Iconic Landscapes

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?

Without thoughtful planning, there’s no guarantee that our forests, rivers, grasslands, and coastal marshes will remain healthy and support abundant wildlife for future generations.  Without a landscape conservation approach, the decisions of many different actors - most of whom do not prioritize the needs of wildlife, wild rivers, and ecosystems - will dictate what happens on the land and in the water.  The “leftovers” will become all that remains of our natural systems. The Cooperative provides a forum for developing a shared vision of what we want for natural systems, and a mechanism for working together to achieve that vision.

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:

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.