GCP LCC Working on Proposals to Benefit Focal Species
The Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is looking to engage with programs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to deliver on-the-ground conservation for LCC focal species through the Service’s annual Cooperative Recovery Initiative (CRI). The 2016-2017 CRI will provide nearly $7 million in funding nationally to advance the recovery of listed species that are near delisting or reclassification from endangered to threaten or actions to prevent the extinction of critically endangered species.
Seventeen species selected as focal species
by the LCC are listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act or are candidates for listing. These include Black-capped Vireo, Golden-cheeked Warbler, three broadcast-spawning minnows (Arkansas River Shiner, Sharpnose Shiner, and Smalleye Shiner), Devil’s River Minnow, Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle, three unionid mussel species (Golden Orb, Smooth Pimpleback, and Texas Pimpleback) and seven species of salamander (Eurycea spp.).
With up to $1 million in funding per project and an additional $150,000 for monitoring, the LCC is reaching out to species leads in the USFWS across the Gulf Coast Prairie to develop proposal ideas for this year’s CRI (due August 26th) and for future CRI competitions.