The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released its Review of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives December 3, 2015; it concludes that a landscape approach is needed to meet the nation’s conservation challenges and that the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) provide a framework for addressing that need.
Read more for a perspective from Greg Wathen, the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC Coordinator.
The Gulf Coast Prairie thanks the NAS panel and staff for their careful review of the LCCs and extends our gratitude to the individuals from the greater conservation community who provided input.
The Academy’s recommendations will further help each agency and organization engaged in our LCC and the LCC Network to take stock of progress to ensure that, collectively, the program is efficiently and effectively addressing landscape- and seascape-scale conservation priorities using the best science available.
The GCP LCC appreciates the areas the review panel identified for further improvement to enhance coordination with partners around priorities and broaden the evaluation framework to better capture the contributions made by all partners and conservation outcomes at individual and LCC Network-wide scales.
The Academy’s review panel pointed to many early accomplishments including LCC-funded research and tools that are helping to improve resource management decision-making. The report acknowledged two projects that address conservation challenges that cross LCC boundaries — the recently published Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment and the Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative.
Read more about the National Academy of Sciences Review of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
Read the NAS press release
Go directly to the NAS Review report