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Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by James Weliver, USFWS.
Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfeet, MA. Photo by Ralph Tiner.
Catskills Mountains, NY. Photo by Ralph Tiner.
"Threats to America’s land, water, fish and wildlife, and cultural resources are greater than any one agency or one program can handle alone – landscape conservation cooperatives (LCCs) are a way to leverage all of our resources and work together to meet these threats."

North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Steering Committee Meeting
November 2, 2011
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Logistics: The North Atlantic LCC and the Northeast Directors Meeting will both be held at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach.

Nearest airport is Norfolk International, about a 30 minute drive (

The LCC meeting will be from about 8: 00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and breaks will be provided. A reception and poster session will follow at 6:00 p.m.

Overall Purpose of meeting:  Consensus on and approval of science strategic plan, projects and process and discussion of relationship of LCC to climate, marine and watershed partnerships

Agenda Items

Discussion Leader
and Handouts




7:00 a.m.

1. Introductions, Review agenda, Approve minutes from last call

Ken Elowe (FWS) & Andrew Milliken (LCC)
Handout 1 – Agenda
Handout 2 – Minutes
Handout 3 – Attendance List

8:00 a.m.

2. Action items from last Steering Committee call and actions taken

Andrew Milliken
Handout 4 – Action items status

8:20 a.m.

3. Consideration of new member – Wildlife Conservation Society

Ken Elowe 
Handout 5 – WCS letter & email

8:30 a.m.

4. Northeast Conservation Framework and LCC Conservation Science Strategic Plan
Expected Meeting Outcome: Understanding of purpose and content of Strategic Plan and relationship to Conservation Framework, approval of plan and/or suggested revisions

Ken Elowe, Andrew Milliken, Steve Fuller (WMI)
Handouts 6 & 6b – Northeast Conservation Framework Workshop Exec. & full Summary
Handout 7 & 7b – Final Draft LCC Science Strategic Plan

8:40 a.m.



9:45 a.m.

5. Review of ongoing and approved projects, science needs and priorities and next steps for FY 2011and FY 2012
Expected Call Outcome: Approval of science projects and next steps for additional project development

Andrew Milliken, Rachel Muir (USGS), all
Handouts 8a & 8b & 8c – Summaries of next steps; 8c – Invasive Spp.
Handouts 9a & 9b – Summaries of proposed project funding
Proposals: Assessing Priority Reptiles and Amphibians in the North Atlantic LCC, Development of a Northeast Regional Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard, Mapping the Distribution, Abundance and Risk Assessment of Marine Birds in the Northwest Atlantic: Phase 1, Permeable Landscapes for Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Use of a Vulnerability Index to Assess Species Most Likely to be Impacted by Climate Change

10:00 a.m.

6. Annual process for science needs and projects and relationship to RCN process
Expected Meeting Outcome: Steering Committee agrees on annual process

Scot Williamson (WMI), Ken Elowe, Patty Riexinger (NY)
Handout 10 – Proposed annual science needs process

11:30 a.m.

7. Goal Setting
Expected Meeting Outcome: Discussion and consensus on the role of the LCC in compiling, revising and setting goals

Ken Elowe

11:45 a.m.

Lunch (provided)


12:15 p.m.

8. Role of LCC in demonstration projects
Expected Meeting Outcome: Discussion and consensus on definition and role of LCC in supporting demonstration projects

George Gay (NWF), Jad Daley (TPL), John O’Leary (MA),  Ken Elowe
Handout 11 – White paper on demonstration projects

1:15 p.m.

9. LCC national and regional communications
 Expected Meeting Outcome: Review of communications products and consensus on priorities for communication

Megan Nagel (FWS)
Handout 12 – Existing and proposed communications products summary

1:35 p.m.
10. Information Management Needs Assessment
Expected Meeting Outcome: Understanding and commitment to participation in needs assessment

Rick Bennett (FWS)
Handout 13 – Description of information management needs assessment process

1:50 p.m.
11. Relationship to LCC and priorities for Northeast Climate Science Center
Expected Meeting Outcome: Understanding of purpose of Climate Science Center and relationship to LCC; process to identify priority needs for CSC

Rachel Muir (USGS), Curt Griffin UMass (UMass)
Handout 14 – Climate Science Center description

2:00 p.m.
12. Updates from NEAFWA Climate Committee and National Climate Assessment, Northeast Region
Expected Meeting Outcome: Updates on regional and national climate efforts and consensus on LCC role

John O’Leary (MA), Patty Riexinger (NY), Rick Bennett (FWS)
Handout 15 –  NEAFWA Climate Committee charge

2:30 p.m.
Break   2:45 p.m.
13. U.S. EPA Healthy Watersheds Initiative

and relationship to LCC
Expected Meeting Outcome: Discussion and consensus of relationship between Healthy Watersheds and LCC

Tai-ming Chang and Ralph Abele (EPA)
Handout 16 – Description of Healthy Watersheds Initiative

3:00 p.m.
14. Update on Oceans Plan and Partnerships
Expected Meeting Outcome: Discussion and consensus of relationship between Marine Partnerships and LCC, national proposal

Ta-ming Chang, Andrew Milliken, Darlene Finch (NOAA)
Handout 17 – National LCC marine boundary proposal

3:20 p.m.
15. Introduction and Discussion of NPS Coastal Adaptation Coordinator Rick Harris and Amanda Babson (NPS) 3:40 p.m.
16. Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership update and relationship to LCC Emily Greene (ACFHP) 3:50 p.m.
17. Other Business, Next Meeting Ken Elowe 4:20 p.m.
ADJOURN   4:30 p.m.
Reception and Poster Session   6:00 p.m.


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