available on our newly redesigned website at…

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The Council today met December 9, 2015 to approve funding for the first round of projects funded under Bucket 2 of the RESTORE Act.  Approximately $156 million will be invested in restoration projects that are designed to:

  • Restore valuable wetlands by backfilling 16.5 miles of abandoned oil and gas canals;
  • Conserve approximately 18,454 acres of high value coastal habitat;
  • Protect existing coastal ecosystems by plugging 11 abandoned oil and gas…
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to support conservation projects that enhance coastal habitats of the Gulf of Mexico and bolster priority fish and wildlife populations, while strengthening resilience within the coastal region. The Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program (GCCGP) supports priority conservation needs of the Gulf that are not otherwise expected to be funded under NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund or other funding opportunities…

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National Academy of Sciences Review of LCCs

December 2015

Last week, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS or Academy) released its long-awaited report on LCCs, A Review of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.  Okay, maybe it wasn’t so long-awaited, since the Academy actually turned out the report in a pretty timely fashion, but for those of us who have been involved in LCCs for the last 5 years, it…

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As part of the GCPO's process for developing a Conservation Blueprint, LCC staff will be hosting a series of workshops around the region.  These 1-day workshops will serve 2 main purposes.  First, they will give stakeholders a preview of the planning & design products being generated by the LCC to support the development of sustainable landscapes.  Second, they will give stakeholders the opportunity to give input on how to make the products more useful for supporting…

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Over the past few months the Adaptation Science Management Team, together with representatives from State Wildlife Action Plans, the Southeast Aquatic Resource Partnership, Bird Habitat Joint Ventures, the National Wildlife Refuge System, and others have been meeting to develop a Conservation Blueprint for the GCPO.  This effort has been applying the principles of Landscape Conservation Design to tie together information on where we are working and where we should be working in order to…

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Don't miss the opportunity to tour the new datasets on the Conservation Planning Atlas provided by the LCC's latest completed project:

Incorporating Future Change Into Current Conservation Planning: Evaluating Tidal Saline Wetland Migration Along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Coast Under Alternative Sea-Level Rise and Urbanization Scenarios

Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015

Time: 1-2PM (CENTRAL)

Link to Webinar Webex (for viewing the…

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We are pleased to announce that the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks and Gulf Coast Prairie LCC are coming together to host the first ever Joint GCP/GCPO LCC Geospatial Science Meeting January 19-20, 2016 in Jackson, MS.  This will be a fantastic opportunity for LCC partners working in the geospatial data community to gather in person, and we've got an agenda packed with…

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We recently published an article in Ecosphere on this topic. I've pasted the abstract and links below.

Osland, M.J., Day, R.H., From, A.S., McCoy, M.L., McLeod, J.L. & Kelleway, J.J. (2015) Life stage influences the resistance and resilience of black mangrove forests to winter climate extremes. Ecosphere, 6:art160

ABSTRACT:

"In subtropical coastal wetlands on multiple continents, climate change-induced reductions in the frequency and intensity of…

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We recently published an article in Global Change Biology on this topic. I've pasted the abstract below:

Osland, M.J., Enwright, N.M., Day, R.H., Gabler, C.A., Stagg, C.L. & Grace, J.B. (In press) Beyond just sea-level rise: considering macroclimatic drivers within coastal wetland vulnerability assessments to climate change. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.13084,

ABSTRACT

"Due to their position at the land-sea interface, coastal wetlands are…

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Across the northern Gulf of Mexico coast, natural resource managers are increasingly challenged to prepare for the effects of accelerated sea-level rise and rapid coastal development. With guidance from the four Gulf coast Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, we recently created some products that can be used to identify areas where coastal wetlands will migrate landward under alternative sea-level rise and urbanization scenarios. I've pasted links and a summary of the project below. Our…

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Toby Gray's dissertation is live!

My dissertation on the relationship between the Keetch-Byram Drought Index and wildfire size and frequency in selected natural areas of the US has passed the university's formatting review board and has been published online.

The research indicates that the Keech-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is not as strongly related to wildfire frequency in the Southeast as it is in…

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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released its Review of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives December 3, 2015; it concludes that a landscape approach is needed to meet the nation’s conservation challenges and that the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) provide a framework for addressing that need.

 

The Gulf Coastal Plains &…

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The request for proposals for FY2016 competitive State Wildlife Grants is out.  To download the application instructions go towww.grants.gov and search on F16AS00038.  There are several changes to the program this year.  There is no longer a SWAP enhancement subprogram, there is an emphasis on adaptive management and a preference will be given to projects that are part…

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LCC Network Science Plan Released

On Nov. 10, 2015 the Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network released its Conservation Science Plan.  The plan is organized around seven key themes: (1) Landscape Conservation Planning; (2) Landscape Conservation Design; (3) Climate Adaptation; (4) Data Management, Integration, and Sharing; (5) Socioeconomic and Cultural Values; (6) Science Communication and Delivery; and (7) Monitoring and…

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Florida is Teaming with Wildlife!

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative staff have been hard at work to grow Florida’s Teaming with Wildlife Coalition.  This coalition is part of a national effort that is instrumental in demonstrating the…

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