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Steering Committee Meeting - April 16, 2014

Portland Masonic Temple, 415 Congress St., Portland, Maine

Steering Committee Agenda
April 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Portland, ME

Call Information

Teleconference Number:      866-762-5634

Participant Passcode: 5866227 #

Overall Goals of Meeting: Consensus on: vice chair, executive committee, new members; priorities for and balance between science development and science delivery; advancing LCC communications; continued involvement in SWAP updates; supporting landscape conservation design; and achieving LCC coastal priorities through Hurricane Sandy resiliency projects.

Agenda Items

Discussion Leader

Handouts and Presentations


BREAKFAST (provided)


7:00 a.m.

1. Welcome and introductions. Review agenda, approve minutes from the last meeting (November 2013)

Jim Connolly (ME), Ken Elowe (FWS)

Handout 1 – Agenda

Handout 2  – Attendance List

Handout 3 – Minutes from 11/5/2013 meeting

8:00 a.m.

2. Action items for last Steering Committee meeting and actions taken

Andrew Milliken (LCC)

Handout 4 – Action items status
8:20 a.m.
3. Selection of vice-chair, discussion of Executive Committee and consideration of new members. Expected Meeting Outcome: Consensus on new vice chair, Executive Committee and new members.

Ken Elowe, all

Handout 5 - LCC Governance and Structure

Handout 6 - Letter for consideration of Membership from New England Wild Flower Society

8:30 a.m.

4. National Updates including purpose and status of LCC Council, FY14 allocation process and budget outlook for FY15. Expected Meeting Outcome: Understanding how LCC can relate to Council, how budgets are allocated and future budget outlook.

Elsa Haubold (National Coordinator - FWS)

Handout 7 - LCC Council Summary and Membership

8:45 a.m.
5. State of the LCC. Review of progress on goals and objectives of LCC, next steps for the coming year and budget review. Expected Meeting Outcome: Consensus on next steps for LCC partnership and staff.

Andrew Milliken, LCC Staff, all

Handout 8 – 2013 LCC Annual Report

Handout 9 -- 2013 Highlights

Handout 10 -- SIAS

Presentation: State of the LCC
9:00 a.m.
BREAK 9:45 a.m.
6. Review and discussion of budgets and progress for ongoing science projects. Expected Meeting Outcome: Review of LCC 2014 science needs process and progress on ongoing projects; consensus and guidance for technical committee on next steps.

Scot Williamson (WMI), Scott Schwenk (LCC)

Handout 11 – Project Budget summary; Handout 12 – 2014 science needs process
Handout 13 – Completed and ongoing project summaries

Presentation: LCC Budget Status

Presentation(s): Project Updates

10:00 a.m.
7. Recommendations on funding projects for Science Delivery and Demonstration Projects. Expected Meeting Outcome: Consensus on funding projects for Science Delivery and Demonstration Projects.

Steve Fuller (LCC), Delivery Team members, all

Handout 14  – Science Delivery recommendations Handout 15 - Science Delivery Proposal Summaries

Presentation: Science Delivery Recommendations

Science Delivery RFP

11:00 a.m.
LUNCH (provided) 11:45 a.m.
8. LCC national and regional communications. Expected Meeting Outcome: Review of communications opportunities and consensus on priorities and next steps.

David Eisenhauer (FWS), all

Handout 16 – North Atlantic LCC Communications Framework

LCC Winter 2014 Newsletter

12:30 p.m.
9. Updates on progress of LCC in providing regional information for State Wildlife Action Plan Updates and next steps.   Expected Meeting Outcome: Consensus on continued role of LCC in SWAP Updates.

Steve Fuller, Lori Pelech (LCC), John Kanter (NH F&G), all

Handout 17 – Summary of Northeast Regional Conservation Synthesis and Next Steps

Presentation: Northeast Regional Conservation Synthesis

12:45 p.m.
10. Landscape Conservation Design and the role of the LCC in supporting regional and landscape-scale conservation design, including pilot design effort in the Connecticut River Watershed. Expected Meeting Outcome: Discussion on how regional and landscape scale conservation design efforts fit together, next steps and how we can best learn from and build on them.


Ken Elowe, Andrew Milliken, Scott Schwenk, Steve Fuller

Handout 18 – Fact Sheet on Connecticut River Pilot for Landscape Conservation Design

Handout 19 -- Description of multiple scales of Conservation Design in the LCC

Presentation: Landscape Conservation Design at Multiple Spatial Scales in the LCC

1:15 p.m.
BREAK 2:00 p.m.
11. Discussion and consensus on supporting funding for science needs and science delivery. Expected Meeting Outcome: Consensus on support for LCC needs and guidance for technical and science delivery committees. Ken Elowe, all 2:15 p.m.

12. Department of the Interior Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Funding. Expected Meeting Outcome: Update on Hurricane Sandy Resiliency funding, including LCC-facilitated projects and opportunities for enhanced collaboration.

Rick Bennett (FWS), Amanda Babson (NPS), Pete Murdoch (USGS), Mike Rasser (BOEM), Andrew Milliken

Handout 20  – Summary of LCC facilitated and other relevant Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Science Projects

Presentation: LCC Hurricane Sandy Projects

2:30 p.m.
13. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study. Expected Meeting Outcome: Understanding how the study can support LCC needs.

Michelle Haynes (Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Handout 21 - Summary of North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study


Presentation: North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study

2:50 p.m.
14. Update from the Northeast Climate Science Center. Expected Meeting Outcome: Discussion of ongoing collaboration with Northeast Climate Science Center.

Mary Ratnaswamy (USGS) and Curt Griffin (UMass)

Handout 22 - Summary of Northeast Climate Science Center projects

3:10 p.m.
15. USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Expected Meeting Outcome: Understanding of purpose and opportunities for collaboration with new USDA Northeast Climate Hub.

David Hollinger, U.S. Forest Service

Handout 23 - Description of Northeast Climate Hub

3:30 p.m.

16. Other Business

Next Call/Meeting

Ken Elowe


3:45 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

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