The Big Dry Arm Spring Storm in the Great Basin Red Cliffs Desert Tortoise Reserve March Morning on the Platte River After a Spring Storm in the Great Basin Hunting Upland Birds at Kingsbury Lake Waterfowl Production Area Sandhill Migration on the Platte River Badlands Sunrise The Green River at Ouray NWR North Park Lupines Moab Sunset

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives


Managing the landscapes that provide our natural and cultural resources has become increasingly challenging. To meet this challenge, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) were launched to better integrate science and management to address climate change and other landscape scale issues. By building a network that is holistic, collaborative, adaptive, and grounded in science, LCCs are working to ensure the sustainability of our economy, land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources. The Great Northern and Southern Rockies LCCs, which are administered by the Mountain-Prairie Region, are two of 22 LCCs spanning North America.


Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Encompassing a binational landscape covering nearly 300 million acres, the Great Northern LCC geography extends from interior British Columbia to southwest Wyoming. The partnership is working toward landscape integrity goals that include three types of conservation targets: ecological processes, ecosystems and habitats, and species.

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Photo of a Black-footed Ferret. Credit: J. Michael Lockhart/USFWS

Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Covering more than 127 million acres, the Southern Rockies LCC geography spans portions of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The partnership is working toward goals that address five resources: cultural, streamflows, native fish, mule deer and elk, and sagebrush steppe.

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The LCC Network»

SHC Elements: Biological Planning, Conservation Design, Delivery, Monitoring, and Research. Credit: USFWS.Twenty-two LCCs collectively form a network of resource managers and scientists who share a common need for scientific information and interest in landscape conservation.
Each LCC brings together federal, state, and local governments along with Tribes and First Nations, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and interested public and private organizations. LCC partners work
collaboratively to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify science gaps, and avoid duplication through conservation planning and design.

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: July 26, 2019
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