Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

California Landscape Conservation Cooperative Awards More Than $831,000

May 19, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 19, 2011

Contacts:
Debra Schlafmann, (916) 278-9414
Rebecca Fris,  (916) 278-9415

California Landscape Conservation Cooperative Awards More Than $831,000
for Climate Science Projects in California

SACRAMENTO -- Projects that will help to build a foundation of  information and lead to decision-support tools for resource managers including one-stop access to climate change science, sea level rise planning tools, and data and monitoring protocols will receive more than $831,000 from the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (California LCC), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. 

Nine projects, ranging from a study of effects of climate change on inland fishes of California, to developing an online risk mapping tool for prioritizing management of invasive plants, received funding from the California LCC steering committee.  More than 39 project proposals from agencies and groups across California were evaluated for funding.

Facilitated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California LCC is a partnership of federal and state agencies, tribes and conservation groups that focuses on landscape-scale planning and collaboration across science and management disciplines to address the challenges of climate change on fish and wildlife resources in an integrated fashion across a broad landscape.  Funds were awarded to California LCC partner organizations and will involve numerous additional conservation groups.

“These projects support natural resource managers who are making decisions now about managing wildlife and their habitats in a changing environment,” said California LCC Coordinator Debra Schlafmann. 

Last year, the California LCC awarded more than $858,000 to fund 11 projects in California.  LCC funding awards differ from other grant programs operated by the Service.  Awards are dedicated solely to science needs that will support natural resource conservation decisions and actions and although strongly encouraged the funds do not require a partner match.  This year the approved projects leveraged their funding by 200 percent with partners contributions. 

A list of grant recipients and projects is available at: http://californialcc.org .
More information about the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative and other LCCs in the Pacific Southwest Region is available at http://www.fws.gov/cno/climate.html

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