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|Q:||How much money is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spending to understand and respond to climate change?|
|A:||The Service has invested $20 million in the fiscal year that ends Oct. 1, 2010. The investment has catalyzed the formation of nine Landscape Conservation Cooperatives across the country, including two in the Southeast: the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC and the South Atlantic LCC. By 2012, our goal is to have 21 LCCs forming nationwide network.
These self-directed partnerships with federal, state, nonprofit and private conservation partners, are the cornerstone of the Department of Interior's overall climate change strategy. Working together, we are figuring out how climate change is affecting fish, wildlife and their habitats, and the best way to respond.
For 2011, the DOI has requested an additional $3.8 million to establish three more LCCs, and $8 million to develop additional planning and science capacities.