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Please use this space in the website to post any news or announcements from around the North Atlantic LCC. This includes, but is not limited to: Meetings, webinars, funding announcements, etc.

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Northeast aquatic habitat map now crosses Canadian border

Northeast aquatic habitat map now crosses Canadian border

A new seamless freshwater classification is available to help conservation partners on both sides of the border align efforts to protect freshwater ecosystems in the face of change.

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Are you planning for future seed needs?

Are you planning for future seed needs?

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank has developed a new survey of Native Plant and Seed Use in the Eastern United States to help them understand how best to support real-world needs of professionals in conservation and horticulture.

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How healthy are coastal habitats?

How healthy are coastal habitats?

A diverse team of experts recently completed the first landscape scale assessment of coastal habitats for the Long Island Sound Estuary.

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Partners in Maine search for cold water with shared regional database

Partners in Maine search for cold water with shared regional database

The LCC-supported SHEDS database is helping partners identify sweet spots for species like Atlantic salmon that depend on cold water and define Maine's natural heritage.

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For Regional Conservation Partnerships, Nature’s Network offers new perspective on familiar places

For Regional Conservation Partnerships, Nature’s Network offers new perspective on familiar places

At the annual Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs) Gathering hosted by the Highstead Foundation in Nashua, N.H., practitioners had the opportunity to learn how thinking big can support local conservation during a session on Nature’s Network, in which panelists shared examples of how different partners working at multiple scales are using regional data to refine strategic conservation planning.

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NPS seeks applicants for climate adaptation workshop series

NPS seeks applicants for climate adaptation workshop series

An upcoming workshop series offers opportunities for National Park Service managers and partners to effectively incorporate climate adaptation approaches into collaborative projects. Coordinated by NPS Coastal Landscape Adaptation Coordinator Amanda Babson, who is a member of the North Atlantic LCC Steering Committee, the Northeast Region Climate Adaptation and Communication Workshop Series is open to practitioners involved in natural and cultural resource conservation. The application deadline is December 7th.

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New tool will help conservation planners strategize around development risks

New tool will help conservation planners strategize around development risks

Developed by the Designing Sustainable Landscapes (DSL) project team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the new Sprawl model simulates development 70 years into the future for the Northeast region. Sprawl is just one component of the suite of models developed by DSL to assess ecological value across the region and predict how the landscape changes that have been incorporated into the Nature’s Network conservation design.

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New report provides regional perspective on the conservation status of plants

New report provides regional perspective on the conservation status of plants

In response to a need for better information about the location and status of rare and endemic plant species in the North Atlantic region, a team of botanists led by NatureServe conducted a broad-scale conservation assessment for vascular plants that occur from Virginia to Maritime Canada.

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Partners reach fish passage milestone ahead of schedule in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Partners reach fish passage milestone ahead of schedule in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Progress report shows 1,126 new miles of stream were opened to fish passage in the basin between 2012 and 2016, surpassing the 1,000-mile goal set by partners.

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In New York, priorities for public safety and conservation converge at road-stream crossings

In New York, priorities for public safety and conservation converge at road-stream crossings

Historic flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 demonstrated the need to update bridges and culverts in New York for public safety and aquatic passage. Now partners across the state are using resources from the North Atlantic LCC-supported North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative to find opportunities to work together on updating road-stream crossings for the benefit of people, fish, and wildlife.

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New study looks at ecological “tipping points” for coastal species to help manage for change

New study looks at ecological “tipping points” for coastal species to help manage for change

A new paper published by a team of scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ocean & Coastal Management synthesizes existing information on ecological thresholds related to environmental changes -- including sea-level rise and coastal storms -- for 45 species of coastal fish, wildlife, and plants selected because of their ecological, economic and cultural importance.

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NFWF announces more than $12.6 million in grants from Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund

NFWF announces more than $12.6 million in grants from Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund

Funding will support initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to improve water quality, storm-water infrastructure, and aquatic habitat, including a project using protocols developed by the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative.

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New conservation vision emphasizes vital roles for working lands and communities

New conservation vision emphasizes vital roles for working lands and communities

A report released by Harvard Forest and Highstead Foundation outlines a vision for conservation in New England that focuses on the interdependent role that forests, farms, and communities play in shaping the landscape.

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Maryland Trout Unlimited earns Gold Trout for conservation work in Chesapeake Bay watershed

Maryland Trout Unlimited earns Gold Trout for conservation work in Chesapeake Bay watershed

Trout Unlimited has given its highest honor to the Maryland Chapter in large part for its collaborative efforts to advance Eastern brook trout conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including by completing 50 road-stream crossing assessments in the Upper Gunpowder using regional protocols developed by the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC).

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Experts outline framework to monitor projects that use nature-based features

Experts outline framework to monitor projects that use nature-based features

Partners from Mid Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) and the National Wildlife Federation (NFW) have released a report that presents findings from experts in the field of Natural and Nature-Based Features who convened to develop a regionally standardized and coordinated approach to monitoring the performance of these projects after implementation.

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Nature’s Network helps open new doors to climate corridors in Maine

Nature’s Network helps open new doors to climate corridors in Maine

More than 50 conservation practitioners working in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and maritime Canada attended a training at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve to learn how landscape scale datasets can help them protect and connect sites that are most likely to support biodiversity in the face of climate change.

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New report will help towns prioritize road-stream crossing upgrades in coastal watershed

New report will help towns prioritize road-stream crossing upgrades in coastal watershed

Partners including Mass Audubon and the Taunton River Watershed Alliance have released a report detailing findings from more than 500 road-stream crossing surveys conducted using North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) data and protocols.

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New tool helps put potential black duck conservation projects in a row

New tool helps put potential black duck conservation projects in a row

Developed collaboratively by the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with support from the North Atlantic LCC, the Black Duck Decision Support Tool is helping conservation partners align opportunities and funding for conservation on private land with priority habitat for black duck.

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Partners identify resources for landowners in the path of marsh migration

Partners identify resources for landowners in the path of marsh migration

With support from Hurricane Sandy funding, Delaware is developing outreach strategies to help concentrate efforts and funding around hot spots for marsh migration to minimize impacts on coastal communities and agricultural producers.

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Partners launch ‘Nature’s Network’ to guide conservation from Maine to Virginia

Partners launch ‘Nature’s Network’ to guide conservation from Maine to Virginia

The North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) brought together partners from 13 states to develop a regional conservation design that can help communities work with nature to sustain wildlife and people throughout the Northeast.

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After years long "Envisioning" process, partners release comprehensive vision for Susquehanna River

After years long "Envisioning" process, partners release comprehensive vision for Susquehanna River

The Chesapeake Conservancy has released a vision document for conservation in the Susquehanna River watershed that synthesizes input from an in-depth community engagement campaign, identifies recommendations for addressing shared conservation priorities, and responds to a need for better data and tools.

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North Atlantic LCC Annual Report highlights conservation in action

North Atlantic LCC Annual Report highlights conservation in action

Our 2016 Annual Report highlights progress in priority areas identified by our partnership -- Aquatic Connectivity, Coastal and Community Resilience, At-Risk Species, Landscape Conservation Initiatives, and Science Delivery -- through stories showing how people are using data and tools to advance their work in conservation.

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Habitat inventories offer new perspective on North Carolina’s coast

Habitat inventories offer new perspective on North Carolina’s coast

A feature story in Coastal Review Online -- a news service covering the North Carolina coastline -- highlights a recently completed project to inventory modifications to beach and tidal inlet habitats from Maine to North Carolina that is providing new information to managers in the coastal zone.

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Maine leads effort to streamline aquatic conservation with regional database

Maine leads effort to streamline aquatic conservation with regional database

Shared database gives partners in Maine a central repository for stream temperature data and new opportunities to use that information to identify management and restoration priorities.

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SWAP coordinators share updates from plans and ideas for collaborating

SWAP coordinators share updates from plans and ideas for collaborating

During a three-day meeting in Amherst, Mass., State Wildlife Action Plan coordinators from 12 states looked for new opportunities to work together with plans better designed to foster regional collaboration.

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Kestrel Land Trust acquires 160 acres of "core area" in Massachusetts

Kestrel Land Trust acquires 160 acres of "core area" in Massachusetts

The new Buffam Woods Community Forest in Pelham, Mass., falls within the network of conservation priorities identified by the Connect the Connecticut landscape conservation design project.

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Climate data expands conservation horizons for Maine partnership

Climate data expands conservation horizons for Maine partnership

With support from the Open Space Institute, a partnership of eight land trusts in Maine is building stronger relationships with its neighbors based on a foundation of the best data in the region.

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Looking at wetland restoration through the lens of resilience

Looking at wetland restoration through the lens of resilience

A new report released by partners at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean and the Environmental Law Institute catalogs best practices for identifying and prioritizing wetland restoration efforts to optimize community risk reduction and resilience in the face of climate change.

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Bay Barometer shows measured progress in the Chesapeake

Bay Barometer shows measured progress in the Chesapeake

The Chesapeake Bay Program has released the latest report on ecosystem health and restoration in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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Town uses Connect the Connecticut to show regional significance of local aquatic resources

Town uses Connect the Connecticut to show regional significance of local aquatic resources

The landscape conservation design for the Connecticut River watershed is helping bring attention to headwater habitat in Palmer, Massachusetts.

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New resource empowers communities in New York to protect natural assets

New resource empowers communities in New York to protect natural assets

The Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program has developed a new gallery on Data Basin that provides access to the best available information in the region on locally occurring natural resources in the Empire State.

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Meet the new Coastal Resilience Coordinator

Meet the new Coastal Resilience Coordinator

Coastal geologist Bart Wilson comes to the North Atlantic LCC fresh off the experience of managing the restoration of a 4,000-acre salt marsh at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware with funding from Hurricane Sandy.

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Gathering provides rallying cry for collaborative conservation, and a showcase for tools that can support a shared vision

Gathering provides rallying cry for collaborative conservation, and a showcase for tools that can support a shared vision

The annual Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCP) Gathering brought diverse conservation practitioners together to learn, share, and be inspired. Keynote speaker Chief Jason Weller of the Natural Resources Conservation Service praised attendees for their leadership in collaborative conservation.

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Canadian partners make headway on classification system to guide freshwater conservation

Canadian partners make headway on classification system to guide freshwater conservation

A project to extend the Northeast aquatic habitat map across the Canadian border is fostering momentum for freshwater conservation among stakeholders working at different scales toward shared goals.

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Research on iPlover published in PLOS ONE

Research on iPlover published in PLOS ONE

Paper describes the testing, application, and efficacy of a smartphone application designed to collect data on piping plover habitat to feed into predictive models.

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NPS releases Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook

NPS releases Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook

A new National Park Service report co-edited by North Atlantic LCC Steering Committee member Amanda Babson summarizes the current state of climate adaptation in national parks, and identifies resources and approaches to help plan for and adapt to climate change in coastal areas.

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Staying Connected Initiative featured on public radio

Staying Connected Initiative featured on public radio

Vermont Public Radio highlights partnership effort to determine how wildlife interact with roads and other forms of development, and to preserve the most important linkages between key habitat areas.

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Partnerships of scale: Symposium highlights need for collaboration in landscape conservation

Partnerships of scale: Symposium highlights need for collaboration in landscape conservation

Regional, national, and international thought leaders and practitioners discussed "scaling up in conservation" in concept, and in practice, during a day-long symposium, in which Steering Committee member Amanda Babson shared how the North Atlantic LCC supports collaborative conservation.

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Steering Committee looks ahead through lens of regional design

Steering Committee looks ahead through lens of regional design

At the fall meeting in Lakeville, Conn., Steering Committee members were introduced to the first version of a regional landscape conservation design, and discussed next steps for putting the products into the hands of people in their organizations who can use them.

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Connect the Connecticut makes the case for conservation in Eightmile River watershed

Connect the Connecticut makes the case for conservation in Eightmile River watershed

Audubon Connecticut used data from the landscape conservation design to help justify funding a project as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ In Lieu Fee program, established to support mitigation projects in the state to enhance and preserve aquatic habitats.

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New resource helps communities harness climate data for planning

New resource helps communities harness climate data for planning

The Open Space Institute's "Conserving Nature in a Changing Climate" guide puts climate science in the hands of small groups who can have a big conservation impact. Read about a pioneering conservation partnership that is already using climate science to inform long-term planning in Massachusetts.

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RCOA team wraps up review process for Version 1.0 of regional conservation design

RCOA team wraps up review process for Version 1.0 of regional conservation design

Following a months-long review process for Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas Version 1.0 -- including a webinar series to introduce test users to the first iteration of data and tool, and several briefings for partners -- the North Atlantic LCC is taking next steps to put the Northeast region landscape conservation design in the hands of practitioners.

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Meet Acting North Atlantic LCC Coordinator Mike Slattery

Meet Acting North Atlantic LCC Coordinator Mike Slattery

With the departure of Andrew Milliken for a new position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lake Champlain Fisheries Resource Office, the Service's Chesapeake Bay Coordinator Mike Slattery has agreed to step in as Acting LCC Coordinator until the position is filled permanently. Mike’s role as a “conservation connector” in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will serve the LCC team well in a time of transition.

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New tool addresses a big obstacle for overcoming aquatic barriers: Knowing where to start

New tool addresses a big obstacle for overcoming aquatic barriers: Knowing where to start

A new decision-support tool developed by The Nature Conservancy offers a comprehensive view of aquatic barriers across the Northeast region, and an ecological basis for prioritizing which ones to target first for the greatest conservation benefit.

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Wildlife Management Institute highlights progress made in aquatic connectivity thanks to NAACC

Wildlife Management Institute highlights progress made in aquatic connectivity thanks to NAACC

In a little more than a year, the North Atlantic LCC-supported North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) is helping partners across the region make significant headway in addressing barriers for aquatic organisms.

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White House recognizes FWS's Rick Bennett for climate leadership

White House recognizes FWS's Rick Bennett for climate leadership

The Northeast Region's regional scientist was named the 2016 GreenGov Presidential Awards Climate Champion for his leadership of the Department of the Interior’s Hurricane Sandy Response Team.

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Vermont announces regional commitment to conserve forests across borders in face of climate change

Vermont announces regional commitment to conserve forests across borders in face of climate change

A new resolution to conserve major multi-state and provincial forests and waterways points to existing partnerships like the North Atlantic LCC that sustain intact, connected natural landscapes in the region.

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Comings, goings, and new beginnings for North Atlantic LCC staff

In addition to the departure of LCC Coordinator Andrew Milliken, we would like to acknowledge a number of other big transitions for the people who make up the LCC team, including Coastal Resilience Coordinator Megan Tyrrell’s acceptance of a new position with Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve starting in mid-October.

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George Wright Forum highlights LCCs

George Wright Forum highlights LCCs

A special edition of the journal of the George Wright Society features on article on Landscape Conservation Cooperatives co-authored by North Atlantic LCC Steering Committee member Amanda Babson.

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North Atlantic LCC Coordinator Andrew Milliken says farewell

North Atlantic LCC Coordinator Andrew Milliken says farewell

As he prepares to transition to a new position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office and Western New England Complex in October, Andrew Milliken reflects on milestones in his journey as the coordinator of the North Atlantic LCC.

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Three Hurricane Sandy-funded tools added to U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Three Hurricane Sandy-funded tools added to U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Resources developed with support from the North Atlantic LCC to help increase aquatic connectivity and coastal resilience are now featured in a national clearinghouse for scientific information developed to support climate resilience.

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Partners meet to review initial products from effort to identify conservation priorities across the Northeast

Partners meet to review initial products from effort to identify conservation priorities across the Northeast

During a three-day workshop at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, representatives from 10 states met to review the first versions of products from the Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas (RCOAs) project in advance of sharing them with target users for testing and refinement.

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Connect the Connecticut provides guidance for sound investments to protect Long Island Sound

Connect the Connecticut provides guidance for sound investments to protect Long Island Sound

Information from the landscape conservation design for the Connecticut River watershed is being used to identify candidate projects for a grant program focused on reducing runoff into Long Island Sound by protecting private forestlands threatened by development.

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North Atlantic LCC seeks GIS contractor

North Atlantic LCC seeks GIS contractor

The GIS technician will fill a three-month contract position helping to maintain, update, and provide technical support for spatial data.

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FWS Director Dan Ashe presents award to Connect the Connecticut leadership team

FWS Director Dan Ashe presents award to Connect the Connecticut leadership team

At an annual appreciation ceremony for employees in the Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff members who were instrumental in leading the Connect the Connecticut landscape conservation design project received an award for their collective role in fostering a strong partnership.

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MARCO and NWF collaborate to remove barriers for practitioners in the field of coastal resilience

MARCO and NWF collaborate to remove barriers for practitioners in the field of coastal resilience

Partners are working to support the use of natural and nature-based features (NNBF) to enhance coastal resilience with funding from a Hurricane Sandy grant facilitated by the North Atlantic LCC.

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LCC Network convenes to address National Academy of Sciences recommendations

More than 60 LCC staff members and partners from across the continent met in St. Louis to discuss next steps in response to recommendations outline by the National Academy of Sciences in a 2015 report.

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NOAA Fisheries calls for input on draft Northeast Climate Science Regional Action Plan

NOAA Fisheries calls for input on draft Northeast Climate Science Regional Action Plan

North Atlantic LCC partners are encouraged to share input on the draft plan and identify opportunities to collaborate in its implementation over the next five years.

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Mass Live calls Connect the Connecticut "major conservation vision"

Mass Live calls Connect the Connecticut "major conservation vision"

The No. 1 news source for Western Massachusetts highlights the North Atlantic LCC's role in the innovative effort to use large datasets to inform collaborative conservation in the face of change.

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Science delivery heats up as summer approaches

Science delivery heats up as summer approaches

The North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative closed out the month of May with a series of discussions and training in Maine, New Hampshire, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. designed to share practical information and tools with diverse conservation partners working at multiple scales.

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Mid-Atlantic states work towards regional approach for prioritizing vulnerable wetlands

Mid-Atlantic states work towards regional approach for prioritizing vulnerable wetlands

The North Atlantic LCC is facilitating a project to develop a regional framework for identifying wetland restoration priorities that reflect climate-change risks such as sea-level rise.

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Partners launch science-based blueprint for conserving New England’s largest river system

Partners launch science-based blueprint for conserving New England’s largest river system

Based on the best available science from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, the Connect the Connecticut landscape conservation design offers a shared roadmap for protecting the places we can't afford to lose in the Connecticut River watershed.

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Translating science into a sustainable future for the Great Marsh

Translating science into a sustainable future for the Great Marsh

During an April workshop at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Mass., scientists and stakeholders met to start an important conversation about using the best available science to inform decisions that will affect a 20,000-acre tidal marsh threatened by climate change.

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Momentum builds for science delivery at spring Steering Committee meeting

Momentum builds for science delivery at spring Steering Committee meeting

After the conclusion of the annual Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies conference, which featured several presentations by North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) staff and partners on new tools developed in response to regional conservation needs, the Steering Committee reviewed progress on getting these tools into the hands of practitioners on the ground.

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Hampshire Gazette goes behind the scenes of Connect the Connecticut

Hampshire Gazette goes behind the scenes of Connect the Connecticut

The daily newspaper serving Hampshire and Franklin counties in Massachusetts featured the Connect the Connecticut project in its special environmental section.

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North Atlantic LCC 2015 Annual Report

North Atlantic LCC 2015 Annual Report

In 2015, the LCC redoubled efforts to deliver science to decision makers. Our annual report highlights how this information is being used to address conservation needs across the region in the words of partners.

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Putting science to work for refuge planning

Putting science to work for refuge planning

During a National Wildlife Refuge biological workshop at the National Conservation Training Center, staff from the North Atlantic LCC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service introduced refuge biologists to scientific tools that offer regional perspective on habitat management and planning.

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North Atlantic LCC staff and partners to present new research and tools at NEAFWA conference

North Atlantic LCC staff and partners to present new research and tools at NEAFWA conference

The annual Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Conference in Annapolis, Md., will feature several presentations by North Atlantic LCC staff and partners, including a hands-on workshop designed to introduce biological and GIS staff from state agencies to new information and tools.

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Up to 70 percent of Northeast coast has natural capacity to adapt to sea-level rise

Up to 70 percent of Northeast coast has natural capacity to adapt to sea-level rise

A new model developed by the US Geological Survey captures the potential for the Northeast coastline to change in response to sea-level rise, rather than simply be submerged.

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What lies beneath lakes and ponds

What lies beneath lakes and ponds

The Nature Conservancy's new Northeast Lakes and Ponds Classification System will enable more effective conservation of aquatic ecosystems in the region.

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New tool directs more effective actions to restore aquatic habitat

New tool directs more effective actions to restore aquatic habitat

A new online tool will help resource managers identify fish habitat conservation projects that offer the greatest long-term conservation benefit in the face of threats from climate change and development.

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New permanent database will guide conservation of temporary wetlands

New permanent database will guide conservation of temporary wetlands

It's hard to protect a wetland you can't find. A new online database containing nearly 60,000 vernal pool locations in eight states and two Canadian provinces is now available to support conservation of vernal pool habitat.

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Workshop connects partners to connect aquatic systems across two LCC regions

Workshop connects partners to connect aquatic systems across two LCC regions

The North Atlantic and Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCCs are helping transportation and natural resource professionals work together to improve human safety and wildlife habitat by thinking strategically about upgrades to road/stream crossings.

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National FWS blog shares story of Connect the Connecticut

National FWS blog shares story of Connect the Connecticut

The North Atlantic LCC supported landscape conservation design project was highlighted in Open Spaces, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services blog.

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FWS News highlights Connect the Connecticut effort

FWS News highlights Connect the Connecticut effort

The winter issue of FWS News highlights the innovative LCC-supported landscape conservation design project among efforts that embody the Service's vision for Strategic Habitat Conservation.

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Collaborative makes headway in addressing aquatic connectivity regionally, and beyond

Collaborative makes headway in addressing aquatic connectivity regionally, and beyond

Launched in June, the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative is already helping strengthen efforts to restore aquatic connectivity across the region by supporting a network of partners with shared resources.

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Steering Committee looks to next steps for science delivery and conservation design

During the fall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., members and partners of the North Atlantic LCC Steering Committee discussed strategic direction on several key fronts, including conservation design and science delivery.

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In a time of accelerated change, the North Atlantic LCC helps partners keep pace with new conservation challenges

In a time of accelerated change, the North Atlantic LCC helps partners keep pace with new conservation challenges

Learn how the North Atlantic LCC is responding to specific threats that climate change poses for natural resources in our region.

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Partners share updates from studies investigating urgent threats that sea level rise poses to coastal marshes

Partners share updates from studies investigating urgent threats that sea level rise poses to coastal marshes

At the second annual Tidal Marsh Resilience Workshop, partners investigating impacts to coastal systems in the wake of Hurricane Sandy met to share findings, and align efforts to deliver results to coastal decision makers.

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Landscape conservation design projects advance goals outlined in national strategy for climate adaptation

Landscape conservation design projects advance goals outlined in national strategy for climate adaptation

The innovative landscape conservation efforts supported by the North Atlantic LCC are using the best available science to identify ecologically connected networks of resilient lands and waters, an approach recommended in the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy.

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Research findings inform decision-support tools to help brook trout stay cool in the face of warming climate

Research findings inform decision-support tools to help brook trout stay cool in the face of warming climate

Which headwater streams can continue to meet the needs of Eastern brook trout in the context of climate change? A new model will help decision makers identify prime habitat for cold-water dependent species based on predictions about climate change.

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A new map will give stakeholders in aquatic conservation insight on climate change by extending their view upstream

A new map will give stakeholders in aquatic conservation insight on climate change by extending their view upstream

The extension of the Northeast aquatic habitat map into Canada will help conservation partners on both sides of the border align efforts to protect freshwater ecosystems more effectively in the face of climate change.

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For EPA's Anne Kuhn, the LCC helps connect the dots for big-picture conservation

For EPA's Anne Kuhn, the LCC helps connect the dots for big-picture conservation

EPA scientist Anne Kuhn says the North Atlantic LCC is “a real solution” for agencies and organization working to address large-scale conservation challenges that demand cooperation, especially in the context of climate change.

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Letter from Paris: Emily Powell sees hope for conservation at COP 21

Letter from Paris: Emily Powell sees hope for conservation at COP 21

For Coastal Resilience Research Associate Emily Powell, attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris provided an opportunity to learn about what a new international agreement might mean for vulnerable communities and ecosystems back home.

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National Academy of Sciences Releases Review of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

National Academy of Sciences Releases Review of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) releases its review of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, which concludes that a landscape approach is needed to meet the nation’s conservation challenges and that the LCCs provide a framework for addressing that need.

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Massachusetts launches Wildlife Climate Action Tool

Massachusetts launches Wildlife Climate Action Tool

State, federal, and university partners have collaborated on new tool designed to empower stakeholders with the best available information on the vulnerability of natural resources to climate change, including science sponsored by the North Atlantic and Appalachian LCCs.

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Vernal pool cooperative highlighted in Vermont Center for Ecostudies newsletter

Vernal pool cooperative highlighted in Vermont Center for Ecostudies newsletter

A North Atlantic LCC funded project to provide a secure database of vernal pool locations will help align efforts to protect seasonal wetlands across the region.

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Study investigates interbreeding among threatened coastal birds

Study investigates interbreeding among threatened coastal birds

Researchers from the North Atlantic LCC funded Salt Marsh Habitat & Avian Research Program have published a study on hybridization among coastal birds that are considered high priorities for conservation.

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New England Cottontail spared from Endangered Species List thanks to science-based collaboration

New England Cottontail spared from Endangered Species List thanks to science-based collaboration

LCC Science Delivery Coordinator Steve Fuller had a key role in the development of a coordinated science-based conservation strategy that has made it possible to keep New England Cottontail from needing protection under the Endangered Species Act, and serves as a model for protecting other species on the brink.

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Northeast terrestrial habitat map crosses Canadian border

Northeast terrestrial habitat map crosses Canadian border

Covering 13 US states and 4 Canadian provinces, the new interactive map provides a comprehensive picture of forested, agricultural, and wetland systems across the Northeast region.

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Finding sweet spots for brook trout in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Finding sweet spots for brook trout in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

A new decision support tool will help practitioners identify ground-level restoration projects that will have positive ripple effects for brook trout populations across the entire watershed.

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The LCC at work in the field, and field offices

The LCC at work in the field, and field offices

North Atlantic LCC Coordinator Andrew Milliken shares how LCC tools supported conservation practitioners in the field this summer.

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Appalachian LCC moves to the head of the class in climate education

Appalachian LCC moves to the head of the class in climate education

LCC Coordinator and Senior Scientist Dr. Jean Brennan was invited to speak at an inaugural Educator Climate and Conservation Colloquium (or EC3) bringing together 50 teachers and school decision makers from across the nation to receive training on campus sustainability and wildlife conservation.

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Meet the new Coastal Resilience Research Associate

Meet the new Coastal Resilience Research Associate

Climate scientist Emily Powell sees an opportunity to combine her expertise and her dedication to sharing information in a new role working with coastal LCCs on resilience issues: “I wanted to get back to the space between research, science, and communications, working as a liaison between data, tools, and the people who need them."

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States join forces to (flow) chart a course for regional conservation

States join forces to (flow) chart a course for regional conservation

The team of partners involved in the Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas (RCOAs) effort convened this summer to outline the best approach for developing a landscape conservation design for the Northeast that reflects shared conservation priorities across the region.

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How do you address threats to salt marsh birds across an entire region? Think big

How do you address threats to salt marsh birds across an entire region? Think big

The Salt Marsh Habitat Avian Research Program, a monumental collaborative effort to assess risks and set response priorities for tidal-marsh dependent bird species from Virginia to maritime Canada, wraps up its fifth field season this summer.

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North Atlantic LCC seeks proposals for priority science needs funding

North Atlantic LCC seeks proposals for priority science needs funding

The deadline is September 18th to apply for funding from the North Atlantic LCC's Priority Science Program to address landscape-scale conservation issues.

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LCC Network releases updated interactive LCC map

LCC Network releases updated interactive LCC map

The revised map more accurately depicts the geographies of the 22 LCCs across the continent, including the North Atlantic LCC.

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FWS News highlights Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas project

FWS News highlights Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas project

A special feature on Conserving Amphibians highlights a North Atlantic LCC funded project to identify areas that can best sustain threatened species into the future.

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New predictive models helping to secure a future for piping plover

New predictive models helping to secure a future for piping plover

With support from the North Atlantic LCC, Virginia Tech student Katherina D. Gieder is investigating the impacts of changes to piping plover habitat that will result from sea-level rise and beach management efforts.

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North Atlantic/Gulf Coast LCC Coastal Resilience Research Associate Hired

North Atlantic/Gulf Coast LCC Coastal Resilience Research Associate, Emily Powell, Ph.D., will begin her position in mid-August. She will be seated in the SE Climate Science Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. See the coastal resiliency workspace for more information on her project.

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Guide offers resources for states to integrate climate science into SWAP updates

Guide offers resources for states to integrate climate science into SWAP updates

A new report from The Northeast Climate Science Center outlines numerous processes, tools, and potential partnerships that can help state natural resource managers integrate climate science into the 10-year updates of wildlife actions plans, and includes several projects supported by the North Atlantic LCC.

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iPlover featured in DOI's Newswave

iPlover featured in DOI's Newswave

A special edition of the Department of the Interior's quarterly newsletter on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes activities highlights the work of LCCs, including the North Atlantic LCC-supported iPlover smartphone app.

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Network funding awarded to projects that support integration among multiple LCCs

Network funding awarded to projects that support integration among multiple LCCs

A pair of LCC Network projects will provide adaptive science capacity for activities that both support and advance collaborative efforts among LCCs and existing partnerships.

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Study on Climate Change and Contaminants featured on Cape & Islands NPR

Study on Climate Change and Contaminants featured on Cape & Islands NPR

The lead author of a North Atlantic LCC-funded study discusses how climate change is interacting with environmental pollutants on WCAI's "Living Lab" with Heather Goldstone.

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iPlover app makes headlines in Greenwire, Cape Cod Times

iPlover app makes headlines in Greenwire, Cape Cod Times

A new smartphone application developed by U.S. Geological Survey for shorebird scientists is gaining attention as an innovative way to harness ecological data across the region.

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Aerial pictures tell a thousand words about potential impacts from sea level rise

Aerial pictures tell a thousand words about potential impacts from sea level rise

New report inventories the location, status, and condition of potential piping plover breeding grounds before Hurricane Sandy, providing a habitat baseline that will help resource managers anticipate future change.

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Tools developed by neighboring LCCs expand conservation possibilities in the Northeast region

Tools developed by neighboring LCCs expand conservation possibilities in the Northeast region

As LCCs increasingly collaborate to develop resources across boundaries, practitioners will benefit from tools that encompass broad geographic ranges. See a snapshot of three tools developed by the neighboring Appalachian and South Atlantic LCCs that can be used for action on the ground in the North Atlantic region.

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Regional landscape conservation design efforts take key next steps forward

Regional landscape conservation design efforts take key next steps forward

As partners in the Connecticut River Watershed Landscape Conservation Design Pilot test the final design product, representatives from the Northeast states begin the process of identifying Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas.

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Collaborative unites partners to address aquatic connectivity across the Northeast

Collaborative unites partners to address aquatic connectivity across the Northeast

Launched in June, the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative is already helping strengthen efforts to restore aquatic connectivity across the region by supporting a network of partners with shared resources.

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Conservation Planning Atlas serves as hub for regional conservation tools

Conservation Planning Atlas serves as hub for regional conservation tools

As both a clearinghouse for data from LCC projects and a complement to other conservation resources, the North Atlantic LCC's online data portal has evolved to become a hub for regional conservation tools.

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NOAA's Ellen Mecray sees room for more at LCC table

NOAA's Ellen Mecray sees room for more at LCC table

The Eastern Regional Climate Services Director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration values the LCC for bringing regional fish and wildlife managers together in the same room, and hopes to see partners from others sectors invited to join the conversation.

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Shorebird science? There's an app for that

Shorebird science? There's an app for that

A new smartphone application developed by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the LCC-facilitated beach resiliency projects is helping to coordinate data collection to better understand threats to piping plover and other beach-dependent species.

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Community shapes conservation vision for the Susquehanna River

Community shapes conservation vision for the Susquehanna River

By considering social and ecological data in a new regional planning effort, the Chesapeake Conservancy is strengthening the long-term conservation outlook for the Susquehanna River watershed.

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Conservation Across Boundaries—An LCC Council Member's Perspective

Conservation Across Boundaries—An LCC Council Member's Perspective

The Trust for Public Land's Climate Program Director Jad Daley says the North Atlantic LCC is leading by example in the LCC Network.

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FWS invites proposals for White-Nose Syndrome small grants program

FWS invites proposals for White-Nose Syndrome small grants program

The deadline is June 13th to apply for funding from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to address research and communications needs for White-Nose Syndrome (WNS).

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MARCO seeks proposals to advance priorities for climate change adaptation

MARCO seeks proposals to advance priorities for climate change adaptation

The deadline is June 12th to apply for funding from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) for projects that support advancement of shared Mid-Atlantic state priorities for climate change adaptation.

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USGS releases iPlover app for shorebird biologists

USGS releases iPlover app for shorebird biologists

A new smartphone application funded by the North Atlantic LCC will help coordinate data collection and improve management of piping plover throughout its Atlantic range.

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North Atlantic LCC 2014 Annual Report

North Atlantic LCC 2014 Annual Report

This report reviews the progress and accomplishments of the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) in 2014 and identifies major goals for 2015.

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North Atlantic LCC Science Delivery grantee featured in U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

North Atlantic LCC Science Delivery grantee featured in U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

A case study showcasing the Open Space Institute's project to empower conservation partnerships with access to climate data is featured in a national collection of resources for understanding and addressing climate issues that impact people and their communities.

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Northeast Climate Science Center highlights Designing Sustainable Landscapes project

Northeast Climate Science Center highlights Designing Sustainable Landscapes project

The North Atlantic LCC's collaborative effort to identify priority conservation lands in the face of climate change is the subject of feature story.

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Wildlife Conservation Society invites proposals for Climate Adaptation Fund

Wildlife Conservation Society invites proposals for Climate Adaptation Fund

The deadline is April 15th to apply for funding to support innovative approaches to helping species and associated ecosystems adapt to changing climate conditions on the ground.

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New Study Looks at Future of Appalachian Energy Development

New Study Looks at Future of Appalachian Energy Development

Report and online mapping tool developed by the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative and The Nature Conservancy informs planning that helps protect natural resources while meeting domestic energy needs.

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USGS releases tools to inform coastal response to sea level rise

USGS releases tools to inform coastal response to sea level rise

Several new products related to landscape change, decision-support and structured decision making are now publicly available through the U.S. Geological Survey website.

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Large Landscape Conservation network releases workshop report

Large Landscape Conservation network releases workshop report

In a compelling summary of the first major conference on large landscape conservation in North America, the Large Landscape Conservation Practitioners' Network reflects on successes, objectives, and next steps to advance the frontiers of the field.

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The Nature Conservancy completes comprehensive assessment of coastal salt marsh advancement in Connecticut

The Nature Conservancy completes comprehensive assessment of coastal salt marsh advancement in Connecticut

With the completion of a Salt Marsh Advancement Zone Assessment for all 24 coastal municipalities, Connecticut is now the first state in the nation to have comprehensive, detailed, parcel-scale information to inform land-use and policy decisions in the face of climate change.

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Staying the course

Staying the course

In the New Year, the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative reflects on progress in developing science and tools to meet regional conservation goals, and looks ahead to the critical next step: Delivering the science to partners who can use it.

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Permanent database grows for temporary wetlands

Permanent database grows for temporary wetlands

The Vernal Pool Data Cooperative has constructed a secure spatial database to store vernal pool locations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Now in order to ensure that the database serves as a comprehensive resource, the team is calling for data submissions from cooperators across the region.

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Workshop offers perspective on Hurricane Sandy marsh resiliency projects at multiple scales

Workshop offers perspective on Hurricane Sandy marsh resiliency projects at multiple scales

At the end of the first year of Hurricane Sandy tidal marsh resiliency science projects, grantees met to exchange information and align efforts toward common goals for the next two years.

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Meet the new Coastal Resilience Coordinator

Meet the new Coastal Resilience Coordinator

After six years spent managing a long-term ecosystem monitoring program for a 44,000-acre landscape along the Atlantic coast, Megan Tyrrell is well equipped for her new role with the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

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Long Island Sound partners awarded grant to promote sustainable practices in agriculture and use LCC tools to prioritize actions

Long Island Sound partners awarded grant to promote sustainable practices in agriculture and use LCC tools to prioritize actions

With funding from a U.S. Department of Agriculture program, a project will use North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) tools to prioritize conservation actions related to agriculture.

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Regional partnership gathering paves way for collaborative opportunities

Regional partnership gathering paves way for collaborative opportunities

A bigger vision, a more diverse audience, a network-based approach to conservation. Just a few of the priorities that emerged during the Regional Conservation Partnerships Network Gathering in November, where North Atlantic LCC staff and partners offered insight on how to move forward on all fronts.

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For Kevin Kalasz, the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative puts Delaware’s coastal issues in perspective

For Kevin Kalasz, the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative puts Delaware’s coastal issues in perspective

Delaware’s Biodiversity Program Manager says the North Atlantic LCC provides regional perspective on one of the largest conservation priorities in his coastal state: sea level rise. “It’s been a great opportunity to really work on coastal conservation, understand the impacts of sea level rise in the region, and see how it all fits together.”

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Interior Secretary highlights LCCs in keynote to Large Landscape Conservation network

Interior Secretary highlights LCCs in keynote to Large Landscape Conservation network

At the National Workshop for Large Landscape Conservation, where North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative staff and partners showcased research and tools, Interior Secretary Jewell praised the role of LCCs in the “epic collaboration” needed for large landscape conservation.

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Improving road-stream crossings for people and wildlife in wake of devastating storms

Improving road-stream crossings for people and wildlife in wake of devastating storms

Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy had severe impacts across the Northeast, underscoring the need for a strategic approach to shore up road-stream crossings in anticipation of future floods, and to increase passage of fish and wildlife.

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Northeast Regional Conservation Needs Grant Program invites proposals

Northeast Regional Conservation Needs Grant Program invites proposals

The deadline is March 1st to apply for funding under a program supporting landscape-scale regional wildlife conservation issues.

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Study examines how climate change impacts contaminants and excess nutrients in the environment

Study examines how climate change impacts contaminants and excess nutrients in the environment

Rising temperatures, more intense storms, droughts, and sea level rise are changing the way contaminants and nutrients interact with the environment, and this may have serious consequences for ecosystems and organisms. How serious? In the Northeast, where some climate change predictions are worse than global averages, the severity is still largely unknown.

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Project to showcase scenario planning for climate change, boreal forest and moose

Project to showcase scenario planning for climate change, boreal forest and moose

The first phase of a scenario-planning project for wildlife management in Northeast boreal forests is underway, and includes the launch a monthly newsletter.

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North Atlantic LCC-funded research featured in story on CT wildlife

North Atlantic LCC-funded research featured in story on CT wildlife

A feature article focusing on updates to Connecticut's Wildlife Action Plan spotlights brook-trout modeling work by Ben Letcher at USGS.

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Workshop explores climate change scenarios in the Adirondacks

Workshop explores climate change scenarios in the Adirondacks

A summary report from a two-day scenario development workshop in the Adirondacks explores the regional response to the threat of disruptive climate change.

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North Atlantic LCC funds new coastal resiliency tools

North Atlantic LCC funds new coastal resiliency tools

With support from the NALCC, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) will deliver decision-making tools to help coastal communities prepare for future storms.

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Steering Committee strategizes for putting LCC science in hands of practitioners

Steering Committee strategizes for putting LCC science in hands of practitioners

Four years after their first meeting, members and partners of the North Atlantic LCC met to review progress, and discuss next steps for conservation design, science delivery and communications.

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Momentum for collaborative conservation grows at gathering of regional conservation partnerships

Momentum for collaborative conservation grows at gathering of regional conservation partnerships

During an annual gathering of agencies, non-profits, land trusts and organizations involved in regional conservation, North Atlantic LCC staff and partners showcased projects that have fostered collaboration around shared conservation goals.

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NALCC-supported research published in Journal of Animal Ecology

NALCC-supported research published in Journal of Animal Ecology

How do changes in stream flow and temperature affect brook trout populations? Researchers addressed this question to get at a major challenge for ecologists: modeling how populations respond to environmental change.

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Adding depth to aquatic data in the Northeast Region

Adding depth to aquatic data in the Northeast Region

By providing a standard mapping classification for lakes and ponds, the Nature Conservancy's Northeast Lakes and Ponds Classification System will help ensure more effective conservation of aquatic ecosystems in the region.

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As innovative landscape design takes shape, partners focus on next steps

As innovative landscape design takes shape, partners focus on next steps

Partners in the Connecticut River Watershed Landscape Conservation Design Pilot are thinking big picture even as they make detailed decisions about species and habitat goals for the watershed.

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Learn to use maps for strategic conservation

Learn to use maps for strategic conservation

How can the mapping platform Data Basin help you make more informed conservation decisions? The webinar series offered by the Conservation Biology Institute provides practical insight on using this platform for planning and analysis. Here are some upcoming offerings:

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Sizing up conservation planning

Through an integrated program of information management, science delivery, and collaborative design, the North Atlantic LCC is supporting conservation actions at multiple scales across the region.

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Connecticut River Watershed Pilot begins to visualize actions

Connecticut River Watershed Pilot begins to visualize actions

Featuring more than 100 data sets representing a suite of habitats, species, ecological processes, and environmental conditions across the Northeast, the North Atlantic LCC's Conservation Planning Atlas offers an invaluable conservation resource for regional partners. Now the Connecticut River Watershed Pilot's Core Team is putting this tool to use by creating and comparing maps to inform the project's Landscape Conservation Design process.

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Looking for common language to integrate marine habitat data

Looking for common language to integrate marine habitat data

The final report and maps are available for a North Atlantic LCC funded project that tested how a national framework for classifying estuarine and marine environments holds up at multiple scales, addressing the need for consistent data to inform marine conservation in the Northeast.

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Regional Conservation Partnerships explore landscape conservation design

Regional Conservation Partnerships explore landscape conservation design

A North Atlantic LCC workshop for Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs) - networks of conservation partnerships across New England and eastern New York - opened the door for increasing conservation design and delivery throughout the Northeast.

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Preparing for future storms in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

Preparing for future storms in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

Three North Atlantic LCC projects funded through Hurricane Sandy Department of the Interior Resiliency Funds are underway and developing the science to help LCC partners understand how to make streams, beaches and tidal marshes more resilient to future storms and sea level rise. Here are some quick updates on these projects along with a summary of expected products:

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Vernal-pool mapping workshop offers resources, and collaborators

Vernal-pool mapping workshop offers resources, and collaborators

The Mid-Atlantic Vernal Pool Mapping Workshop is a part of a regional effort to facilitate coordination in conserving critical habitat provided by temporary wetlands. Workshop participants will learn about existing vernal-pool mapping projects and resources, including a regional database of known and possible vernal pool locations available for viewing and download through the North Atlantic LCC Conservation Planning Atlas.

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North Atlantic LCC works with states to identify Northeast conservation priorities

North Atlantic LCC works with states to identify Northeast conservation priorities

Rare habitat, contiguous landscapes, ecosystems threatened by development or climate change – at the fall meeting of the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., participants discussed a variety of critical factors that could and should be used for determining Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas (RCOAs).

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Equipped with new data, partners guide evolving approach to conservation based on species' use of landscape

Equipped with new data, partners guide evolving approach to conservation based on species' use of landscape

Partners in the Connecticut River Watershed Pilot are advancing the frontiers of conservation by designing a plan to achieve shared conservation goals across the watershed and region.

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North Atlantic LCC workshop puts regional data in hands of state and local decision makers

North Atlantic LCC workshop puts regional data in hands of state and local decision makers

Partners from across the Northeast took part in a two-day workshop to learn how to access, visualize, and apply regionally consistent data layers that can provide perspective on conservation decisions across multiple scales.

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Key landscape design initiatives receive funding for next steps

Key landscape design initiatives receive funding for next steps

With renewed financial support from the North Atlantic LCC, two instrumental projects will forge ahead in developing and delivering sophisticated products to conservation partners on the ground: "Designing Sustainable Landscapes" and "Forecasting Changes in Aquatic Systems and Resilience of Aquatic Populations"

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Zoe Smith’s approach to conservation is grounded in community

Zoe Smith’s approach to conservation is grounded in community

The Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program says the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative gives her hope for large-scale landscape conservation. By bringing stakeholders together to find common ground, and delivering the science they need to achieve shared objectives, “The LCC has paved the way for large consortiums to understand what is possible.”

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Regional science efforts highlighted in national climate adaptation strategy progress report

Regional science efforts highlighted in national climate adaptation strategy progress report

Report includes several projects in the northeast and the Chesapeake Bay among 50 nationwide examples that illustrate a long-term vision for adaptive management in the face of climate change.

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LCC Announces Coastal Resiliency Coordinator Position

Will oversee Hurricane Sandy resiliency projects

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Climate Change and Southern New England Forests

Climate Change and Southern New England Forests

Workshop hosted by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science is September 24-25 in Amherst, MA.

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New Guide Helps Conservationists Address Uncertain Future

A new publication by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) aims to help natural resource managers plan for a variety of long-term threats to America’s wildlife and habitats.

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North Atlantic LCC expands key landscape conservation design efforts

North Atlantic LCC expands key landscape conservation design efforts

North Atlantic LCC Steering Committee approves $340,000 in funding to support additional phases of the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project led by University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Forecasting Changes in Aquatic Systems and Resilience of Aquatic Populations being led by U.S. Geological Survey.

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Update on the Connecticut River Watershed Pilot: Landscape Conservation Design in Action

Update on the Connecticut River Watershed Pilot: Landscape Conservation Design in Action

The North Atlantic LCC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working with a group of partners to develop a landscape conservation design for the Connecticut River Watershed.

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A Blooming Relationship

A Blooming Relationship

Bill Brumback, Conservation Director from the New England Wildflower Society, is the newest member of the North Atlantic LCC partnership.

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A Window of Opportunity

A Window of Opportunity

The North Atlantic LCC and Northeast states have agreed to work together to develop a collaborative approach to map Northeast Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas

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Seed Banking for Resiliency

Seed Banking for Resiliency

A seed collection program to provide locally adapted plant material to restoration projects funded by the Sandy Supplemental Mitigation Fund and begin developing an Eastern Seeds of Success program.

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North Atlantic LCC Science in the Spotlight

North Atlantic LCC Science in the Spotlight

North Atlantic LCC Work Featured at Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference

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Project Update: A Terrestrial Habitat Map of Atlantic Canada

Extending the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map across the border.

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New Guide Provides Conservation Guidance in a Changing Climate

New Guide Provides Conservation Guidance in a Changing Climate

Offers practical steps for achieving climate-smart conservation.

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Third National Climate Assessment Released

Third National Climate Assessment Released

The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released the Third National Climate Assessment, a comprehensive scientific report detailing climate change impacts across the United States.

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Taking Science To Ground

Taking Science To Ground

The North Atlantic LCC is investing in four science delivery projects that will serve as examples of applied landscape conservation science in the Northeast.

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North Atlantic LCC Releases 2013 Highlights Report

North Atlantic LCC Releases 2013 Highlights Report

An overview of activities and projects demonstrating the growth of the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative partnership in 2013.

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Interior Secretary Announces Landscape Conservation Strategy

Interior Secretary Announces Landscape Conservation Strategy

The Department of the Interior has issued a strategy that will help advance landscape-scale, science-based management of public lands and wildlife.

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Climate Bulletin and Regional Outlook

Climate Bulletin and Regional Outlook

Gulf of Maine Council’s Climate Network quarterly e-bulletin provides information on regional climate adaptation events and resources.

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Connecting with State Partners

Connecting with State Partners

North Atlantic LCC staff provides technical training on use of regional datasets for state Geographic Information Systems (GIS) staff. The information can be used to provide regional context for decisions regarding species and habitats that span multiple states.

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Assessing Aquatic Habitats and Threats

Assessing Aquatic Habitats and Threats

The North Atlantic LCC has launched a project to develop a decision support tool for assessing aquatic habitats and threats in watersheds and estuaries of the region.

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Jess W. Jones Wins FWS Science Excellence Award

Jess W. Jones Wins FWS Science Excellence Award

A national leader in freshwater mussel conservation and restoration, Jones has worked with the North Atlantic LCC to study interactions between climate change, contaminants and ecosystems.

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Regional Context for Northeast Conservation Action

Regional Context for Northeast Conservation Action

The North Atlantic LCC is working with states and other Northeast regional partners to develop to tools that provide regional context for state and local conservation actions.

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North Atlantic LCC Announces Science Delivery RFP

Request for proposals addresses a key science need by advancing application of landscape conservation science products at multiple scales across the North Atlantic region.

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Protecting People and Communities, Helping Fish and Wildlife

Protecting People and Communities, Helping Fish and Wildlife

North Atlantic LCC to coordinate and support a collaborative, region-wide effort to restore fish passage while reducing the likelihood of damage to road stream crossings from future floods.

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Americans' Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2013

Americans' Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2013

Report shows an increase in the proportion of Americans who believe global warming is not happening.

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Volume 1 of 2013 Issue of Habitat Hotline Atlantic Now Available

Volume 1 of 2013 Issue of Habitat Hotline Atlantic Now Available

Habitat Hotline Atlantic provides information on the fish habitat related work that partners, such as the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, regional fishery management councils, and ocean planning organizations have been working on during the past year.

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LCC Network Announces National Council Members

LCC Network Announces National Council Members

The LCC National Council will work to provide national-level coordination to identify ecological and institutional challenges and successes across the network of 22 LCCs.

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Research Helps Address Climate Change Impacts

Climate Science Centers are awarding nearly $7 million to universities and other partners for research as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

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Climate Change Threatens North America's Freshwater Mussels -- USGS

Climate Change Threatens North America's Freshwater Mussels -- USGS

New research overseen by the U.S. Geological Survey shows that juvenile mussels have difficulty surviving in higher water temperatures that may happen more frequently in North America's rivers and lakes as the planet warms.

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NWF releases 3 new reports on Safeguarding Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change

NWF releases 3 new reports on Safeguarding Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change

Three reports by NWF summarize information on impacts to wildlife and their habitats in that state including the results of vulnerability and/or sensitivity assessments conducted as part of this project. These assessment are then used to identify management concerns and implications as well as, for New York, adaptation strategies for the state.

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New Report Reveals Continuing Coastal Wetlands Losses in U.S.

New Report Reveals Continuing Coastal Wetlands Losses in U.S.

The United States is losing wetlands in coastal watersheds at a significant rate, according to a new report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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A Landscape-Scale Approach to Refuge Planning

A Landscape-Scale Approach to Refuge Planning

The report examines how Refuge System planning will address large-scale conservation challenges such as climate change, while maintaining the integrity of management and conservation delivery within refuge boundaries.

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NALCC Steering Committee Endorses Key Next Steps

NALCC Steering Committee Endorses Key Next Steps

Regional partners chart course for developing, integrating, delivering, and communicating science toward a common goal of sustainable landscapes.

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News Archive

News Archive

Round up of news and events from the North Atlantic LCC, as well as other news of note in the conservation community.

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Northeast Habitat Guides Completed for Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Northeast Habitat Guides Completed for Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Funded by the Regional Conservation Needs program, this project from The Nature Conservancy ensures understanding and widespread use of the Northeast Aquatic Habitat classification system by creating a printable web-based guide and GIS database.

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Interior Secretary Offers Vision for Conservation

Secretarial Order underscores LCC role and commitment to landscape-scale planning and design to conserve the Nation's land, water, wildlife and cultural resources in the face of climate change.

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New LCC Team Articulates Strategy and Priorities for Science Delivery

New LCC Team Articulates Strategy and Priorities for Science Delivery

A new North Atlantic LCC Science Delivery team composed of representatives from federal agencies, state agencies, national NGOs, regional NGOs, and watershed groups is articulating priority needs for effectively delivering science.

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Interior Secretary Announces Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program

Interior Secretary Announces Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program

The Program will award more than $100 million in grants throughout the region affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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Interior Secretary Jewell Announces $162 Million for 45 Projects to Protect Atlantic Coast Communities from Future Storms

Interior Secretary Jewell Announces $162 Million for 45 Projects to Protect Atlantic Coast Communities from Future Storms

LCCs will play a key role in coordinating and delivering science to inform coastal restoration and resiliency efforts

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Sharing Science to Safeguard the Red Knot

Sharing Science to Safeguard the Red Knot

FWS proposes to list the highly migratory shorebird as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act due to declining food supply and habitat related to the combined effects of sea-level rise and development. LCC projects underway can help inform conservation and management strategies to protect the species.

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IPCC Releases Fifth Assessment Report; LCC Uses New Scenarios for Regional Assessments

IPCC Releases Fifth Assessment Report; LCC Uses New Scenarios for Regional Assessments

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report concludes human influence on climate change is clear and evident in most regions of the globe.

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Modeling Climate Change Impacts to Wildlife

Modeling Climate Change Impacts to Wildlife

A paper in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management presents an overview of the types of models available to forecast the impacts of climate change on processes affecting fish and wildlife habitat.

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Beyond Season's End

Beyond Season's End

A roundup of news about climate change impacts to fish and wildlife.

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The Latest News from the Northeast Climate Science Center

The Latest News from the Northeast Climate Science Center

News and upcoming events from our partners at the Northeast Climate Science Center.

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Restoring Aquatic Connectivity

Restoring Aquatic Connectivity

North Atlantic LCC Request for Proposals (RFP) addresses a priority science need to collaboratively restore aquatic connectivity while increasing resiliency for culverts and road stream crossings to future floods.

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Conservation Beyond Boundaries

Conservation Beyond Boundaries

States in the Northeast Region are working with the North Atlantic LCC to synthesize information and develop decision-support tools that will provide broader context for state and local conservation decisions and actions.

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Conserving Important Habitat for Amphibians and Other Wildlife

Conserving Important Habitat for Amphibians and Other Wildlife

North Atlantic LCC Request for Proposals (RFP) calls for grants to compile mapping of vernal pools across the North Atlantic Region.

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New LCC National Network Coordinator Selected

New LCC National Network Coordinator Selected

Dr. Elsa Haubold replaces Dr. Doug Austen, who served as national coordinator for 3 years.

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Thinking Bigger

Thinking Bigger

Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is putting landscape-scale thinking into practice in the Connecticut River watershed.

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Beyond Season's End

Beyond Season's End

A website created for wildlife and fisheries professionals confronting the threat of global climate change.

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LCC Network Launches National Website

LCC Network Launches National Website

The LCC national network website provides news, images, project information and links to the 22 individual LCCs.

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Natural Barriers Protect Coasts

Natural Barriers Protect Coasts

A new study shows that natural habitats can protect communities from coastal storms.

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FY13 LCC National Funding Opportunity Announcement

Financial assistance will be awarded for projects that advance the LCC Network Vision and Mission by addressing the following priority theme areas : Theme A - Integrating Assessment and Planning for Aquatic Resource Conservation at Landscape Scales. Theme B - Developing a Network of Ecologically Functional and Connected Landscapes by Facilitating Landscape Conservation Design.

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Highway agencies, wildlife ecologists focus on culverts in climate change adaptation planning

Highway agencies, wildlife ecologists focus on culverts in climate change adaptation planning

Wildlife may benefit from plans to rebuild aging or storm-damaged culverts in areas where extreme weather events are taking a toll.

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Northeast Climate Website (NEclimateUS.org) rolled out

Northeast Climate Website (NEclimateUS.org) rolled out

The Northeast Climate Website database website contains over 250 Needs; 300+ Data, Products, and Services; 50+ Projects; almost 200 Bibliographic references; and a Partners and Programs page and a User’s Guide. It was developed and sponsored by NOAA, National Wildlife Federation, EPA and the North Atlantic LCC

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Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund Request for Proposals

Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund Request for Proposals

The Wildlife Conservation Society is pleased to announce the third round of grantmaking through the Climate Adaptation Fund - a program supporting projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change.

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National Climate Assesment Webinars

National Climate Assesment Webinars

UCS is hosting a series of webinars with presentations from National Climate Assesment authors to share key findings from the draft report and answer questions. Use the links provided to sign up!

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CSC Funding Opportunity

CSC Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) are seeking proposals for FY 2013 and/or FY 2014 (as appropriate).

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UMGL LCC Annual Report Now Available

The LCC's first ever annual report outlines the partnership’s accomplishments over the past three years, including: a break down on spending, steering and technical committee membership, research progress, communications efforts and future direction.

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Middle Rockies Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA) Final Results Webinar

Last year the BLM initiated “Rapid Ecoregional Assessments (REAs)” to improve the understanding of the existing condition of these landscapes, and how conditions may be altered by ongoing environmental changes and land use demands.

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Designing Sustainable Landscapes Workshops

A foundational project of the North Atlantic LCC is known as Designing Sustainable Landscapes. The purpose of these workshops is to familiarize partners with the science and tools that have been developed as a part of this project for several sub-watersheds and to get feedback on how tools can be designed to best help with relevant conservation decisions including land protection, land use, ecological restoration and land management.

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North Atlantic LCC Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee meeting has been postponed until further notice, due to Hurricane Sandy. Please check back here for more information.

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USFWS Climate Change Update - October 2012

USFWS Climate Change Update - October 2012

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