Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative
The GCPO LCC is working closely with the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture, Frank Thompson of the US Forest Service Northern Research Station, Hong He of the University of Missouri, and a diverse group of partners including nonprofits and national forests to assess the impact of climate change on forests. (see newsletter article, Change in the Central Hardwoods and How to Manage It). The goal is to develop a set of tools that will allow people to visualize not only broad scale climate change effects, but effects at the tree stand level to support “climate smart” conservation and forest management. Specifically, the GCPO LCC will assist in supporting and developing models that show how climate change can impact forest species composition, landscape pattern, and wildlife habitat. Vulnerability assessments of key species will also improve the model’s projections concerning how change may affect those organisms.
The Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCPO LCC) describes both a unique geographic region in southeastern North America as well as a new kind of conservation partnership. The GCPO LCC works to bring together diverse existing projects and partnerships throughout our 180-million acre region by providing a level of value-added, such as ecosystem modeling, development of decision support tools, or staff and resources to address unmet but widely recognized needs. Our goal is to define a common vision for sustaining GCPO natural resources in the 21st century that relies on adaptive management to respond adequately to urbanization, climate change, invasive species, and other threats threats. A factsheet is available for download.