Upper Midwest & Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Our interactions and activities in the Framework: 

The Upper Midwest & Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is supporting a project assessing how an expansion of forest reserves and climate-adaptive management may improve ecological connectivity and resilience of the Northwoods under different climate scenarios.  The study is assessing resilience as the capacity for these systems to maintain extant forest communities and aboveground live biomass.  Methods include the use of a spatially explicit forest ecosystem model, LANDIS-II, and will cover areas in northern MN and northern lower MI that represent northern Great Lakes forest types.  Restoring and maintaining ecological connectivity is one of the primary climate change adaptation strategies available to land managers, and this study will be integrated into the Framework to link the results to land management throughout the Great Lakes region.  Learn more here.

Our broader climate change activities and perspectives: 

The Upper Midwest & Great Lakes LCC is a shared conservation community that develops a vision for sustaining natural and cultural resources, cooperates in the implementation of that vision, and collaborates in its refinement.  Conservation challenges, such as climate change, land use and cover change, and the spread of invasive species are occurring at an unprecedented scale and pace.  These threats are impacting the sustainability of natural and cultural resources in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. To face these threats, the LCC provides several shared services for the conservation community including:

  • The identification of regional priorities and conservation targets

  • Conservation strategies and decision tools based on factors limiting the achievement of natural resource objectives

  • Alignment of conservation efforts across jurisdictional boundaries

  • Organizing the scientific community toward the highest priority science needs 

The LCC serves as a bridge between science and natural resources management by facilitating the flow of information between federal, state, non-governmental, and private organizations and agencies vested in natural resource management with universities and other research entities.  Learn more about the LCC here.