Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC shares three-year history, progress and future direction, in first-ever annual report
By Ashley Spratt
Since 2010, the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC has grown to represent more than 30 agencies and organizations across state and international 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 over the past three years,including a break down on spending, steering and technical committee membership, research progress, communications efforts and future direction.
In this report, steering committee co-chairs Tom Melius and Becky Humphries provide a broad perspective of LCC accomplishments, successes and ongoing efforts to connect cutting edge scientific research with on-the-ground natural resources management.
Since 2010, the LCC has provided nearly $3 million to research institutions working on increasing the scientific foundation for management of natural resources and the development of tools and frameworks to improve collaboration within the conservation community. LCC partners continue to zero-in on key science needs within the upper Midwest and Great Lakes natural resources community.
This year, technical committee members reviewed and proposed priorities for science and collaboration to guide conservation research and future investments. Climate change, terrestrial and aquatic connectivity, and energy development were identified among the partnership’s top priority resource challenges.
The report also highlights ongoing front-line research on climate change, information management and delivery, species vulnerability, aquatic connectivity, and additional investigations into large-scale natural resource challenges like renewable energy development, invasive species and land-use change.
The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes 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.
To view the full annual report visit: http://www.greatlakeslcc.org.