In this Newsletter - Steering Committee meeting details and logistics, LCC strategic plan and operational procedures update, and other LCC news.
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October 18 - 19 Steering Committee Meeting Logistics

With October quickly upon us, here are the things you need to know:  

Dates:     Tuesday October 18th 1 PM CDT start time & Wednesday, October 19th, 8:30 AM - about 4 PM
Note:      If you want to arrive on Monday the 17th, we are planning an informative field trip on the morning of the 18th.  
Meeting location:  Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport Hotel.
Lodging information: Please make your reservation by September 17th in order to get the reduced room rate of $145.00/night. Make your reservation online here 
The meeting page on our website contains the latest information, including a draft agenda.  More details coming soon. In the meantime, make sure to reserve your hotel room by September 17th

UMGL LCC Coordinator's Corner

Hello UMGL LCC Steering Committee and colleagues.  What a summer its been!  Depending on where you reside in the Great Lakes region you may have encountered extreme storms and precipitation, or just plain hot.  But, as I write this, the wind is blowing out of the north finally bringing a reprieve and starting our transition to fall.   
With the fall nearly upon us, it is time for us to meet again.  This time we'll be joined by our LCC neighbors to the south - the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC.  During our joint session we'll celebrate landscape conservation in the Midwest region, hear about our urban and State Wildlife Action Plan efforts, and start a discussion of a Midwest Conservation Vision.  To help with that last topic, our LCC friends from the DEEP south will provide an example of their work on the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy.  

On day two of the meeting, we'll roll out the final LCC Strategic Plan and discuss plan implementation and proposed changes to our operational procedures.  We've been "test driving" a new structure with our Aquatic Habitat Connectivity Collaborative that we believe will also be fruitful to apply to our other focus areas.  See below for details on these documents.

With Co-chair Jim Herkert's current term coming to a close, you have the opportunity to nominate the next Co-Chair.  Please see the previous Steering Committee Newsletter for details. 

We'll continue to post details and preparation materials for the upcoming meeting on our website.  Contact me if you are looking for something but can not find it there.  I will send one more short update prior to meeting.   

I look forward to seeing you all soon.  

-Brad Potter, Acting LCC Coordinator

Final Draft Strategic Plan and Draft Operational Procedures

Comments due by September 30, 2016.

Strategic Plan
During our May Steering Committee meeting we reviewed and accepted comments on a Draft of our LCC Strategic Plan.  Below are the major comments we received at the meeting:
  1. The identity statement should be formatted as a concise list of bullets.
  2. The diagram representing our conservation approach should better reflect the process of identifying and developing our focal areas.
  3. The document should better articulate how the work of the LCC interacts with other organizations, agencies, and initiatives.
  4. There needs to be a description of how the Steering Committee relates to the focal area work groups in regards to providing direction and oversight.
  5. Each focal area should have an approved LCC Steering Committee Charter.
The Strategic Plan Subcommittee took these comments and produced a Final Draft LCC Strategic Plan.  This new draft specifically addresses major comments 1 and 2 from above.  Comments 3 - 5 were better addressed in the LCC's Operational Procedures document.  If you have any comments on the Final Draft Strategic Plan please send them to me by September 30.  We are shooting for final approval at the fall meeting. 

Operational Procedures
We all know form follows function.  The Strategic Plan describes who we are, what we do, and why we do it, but it does not formalize any of the operational or structural aspects of the LCC - that is the purpose of the LCC Operational Procedures.  After reviewing the current Procedures, we felt some changes were necessary.  While much remains the same, we are proposing an additional aspect to our structure with the inclusion of Strategic Subcommittees for each focal area.  This change in structure should help to address the major comments 3 - 5 above.  We will spend time at the meeting discussing these operational changes, so please review the draft document beforehand.  If you have specific comments prior to the meeting, please send them to me by September 30.

You can find both documents posted on our website, or by clicking the links throughout.

Landscape Conservation News from the Region

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announce Recipients of the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 23, 2016) — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced more than $3 million in grants from its Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund (MBCF). The 22 grants will support the restoration of approximately 16,000 acres of habitat in areas identified by experts as key to the recovery of monarch butterfly populations.

The grants announced will draw nearly $6 million in matching contributions, generating a total conservation impact of $9 million.

The grants were awarded to nonprofit conservation organizations, government agencies and other stakeholders across 22 states, which in turn work with private landowners and a variety of additional partners to produce, collect, distribute and plant native milkweed and nectar plants needed by monarch caterpillars and butterflies. 

The full press release can be seen here: NFWF Monarch Fund 2016 Press Release

For more information about the NFWF Monarch Fund please visit or contact NFWF Monarch Fund project manager Traci Geifer at 612-564-7296, 
Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Coastal Conservation Work Highlighted at International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress 
Heather Stirratt, NOAA Steering Committee representative and UMGL LCC Coastal Conservation Work Group Co-chair, participated in a panel session representing our Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative work at the U.S. Pavilion during the IUCN conference earlier this week.  I encourage you watch her presentation and the panel session.  

Nice job Heather!
Parting Shot - Rainbow over Lake Michigan shoreline.
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