Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Our interactions and activities in the Framework: 

The geographic boundary of the Appalachian LCC spans a total of 15 states; from southern New York to Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. It extends westward to the central hardwoods of Tennessee, Kentucky, and parts of Indiana and Illinois including the two major river drainage basins that flow into the Ohio River Basin. The Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative is an applied science and management partnership working to protect natural lands, valued resources and the biological diversity that provide environmental benefits and services to the human communities across the region.

The Mission of the Appalachian LCC is to achieve sustainable landscape-level conservation in Appalachia through partnerships, shared resources, enhanced science-based management capacity, landscape-level planning, and support for conservation actions and research as part of a national network. The Appalachian LCC contributes climate change expertise and networking to the Central Appalachians Framework, and coordinates with the Framework to identify areas of collaboration. The Framework also participates in LCC expert communities of practice.

Our broader climate change activities and perspectives: 

To better appreciate the science and management needs of the partners, in 2011 the LCC convened a Conservation Priorities Workshop attended by a group of over 150 researchers and managers. Understanding how land use and climate change will affect valued ecological resources was identified as a top science need at this meeting. In 2012, the Appalachian LCC tasked NatureServe with addressing this need by supporting multi-scale climate change vulnerability assessments to identify Appalachian habitats and species, especially range-restricted and endemic ones that would be most vulnerable to climate change. Support for Understanding Land Use and Climate Change in the Appalachian Landscape will compile climate change vulnerability assessments and other relevant information on vulnerable species and habitats, discern the various methodologies and criteria used in these assessments, and use a team of exert peer reviewers to recommend the most efficient, effective, and appropriate methods for adoption by the Appalachian LCC for conservation and adaptation planning. The recommended method will then be deployed, resulting in vulnerability assessments for a suite of key species/habitats selected in consultation with partners of the Appalachian LCC. A database listing the vulnerability assessments of selected species and habitat will be created and made available online.