Science support for Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

Science Center Objects

Conservation practitioners have begun to realize that the many of the land management challenges of the 21st century require a broad scale problem solving approach. Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) work to implement such an approach by serving as a venue for multiple conservation partners to work together (e.g. federal and state agencies), identify common problems and support the development of science to better inform land management decisions. NPWRC has been supporting LCC partnerships in their goal to facilitate more effective responses to broad scale conservation challenges since 2010. While we have worked with multiple LCCs, our work has mainly been focused on the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC. We have used decision analysis to structure and prioritize their science needs, conducted the research necessary to meet those needs and used cutting edge analytical tools to support LCC strategic planning efforts.