The LCC Network
In early December 2015, the National Academy of Sciences released its review of the national system of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. The North Atlantic LCC is maintaining a page with information about this important study including information pertinent to our region; click here to visit it.
The 22 LCCs collectively form a national LCC Network of natural and cultural resource managers, scientists, and interested public and private organizations—within the U.S. and across our international borders—that share a common need for scientific information and interest in conservation.
The nation’s natural and cultural resources and landscapes are essential to stabilize our quality of life and economy. Native wildlife depend on ecosystems that are threatened by land use changes and impacts such as climate change, drought, wildfire, habitat fragmentation, contaminants, pollution, invasive species and disease. The LCC Network recognizes that these challenges transcend political and jurisdictional boundaries and require a more networked approach to conservation—holistic, collaborative, adaptive and grounded in science to ensure the sustainability of America's natural and cultural resources.
As a collaborative, LCCs seek to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify gaps, and avoid duplication through improved conservation planning and design. Partner agencies and organizations coordinate with each other while working within their existing authorities and jurisdictions.
LCC Network Resources:
LCC Network Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan identifies goals, objectives and example tactics that support the Network’s vision and mission in the areas of conservation strategy, collaborative conservation, science, and communications.
- A LCC Council of interagency, tribal, and non-governmental representatives has been named to provide national-level coordination and support for LCCs. The LCC Council will serve the LCC network by learning from them and helping to identify the ecological and institutional challenges faced by the LCCs that should be addressed at the national scale.
Department of the Interior Secretarial Order No. 3289
- In signing Secretarial Order No. 3289 on Sept. 14, 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar directed Department of the Interior bureaus to stimulate the development of the LCC network as a response to landscape-scale stressors, including climate change.