Clear Ozarks streams, the mighty Mississippi and its bottomland forests, diverse open pine and grassland ecosystems, Gulf Coast tidal marshes and dunes
Why a Landscape Conservation Cooperative?
Conservation Science and Ecological Assessments
To achieve our ambitious mission of ensuring healthy ecosystems over the long-term, representatives from partner organizations are working collaboratively to identify knowledge gaps that hinder conservation and to develop the information and tools most needed to improve ecosystem and species management. These partners include:
- Federal resource agencies
- State wildlife and water agencies
- Private businesses dependent on healthy ecosystems
- Nonprofit groups, and universities
The initial product of this effort was the Integrated Science Agenda. This foundational document provided the first articulation of a shared vision and has been guiding efforts of the Cooperative since spring of 2013.
Through the Integrated Science Agenda, the LCC partnership identified nine priority ecosystem types within the GCPO region for which concerted conservation planning and action is needed. Further, the partnership developed a definition of the desired state of each system.
The first step on the road to sustainable systems has been to assess their current condition relative to the desired states defined in the Integrated Science Agenda. Below the GCPO LCC’s priority habitat systems are listed, with links to their Ecological Assessments.