U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

Five in Alaska – Part of a National Network

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) are applied conservation science partnerships between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies, states, tribes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities and stakeholders within an ecologically defined area. They are true cooperatives, formed and directed by their partner agencies and organizations. Visit the Service’s National LCC web site to learn more about the 22 LCCs across the nation.

For more information and to learn how you can participate please visit the respective LCC in your area. Contact information is below.

Map of Landscape Cooperatives
Terrestrial areas of the five LCCs within Alaska; marine areas of Alaska LCCs shown in dark blue.

Alaska Region Peer Review

In order to ensure the quality and credibility of the scientific information we disseminate to the public, the Fish and Wildlife Service has implemented a formal “peer review” process for influential scientific documents.

While we have always consulted experts to ensure that our science is sound, through this peer review process we will follow the guidelines for Federal agencies spelled out in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) “Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review,” released December 16, 2004.

Part of the peer review process is to provide information on the Web about how each peer review is to be conducted, as summarized below and described in detail in this checklist. Each peer review plan will include the following information:

  • Document title and short description
  • Information about the kind of peer review process to be conducted, the anticipated number of reviewers, the reviewer expertise and selection method
  • Opportunities for public participation
  • Service staff contact information 


Peer Review Agenda 
We have identified the following Alaska Region documents as meeting the OMB criteria for peer review of influential or highly influential scientific information. Click on a title to get more information about that document and the peer review process we have planned for it. This list will be updated as necessary.

Date Document Title
10/31/2019 Seismic survey design and potential impacts to maternal polar bear dens
12/2016 Peer Review Plan for Pacific Walrus Status Assessment
   
Date Document Title
6/2015 Peer Review Plan for Archipelago Wolf Status Assessment
9/10/2015 Peer Review Summary Report: Draft Status Assessment for the Alexander Archipelago Wolf
10/23/2015 Archipelago Wolf Final Status Assessment
   
2/13/2013 Peer review plan for the Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Wood Bison in Alaska
3/2014 Peer Review Comments on the proposed establishment of a nonessential experimental population of wood bison in Alaska
5/7/2014 Final Rule on the Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Wood Bison in Alaska
12/11/2013 Draft Peer Review Plan for the listing evaluation for the yellow-billed loon
3/2014

Peer Review Comments on the listing evaluation for the yellow-billed loon:

Alaska Department of Fish and Game comments
University of Alaska comments
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources comments
North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management comments

10/1/2014 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Yellow-billed Loon as an Endangered or Threatened Species Notice of 12 Month Petition Finding
   
6/2013 Peer Review Plan for the Listing evaluation for the Kittlitz’s murrelet
7/2013 Peer Review Comments on the Listing Evaluation for the Kittlitz’s murrelet
10/3/2013 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Kittlitz’s Murrelet as an Endangered or Threatened Species Notice of 12 Month Petition Finding
   
8/1/2012 Listing the British Columbia Distinct Population Segment of the Queen Charlotte Goshawk Under the Endangered Species Act Final Rule (peer review comments begin on page 45872)
   
1/9/2007 Peer Review Contacts for the Proposed Rule to List the Polar Bear as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act
4/2007 Peer Review Comments on the Proposed Rule to List the Polar Bear as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act
2/25/2008 United States Fish and Wildlife Service responses to comments on USGS reports prepared in support of the Polar Bear Listing Decision
5/15/2008 Determination of Threatened Status for the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Throughout Its Range Final Rule
   
6/19/2006 Peer Review Contacts for the Range-wide Status Review of the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
8/2006 Peer Review Comments on the Range-wide Status Review of the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
12/21/2006 Range-wide Status Review of the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)