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February Steering Committee Meeting Change - now via conference call - February 13th, 10 - Noon ET

We could not find a series of February dates that would work for both co-chairs and a quorum of steering committee members.  There is still some business to take care of so we will meet via conference call.  During the call we will review and approve actions in the annual budget and action plan.   

Save Monday, February 13th at 10:00 - noon ET for the call.  Call logistics, agenda, and Draft Annual Budget and Action Plan will be sent prior to the meeting.

Poll for next steering committee meeting

Please send me your availability for the following options by February 6th:
1).  March 29 (afternoon) - 30 (midday) 
2).  March 30 (afternoon) - 31 (midday)

Location: To be determined.  Contact me if you would like to host.
LCC Coordinator's Corner

Happy New Year!  Looking back to 2016 we made very good progress and had many accomplishments.  The LCC Strategic Plan was completed.  We rallied around our shared priorities.  Our coastal work had national and international exposure at major events at the
White House and in Hawaii (i.e., IUCN World Conservation Congress).  Products are reaching the hands of decision makers and conservation practitioners and they helping us make improvements.  These are just a few of the accomplishments; there are many others.  Coming soon is a annual report highlighting some of this work.  But most importantly, we have established many of the necessary building blocks for collaborative conservation in the region.  

The beginning of each new year is a good time to celebrate past successes, but it is also the time to think about the work ahead.  Based on our most recent conversations, below are a couple items that I personally would like to see progress on in 2017:
  • Draft regional conservation strategies (i.e, how do we get from "where we are today" to "where we want to be" in the future) for each focal area/landscape completed or initiated
  • LCC performance measurement and evaluation process that helps us learn and grow as a cooperative
Both of these items will be major agenda topics at our spring steering committee meeting.  If you have additional areas that you would like to see us focus on over the next year give me a call, or drop a reply to this newsletter.

Thank you and congratulations for all of our accomplishments in 2016!  It's time to keep the momentum going in 2017. 

Regards,

Bradly Potter

Landscape Conservation News from the Region

Coastal Wetland Decision Support Tools Now Available for Great Lakes


December 12, 2016

Two new Coastal Wetland Decision Support Tools are now available that will collectively provide a means for Great Lakes coastal wetland managers to analyze and map conservation efforts while maximizing restoration impact.

Responding to population pressures, fragmentation and other stressors that threaten long-term sustainability of coastal resources in the Great Lakes region, the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative has acted to unify federal agencies, state agencies and non-governmental organizations to form a Coastal Conservation Working Group. These tools are the next step in a Landscape Conservation Design process that began with that group setting targets and goals through partnership engagement and establishing a pilot area from Saginaw Bay, Michigan on Lake Huron to Western Lake Erie.  Continue reading here.

Example screen shot from the Western Lake Erie coastal wetland restoration assessment tool.

New Education Module Now Available
Responses to Climate Change


The new module, “Responses to Climate Change: What You Need to Know,” gives a brief overview of the adaptation options, resistance, resilience, transition, and how to incorporate them into natural resource planning.  The module also introduces the subjects of mitigation and restoration. 
 
The Climate Change Resource Center’s first education module, “Climate Change Science and Modeling,” provides a basic climate change foundation, the second module, “Climate Change Effects on Forests and Grasslands,” builds on that foundation, examining climate change effects around the country, and this third new module completes the series by focusing on climate change adaptation.  Interactive features allow users to control their learning experience, with opportunities to explore outside links and see examples of how managers are adapting to climate change on the ground.  The module is designed to provide flexibility for busy professionals and others who wish to understand observed and projected climate change effects; it can be completed in about 15-minutes and can be done in multiple sessions on the same device.  The main material is followed by a regional activity, which prompts users to create their own adaptation plan based on real-life examples.  Completing the activity will generate a personalized certificate.  The module is available on the CCRC education page.   
 
Parting Shot: Perch from Hamlin Lake, Michigan. See if you can catch one smaller on hook and line.  Note, the little guy was released unharmed after the photo.
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