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Partners in Maine search for cold water with shared regional database
The LCC-supported SHEDS database is helping partners identify sweet spots for species like Atlantic salmon that depend on cold water and define Maine's natural heritage.
For Regional Conservation Partnerships, Nature’s Network offers new perspective on familiar places
At the annual Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs) Gathering hosted by the Highstead Foundation in Nashua, N.H., practitioners had the opportunity to learn how thinking big can support local conservation during a session on Nature’s Network, in which panelists shared examples of how different partners working at multiple scales are using regional data to refine strategic conservation planning.
New tool will help conservation planners strategize around development risks
Developed by the Designing Sustainable Landscapes (DSL) project team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the new Sprawl model simulates development 70 years into the future for the Northeast region. Sprawl is just one component of the suite of models developed by DSL to assess ecological value across the region and predict how the landscape changes that have been incorporated into the Nature’s Network conservation design.
NPS seeks applicants for climate adaptation workshop series
An upcoming workshop series offers opportunities for National Park Service managers and partners to effectively incorporate climate adaptation approaches into collaborative projects. Coordinated by NPS Coastal Landscape Adaptation Coordinator Amanda Babson, who is a member of the North Atlantic LCC Steering Committee, the Northeast Region Climate Adaptation and Communication Workshop Series is open to practitioners involved in natural and cultural resource conservation. The application deadline is December 7th.
New report provides regional perspective on the conservation status of plants
In response to a need for better information about the location and status of rare and endemic plant species in the North Atlantic region, a team of botanists led by NatureServe conducted a broad-scale conservation assessment for vascular plants that occur from Virginia to Maritime Canada.
Partners reach fish passage milestone ahead of schedule in the Chesapeake Bay watershed
Progress report shows 1,126 new miles of stream were opened to fish passage in the basin between 2012 and 2016, surpassing the 1,000-mile goal set by partners.
In New York, priorities for public safety and conservation converge at road-stream crossings
Historic flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 demonstrated the need to update bridges and culverts in New York for public safety and aquatic passage. Now partners across the state are using resources from the North Atlantic LCC-supported North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative to find opportunities to work together on updating road-stream crossings for the benefit of people, fish, and wildlife.
New study looks at ecological “tipping points” for coastal species to help manage for change
A new paper published by a team of scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ocean & Coastal Management synthesizes existing information on ecological thresholds related to environmental changes -- including sea-level rise and coastal storms -- for 45 species of coastal fish, wildlife, and plants selected because of their ecological, economic and cultural importance.
NFWF announces more than $12.6 million in grants from Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund
Funding will support initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to improve water quality, storm-water infrastructure, and aquatic habitat, including a project using protocols developed by the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative.
New conservation vision emphasizes vital roles for working lands and communities
A report released by Harvard Forest and Highstead Foundation outlines a vision for conservation in New England that focuses on the interdependent role that forests, farms, and communities play in shaping the landscape.
Maryland Trout Unlimited earns Gold Trout for conservation work in Chesapeake Bay watershed
Trout Unlimited has given its highest honor to the Maryland Chapter in large part for its collaborative efforts to advance Eastern brook trout conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including by completing 50 road-stream crossing assessments in the Upper Gunpowder using regional protocols developed by the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC).
Experts outline framework to monitor projects that use nature-based features
Partners from Mid Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) and the National Wildlife Federation (NFW) have released a report that presents findings from experts in the field of Natural and Nature-Based Features who convened to develop a regionally standardized and coordinated approach to monitoring the performance of these projects after implementation.
Nature’s Network helps open new doors to climate corridors in Maine
More than 50 conservation practitioners working in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and maritime Canada attended a training at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve to learn how landscape scale datasets can help them protect and connect sites that are most likely to support biodiversity in the face of climate change.
New report will help towns prioritize road-stream crossing upgrades in coastal watershed
Partners including Mass Audubon and the Taunton River Watershed Alliance have released a report detailing findings from more than 500 road-stream crossing surveys conducted using North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) data and protocols.
New tool helps put potential black duck conservation projects in a row
Developed collaboratively by the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with support from the North Atlantic LCC, the Black Duck Decision Support Tool is helping conservation partners align opportunities and funding for conservation on private land with priority habitat for black duck.
Partners identify resources for landowners in the path of marsh migration
With support from Hurricane Sandy funding, Delaware is developing outreach strategies to help concentrate efforts and funding around hot spots for marsh migration to minimize impacts on coastal communities and agricultural producers.
Partners launch ‘Nature’s Network’ to guide conservation from Maine to Virginia
The North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) brought together partners from 13 states to develop a regional conservation design that can help communities work with nature to sustain wildlife and people throughout the Northeast.
After years long "Envisioning" process, partners release comprehensive vision for Susquehanna River
The Chesapeake Conservancy has released a vision document for conservation in the Susquehanna River watershed that synthesizes input from an in-depth community engagement campaign, identifies recommendations for addressing shared conservation priorities, and responds to a need for better data and tools.
North Atlantic LCC Annual Report highlights conservation in action
Our 2016 Annual Report highlights progress in priority areas identified by our partnership -- Aquatic Connectivity, Coastal and Community Resilience, At-Risk Species, Landscape Conservation Initiatives, and Science Delivery -- through stories showing how people are using data and tools to advance their work in conservation.
Habitat inventories offer new perspective on North Carolina’s coast
A feature story in Coastal Review Online -- a news service covering the North Carolina coastline -- highlights a recently completed project to inventory modifications to beach and tidal inlet habitats from Maine to North Carolina that is providing new information to managers in the coastal zone.

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