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Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—A case study in partnership development

October 21, 2016

The Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) is a successful example of collaboration between science and natural resource management at the landscape scale. In southwestern Wyoming, expanding energy and mineral development, urban growth, and other changes in land use over recent decades, combined with landscape-scale drivers such as climate change and invasive species, have presented compelling challenges to resource managers and a diverse group of Federal, State, industry, and non-governmental organizations, as well as citizen stakeholders. To address these challenges, the WLCI was established as a collaborative forum and interagency partnership to develop and implement science-based conservation actions. About a decade after being established, this report documents the establishment and history of the WLCI, focusing on the path to success of the initiative and providing insights and details that may be useful in developing similar partnerships in other locations. Not merely retrospective, the elements of the WLCI that are presented herein are still in play, still evolving, and still contributing to the resolution of compelling conservation challenges in the Western United States.

The U.S. Geological Survey has developed many successful longstanding partnerships, of which the WLCI is one example.

“As the Nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers” (U.S. Geological Survey, 2016).

Publication Year 2016
Title Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—A case study in partnership development
DOI 10.3133/cir1423
Authors Frank D'Erchia
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 1423
Index ID cir1423
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Northwest Regional Director's Office