2010 AWRA Alaska Section Annual Conference

Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative- An Overview - John Trawicki , Department of the Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service (co-authors: none)


During the last half-century, northern Alaska has been one of the most rapidly warming regions on earth. Changes already observed in arctic terrestrial landscapes include rapidly eroding shorelines, melting ground ice, and increased shrub growth at high latitudes.

Resource managers are increasingly challenged to anticipate the effects of climate-associated habitat change, and incorporate that understanding into conservation planning. Conservation of species, habitats and ecological processes must be addressed at the landscape scale. The complexity of understanding and responding to broad-scale habitat change demands a collaborative effort that closely links science and conservation.

Putting the Power of Collaboration to Work in Conservation
Land and resource management agencies in Alaska are working together to develop scientific capacity to address climate change and other stressors to Arctic wildlife species and habitats in an integrated fashion within a science conservation partnership called the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Arctic LCC).

The Arctic LCC will be a self-directed conservation partnership among the federal, state, and local government agencies, Tribes, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions and other entities operating within Arctic Alaska and northern Canada. The Arctic LCC will leverage funds, expertise and technology to provide the scientific and technical support necessary for maintaining abundant, diverse and healthy populations of fish, wildlife and plants across the Arctic. The Arctic LCC will be part of a seamless national, and ultimately international, network.

Additional Info: This overview would fit best in the section on north slope hydrology.

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