Conservation Partners connecting working lands conservation from the Gulf of Mexico to the High Plains with the vision of a sustainable landscape of natural resources resilient to the threats and stressors associated with our changing world.

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    Frank Thompson

Integrating Approaches to Conservation Design across LCCs in the East

Formal Title: Integrating Approaches to Conservation Design across the Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network in the East Integrating Approaches to Conservation Design across the Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network in the East

Research Focus: Integrating landscape conservation design

Conservation & Management Challenges:

Designing landscapes capable of sustaining natural and cultural resources at desired levels now and into the future is a hallmark of many LCCs’ missions as well as the Network as a whole. Consequently, many LCCs are actively pursuing conservation design within their individual boundaries. However, design efforts need to be compatible and seamless across LCCs to be effectively integrated into individual partner conservation plans (e.g., State Wildlife Action Plans, Forest Management Plans) as well as national conservation visions (e.g., Wildlife Habitat Policy Research Program; National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy).



Research Overview:

This is a projected is funded nationally by the LCC Network.  The objective of this national Landscape Conservation Cooperative project is to conduct a technical review of the alternative methodologies being used by Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in the East and to identify the challenges and opportunities in bringing these designs together seamlessly. A pilot effort that integrates design across two or more Landscape Conservation Cooperatives will also be conducted. 


Partners: USDA Forest Service; Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative; University of Connecticut; South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative; Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative; Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative; Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative; North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative; Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative; California Landscape Conservation Cooperative; Upper Midwest and Great LakesLandscape Conservation Cooperative


This project was completed in 2016.  

View or download the final report, Integrating Approaches to Conservation Design Across the LCC Network in the East


This project was initiated in January of 2015; the final report is expected out in spring 2016.


Principal Investigators:  Frank R. Thompson, III, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station 202 Natural Resources, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211-7260,

John Tirpak, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Gulf Restoration Program,

Landscape Conservation Cooperative Point-of-Contact: Bill Bartush, Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative, National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506 

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