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Dead Zone Redemption

A great post from The Nature Conservancy's Bryan Piazza, director of freshwater and marine science for TNC's Louisiana program on working smart to address Gulf hypoxia.  Bryan cites Landscape Conservation Cooperatives as important partners to in scientific targeting to "align along our shared nutrient reduction goals to ensure that our collective efforts have maximum impact in the primary…

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Transitioning into 2017

A few weeks ago, the GCPO LCC staff gathered in Starkville, MS, for a 2-day staff retreat, where we started laying out our work plans and priorities for 2017. Our staff, because we work for multiple partner agencies and are physically located in offices across the LCC, get together frequently for staff conference calls, and we also come together a couple times a year for in-person staff retreats. We have found this to be an…

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Here’s the abstract and link to a new study that was recently published in Ecological Monographs.

Osland, M. J., L. C. Feher, K. T. Griffith, K. C. Cavanaugh, N. M. Enwright, R. H. Day, C. L. Stagg, K. W. Krauss, R. J. Howard, J. B. Grace, and K. Rogers. 2017. Climatic controls on the global distribution, abundance, and species richness of mangrove forests. Accepted to Ecological Monographs.…

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Coastal wetlands along the northern Gulf of Mexico are diverse. Salt marshes, mangrove forests, and salt flats are all different kinds of tidal saline wetland ecosystems that can be found in the region. In addition to supporting fish and wildlife, these coastal wetlands protect coastal communities, provide seafood, improve water quality, store carbon, and provide recreational opportunities.

Coastal ecologists have long known…

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Changes afoot for GCPO Geomatics Staff

Just shy of three years ago, I took a bold leap and joined the GCPO LCC team as Geomatics Coordinator.  I can now say without a doubt that it was one of the best decisions of my life.  When I first introduced myself as LCC staff I said “I believe whole-heartedly in the partnership-based vision necessary to address landscape-scale ecological sustainability.”  That sentiment is even stronger today as we’ve made such tremendous progress working toward the first LCC conservation…

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Post-doctoral Research Associate - Mississippi State University (MSU) is seeking a Post-doctoral Research Associate to be located at the Coastal Research and Extension Center (http://coastal.msstate.edu/) in Biloxi, MS along the beautiful coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Outstanding candidates with an excellent academic record and research interest/expertise in Structured Decision Making and Adaptive Resource Management, Avian Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, and/or…

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After one and a half years of meetings, conference calls, data calls, flow charts, number crunching, map prototypes, consultations, and revisions, version 1.0 of the GCPO LCC’s Conservation Blueprint is ready.  You can find all the data sets and documentation freely available in the Blueprint Gallery on the GCPO’s Conservation Planning…

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A Growing Plant Conservation Network in the Southeast

Two weeks ago I attended the Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation (SePPCon) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Held on the grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and organized by the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Center for Southeastern Conservation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, National Wildlife Refuge Association, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and…

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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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