When it comes to habitat conservation and climate change planning in the Golden State, there's a bevy of agencies, universities and nonprofits trying to tackle similar questions from different angles.
But landscape change is what it is -- it's an issue that defies political and local boundaries and spans landscapes and ecosystems. So how can federal, state, local and private partners cooperate together to enhance their collective abilities to understand and manage the future of California's landscapes?
That is the goal of the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC), the latest addition to the National LCC program created by the U.S. Department of Interior. The CA LCC will host an open house on Friday, June 3rd at California State University, Sacramento, to showcase to the public its goals and its inaugural projects.
The public is invited. Please see Press Release for details.
The CA LCC is part of a newly established nation-wide network of 21 applied conservation science partnerships that bring together natural resource managers and scientists who focus on our changing environment at landscape scales. LCC partners so far include Ducks Unlimited, PRBO, Defenders of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, University of California, California Department of Water Resources, among others.
The USGS Western Ecological Research Center is a key partner of the CA LCC, and several WERC scientists have projects in conjunction with the program:
To learn more, visit the CA LCC homepage at http://www.CaliforniaLCC.org. And check out the following map to see the geographic responsibility of the CA LCC:
-- Ben Young Landis
Image Credits: USFWS/Department of Interior