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WEBINARS

January 30
Tools for conservation planning

February 6
The National Climate Assessment Report: A briefing on the Public Review Draft with a focus on Ecosystems and Biodiversity

February 13

Wildlife issues for transportation planning on federal lands

February 19 and March 19
USFS landscape science webinar series


MEETINGS

February 21
Assisted migration: A primer for reforestation and restoration decision makers
Portland, OR


March 2530
North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

Arlington, VA

April 1518
American Fisheries Society -
Western Division
Boise, ID

April 2325
Climate prediction applications science workshop
Logan, UT

August 4–9
Ecological Society of America

Minneapolis, MN

October 59
The Wildlife Society
Milwaukee, WI

October 611
World Conference on Ecological Restoration

Madison, WI

September 20–21
Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation

Bozeman, MT


COURSE

February 11
Addressing climate-related uncertainty for natural resource management
Shepherdstown, WV



Reports & Policies



Effects of bioenergy production on wildlife and wildlife habitat

Impacts of crude oil and natural gas development on wildlife and wildlife habitat in the Rocky Mountain Region


Management of large mammalian carnivores in North America


2012 report on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

Future of America’s forest and rangelands: Forest Service 2010 Resources Planning Act assessment

DOI climate change policy



Winter 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue


Updates


GNLCC Strategic Science Funding Opportunity

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The Great Northern LCC is pleased to announce the FY13 strategic science funding opportunity. Proposals targeting the priorities and specific criteria described in the Funding Guidance will be accepted until 5pm MST on February 22, 2013. There will be two conference calls for questions about the Funding Guidance: February 6 (Weds) at 10am MST and February 11 (Mon) at 2pm MST.  >>View FY13 Funding Guidance


New Information System Administrator Joins GNLCC

Image of Matt Heller The Great Northern LCC welcomes Matt Heller as their new Information System Administrator. The GNLCC, like most other LCCs across the Nation, has identified the skill set Matt brings as a critical need for effective landscape-scale conservation. Matt will focus on development, maintenance, and delivery of server-based geospatial tools, manage all of GNLCCs internet services and web-enabled database applications, while keeping a close watch on security of the Cooperatives shared information resources.  >>Read more


Update on Partner Forums in the Great Northern Area


Partner Forums are an engagement of conservation practitioners and partnerships that share landscape conservation challenges in an ecogeographic context. Through a loosely structured process, field-level managers, scientists, and key conservation constituents are identifying priority conservation information or scientific needs falling under the scope of the Great Northern LCC goals and/or flagship priorities. The Partner Forums have been busy coalescing partnerships and identifying conservation and management actions, and they welcome your involvement!  >>Read more


Deadline Extended for Draft Guidance on Selecting Species

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended its deadline for comments on the DRAFT Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape-scale Conservation to Friday, March 29, 2013. The extended deadline accommodates a request from states to allow more time for review. The draft guidance outlines a collaborative and science-based process to identify a subset of surrogate species that can best represent other species or aspects of the species’ environment within a defined landscape or geography. This is a practical step in using the Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) approach and the best-known science to plan, design and conserve landscapes supporting multiple species. For more information and to access forms to submit comments, visit Draft Guidance for Selecting Species.


Synopsis of Wildlife Provisions in MAP-21’s Surface Transportation Programs, Plans and Projects

Wildlife crossing structure on US HWY 93, Flathead Reservation, Montana
Wildlife crossing structure on US HWY 93, Flathead Reservation, Montana

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first highway authorization enacted since 2005. A watershed event, MAP-21 is the first national transportation law to weave throughout its programs authority for state, federal and tribal managers, and researchers to reduce the number of motorist collisions with wildlife and improve connectivity among habitats disrupted by roads.  >>Read more


Featured Projects and Partnerships


A Regional Stream Temperature Model to Aid Climate Vulnerability Assessments

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Temperature in aquatic ecosystems is a fundamentally important property that dozens of resource agencies across the Northwest routinely monitor. Significant amounts of stream temperature data have been collected during the last two decades, but strategic coordination of these collection efforts within and among agencies is lacking and many redundancies exist. Moreover, legislative mandates to maintain temperatures below certain thresholds, concern over climate change, and decreasing costs of data acquisition are only accelerating the amount of stream temperature data now being collected.  >>Read more


Workshops Provide Managers with Tools for Climate Change Adaptation

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With support from the Great Northern and North Pacific LCCs, the Pacific Northwest Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment team organized four one-day climate adaptation workshops during 2012. Two of the workshops were held in the Great Northern geographic area, the Pioneer Mountains – Craters of the Moon landscape and the Columbia Plateau landscape. The objectives of the workshops were to understand 1) how the datasets and products generated by the Vulnerability Assessment could be used to facilitate on-the-ground climate adaptation planning, and 2) how climate data products could be made more useful for managers.  >>Read more
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