Many Key Decisions Made by GCP LCC Steering Committee (June 2016) Move the LCC Forward
At the GCP LCC Steering Committee business meeting, held subsequent to the joint meeting with the GCPO LCC, members made numerous key decisions (*) that will guide the LCC’s work over the remainder of 2016:
- TASK: *The SC will work to update a governance document for the GCP LCC by mid-July.
Background: The GCP LCC has four Ad Hoc teams for Strategic Planning: Governance, Collaboration, Communication, and Science. Team leads and staff provided an overview of progress and offered a draft revision of the Operation Plan – for consideration with recommended changes.
- ACTION: *The Steering Committee agreed to elevate Vice Chair, Jim Giocomo to Chair position, as current Chair Matt Wagner will be stepping down at the end of 2016 upon his retirement from Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. The final decision will be approved July 20, 2016.
- TASK: *In addition, the GCP LCC is seeking additional membership within the Executive Advisory Team and the Vice Chair position, as well as more involvement in the Ad Hoc teams. These are opportunities for new members to engage more fully with the LCC.
- ACTION: *The Steering Committee agreed to formally accept candidates Robby Maxwell, Amie Treuer-Kuehn, and Preston Bean to the GCP LCC Science Team.
ACTIONS: Projects in four category areas were recommended by the Science Coordinator, reviewed by the Steering Committee, and these will be refined into specific project proposal requests recommended for funding.
- *Foundational Data (integral to landscape conservation design):
- Landcover enhancement (TX/OK; an RFP with specific costs and tasks in conjunction with GP LCC has been announced).
- Creation of a landcover consistent with Texas Chenier Plain for Louisiana has been developed with partners LDWF, EPA, NRCS and led by WARC – USGS.
- *Biological Objectives for the Gulf:
- Brown Pelican and Black Skimmer (contributing partners USFWS Gulf Program, Gulf LCCs and USGS).
3. *Platforming - continue to develop and improve applied data tools:
- The Grassland Management Inventory Tool (G-MIT)
- The GCP LCC Conservation Planning Atlas (contributing Partners and USGS)
4. *Conservation emphasis areas:
- Red River Project Support (contributing partners USGS, OSU)
- Coastal TX and Balcones (Edwards to Gulf)
- Louisiana Chenier Plain
Future Science and Conservation Design
The Landscape Conservation Design (LCD) and partners’ needs will be aligned through the GCP LCC’s two LCD processes:
- Coarse Filter – complete and package the conservation emphasis design for incorporation into the SECAS Blueprint by fall 2016.
- Fine Filter – align with Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Inventory & Monitoring program, developing contexts in:
Background: LCD will continue to be focused on areas identified in the Science Strategy, however, the GCP LCC may capitalize on contexts or opportunities to engage with partners in additional areas.
National Academy of Science (NAS) Report
Regional and National Conservation was discussed related to the Revised Goals of the National LCC Strategic Plan Goals, especially as in consideration of a revision of our GCP LCC Goals and Objectives. Key questions concerning the NAS recommendations were posed and discussed. The Steering Committee agreed to they would work through mid-2017 to outline benchmarks for measuring conservation progress.