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Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC Shares History,
Progress and Future Direction, in First Annual Report

By Ashley Spratt
External Affairs

Click to download report (3.7 MB pdf format)
Click here to download report (3.7 MB pdf format)

Since 2011, the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) has grown into a dynamic partnership committed to delivering practical and pragmatic tools for conservation. The partnership, led by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller, represents more than two dozen agencies and organizations across jurisdictional boundaries, committed to healthy ecosystems for current and future generations of fish, wildlife and people.

In January 2013, the LCC released its first annual report outlining the partnership’s accomplishments since 2011 including steering committee membership, strategic direction, research progress, communications efforts and future direction.

The report provides a broad perspective on the LCCs strategic direction and identification of focal areas to carry out the mission and vision of the LCC and its partners. With an initial budget of $200,000 the LCC began efforts to connect land managers with cutting-edge science that focuses on conserving tallgrass prairie and big river ecosystems through three primary focal areas:  restoration, agroecology and urban river corridors.

While the geography associated with the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC is predominantly agricultural and privately owned, the area also contains state and federally managed tracts of land including refuges, wildlife management areas, land trust parcels and nature preserves which provide habitat for a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial species.

The report also highlights ongoing front-line research on land-use change, best management practices for agriculture, aquatic conservation and restoration, species relocation techniques and social research on landowners’ incentives for conservation program participation.

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC has capitalized on pre-existing conservation communities and networks to engage with federal, state, non-governmental and tribal groups to ensure an open, two-way dialogue surrounding LCC activities. This annual report offers continued transparency and accountability on behalf of the partnership as the LCC forges ahead in 2013.

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Last updated: February 11, 2013