This project developed a series of maps depicting the distribution and probability of occurrence of marine birds in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. The maps are intended to be used for informing decisions about siting offshore facilities; marine spatial planning; and other uses requiring maps of seabird distributions.
Building the Foundation for International Conservation Planning for the Plains and Prairie Pothole Ecosystems
This project will build a Geographic Information System (GIS) database for the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC comprised of1) wetland abundance, 2) land cover, 3) primary productivity, and 4) wetness. Ultimately, the database will provide foundational information for future research and will facilitate management and conservation activities for multiple species across the entire LCC.
The purpose of this demonstration project was to show how North Atlantic LCC science products can be used to inform conservation for a Northeast habitat and resilience “hotspot.” The Trust for Public Land integrated LCC and other science products into a clearinghouse and analysis tool for parcel-level conservation planning in the 2.7 million acre White Mountains to Moosehead Lake region of Maine and New Hampshire.
Federal-State Partnerships in Implementing Strategic Habitat Conservation: Incorporating Surrogate Species Concepts into State Wildlife Action Plans
In the face of rapid environmental change, a strategic approach is necessary to most efficiently target conservation actions for the hundreds of fish and wildlife species for which the agencies are responsible. One element in the strategic approach advanced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to select a subset of “surrogate” species that represent the needs of this broader set of species. Selecting surrogate species and establishing population objectives can be used to help answer critical questions about the types, amounts, and locations of conservation actions needed across the landscape. However, selecting species and population objectives is only a first step. For surrogate species concepts to actually...
The Northeast Regional Conservation Framework Workshop, held in June 2011, provided an opportunity to step back and synthesize the results of many projects that have been completed or are underway through the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Regional Conservation Needs (RCN) program and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). The workshop also helped partners determine how these projects might fit into a common regional conservation framework and identify the greatest needs for future work. By fostering information sharing and discussions among regional conservation experts, the workshop sought to clarify the “big picture” of conservation, illuminate how existing efforts complement each other,...
Gateway Using Data Basin Technology to Serve the Data Integration, Collaboration, and Outreach Needs of the North Atlantic LCC and Northeast Region
The Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) was created to help fulfill the mission of the NALCC and to create a common platform and communication method for the partnership. The CPA is a science-based mapping platform where conservation managers and LCC members can go to view, retrieve, and perform analyses on spatial information with specific conservation goals in mind. Data can be searched, viewed, and used in analyses. Users can upload their own data to a private account to be used in conjunction with these datasets.
Coastal change is an important issue for all coastal regions of the LCC Network, yet there are vast differences in the tools and information available across coastal regions. While the key uncertainties may differ across the Network, all coastal LCCs have been working to advance coastal resilience and adaptation. In some coastal areas, there are significant resources available to communities to understand coastal change and the discussions are now focused upon adaptation and incorporating natural resource considerations. In other regions, few tools exist for either communities or resource managers to address observed and predicted coastal change. The ultimate goal for LCCs is to have decision makers informed about...
Ecosystem Dynamics and Fate of Warm Permafrost after Tundra Wildfire and Lake Drainage on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (YKD) encompasses the southernmost, warmest parts of the arctic tundra biome and is renowned for its high biological productivity and large subsistence-based human population. Ice-rich permafrost currently is widespread and strongly influences terrestrial and aquatic habitats, including local topography, vegetation, soil hydrology, and the water balance of lakes. Ground temperatures are near the freezing point, however, and recent projections indicate that the YKD is poised for widespread loss of permafrost by the end of this century. This has implications for the region’s extensive and heretofore stable terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Tundra wildfire is a common ecological “pulse” disturbance...
Consistent and accurate landscape datasets are important foundational products for ecological analyses and for understanding and anticipating the effects of climate change on forested, agricultural, and freshwater systems across the U.S. and Canada. The objective of this project was to extend an existing terrestrial habitat map of the north Atlantic U.S. to Atlantic Canada and southern Quebec, using and modeling field-collected data combined with national and provincial datasets. This GIS map 1) provides a foundation upon which further research, such as species vulnerability analyses, can advance, 2) allows each relevant state and province to identify terrestrial habitats consistently across borders, 3) allows for...
Assessing climate change vulnerability and developing a climate change adaptation strategy for Sierra Nevada birds
This project used the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index tool to assess vulnerability of 140 bird species that breed in the Sierra Nevada and will develop a peer-reviewed Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Sierra Nevada bird species that are most vulnerable to climate change. The Strategy provides recommendations for actions that managers can take now and in the future to bolster resilience to climate change.
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) are public-private partnerships composed of states, tribes, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, international jurisdictions, and others working together to address landscape and seascape scale conservation issues. LCCs inform resource management decisions to address broad-scale stressors-including habitat fragmentation, genetic isolation, spread of invasive species, and water scarcity-all of which are magnified by a rapidly changing climate. For further information go to http://lccnetwork.org. The previous 2011 LCC Network Areas data is available at https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/52f2735ee4b0a6f0bd498c2f
This project completed a rapid update for wetland mapping in 162 coastal areas (1:24,000 topographic quadrangles in ME, MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA, and VA) that were last updated prior to 2000. The updates, which were incorporated into the National Wetland Inventory, have many applications in conservation analysis and coastal planning, including the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project (also funded by the North Atlantic LCC).Number of USGS quadrangles updated, by state.|** State** | No. of Quads || ——– | ——– || Maine | 23 || Maryland | 12 || Massachusetts | 64 || New Jersey | 6 || New York | 11 || Pennsylvania | 5 || Virginia | 41 || Total ** | **162 |
Prioritization of road stream crossings for surveys and targeted surveys.
Development of Tools and Technology to Improve the Success and Planning of Restoration of Big Sagebrush Ecosystems
FY2013Shrub-dominated ecosystems of the Great Basin are being threatened by disturbances, typically wildfire followed by encroachment of invasive plants (e.g., cheat grass). To mitigate these threats and future changes in the climate to big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), restorationists require a knowledge base and tools to inform them of the most appropriate seed sources to plant to greatly enhance the success of restoration under contemporary and future climates. We propose to develop climate-responsive seed transfer zones based on associating plant quantitative traits and ecophysiological data from common gardens to the climate of the seed source.
Supporting Implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Management Strategy Protected Lands Outcome Using Landscope Chesapeake
The grant’s objectives include expansion of the LandScope Chesapeake system to support and promote the shared objectives of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership, of which North Atlantic LCC and NatureServe are active members.
This agreement supported the Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas project, later renamed “Nature’s Network,” of the North Atlantic LCC partnership. Tasks included GIS support, development of an on-line Prioritization Tool allowing identification of conservation and restoration priorities across the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and development of the Nature’s Network website. The Prioritization Tool was available in the summer of 2016 and included in the release of Nature’s Network in May 2017. Cheseapeake Conservancy has aided in delivery of the Prioritization Tool by giving presentations for webinars and at workshops around the northeast.
Sea levels are expected to rise by one to six feet over the next century, and coastal sites vary markedly in their ability to accommodate such inundation. In response to this threat, scientists from The Nature Conservancy evaluated 10,736 sites in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic for the size, configuration and adequacy of their migration space, and for the natural processes necessary to support the migration of coastal habitats in response to sea-level rise. The resulting resilience dataset is intended to help natural resource managers, conservationists, and others identify resilient lands for protection and restoration across the North Atlantic coast, and has been integrated into the Nature’s Network conservation...
In 2012, the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC) embarked on an InformationManagement Needs Assessment with the goal of better understanding the information technologyneeds of its stakeholders. This effort included documenting the functional requirements of a systemthat would be able to support collaboration and coordination of conservation efforts among NALCCpartners. The needs assessment study was supported through a grant from the Department of theInterior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aimed at enabling Landscape Conservation Cooperatives(LCC) to conduct science and undertake strategic conservation efforts across large geographic areas. Applied Geographics, the contractor, reviewed...
Forecasting Changes in Aquatic Systems and Resilience of Aquatic Populations in the NALCC: Decision-support Tools for Conservation
The objective of this project was to develop tools to assist managers in protecting and restoring streams for brook trout and other aquatic resources in the face of threats such as climate change and development.Summary of Phase 2 of the project (2014-2016):The goal of this project is to improve natural resources management by providing effective, flexible, portable, and transparent modeling results and decision support tools to managers.The objectives include:1) Expand existing tools to additional portions of LCC region a) Extend the stream temperature and stream flow models to the full geographic area of the North Atlantic LCC, plus the headwaters of the Atlantic-draining watersheds (e.g., Chesapeake, Delaware,...
Enhanced Stewardship of Priority Habitats and Species on Private Lands Using NALCC Science across Four Northeastern states
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will facilitate integration of regional science through local land-use decision-making to enhance stewardship of North Atlantic LCC conservation priorities. The WCS will identify North Atlantic LCC science data layers that are most relevant for state and regional conservation priorities and determine opportunities for integrating this information into state and regional planning. This information will be used to identify and prioritize communities with the greatest potential to achieve conservation outcomes in locations of high conservation value on private lands through small science-based modifications to existing land-use planning tools. WCS will demonstrate on-the-ground...