Resource: Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
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Title: Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
Resource type: Program/project
Topics: Ecosystems, Land Use, Statewide/Global
Keywords: ecosystems, partnerships, conservation
Audience: All
Region: Minnesota Statewide, Outside Minnesota
Summary: These public-private partnerships work to ensure the sustainability of our lands, waters, wildlife and cultural resources.
Content: The following language is adapted from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service web site below:

Protecting the natural and cultural resources and landscapes is essential to sustaining our quality of life and economy. Native fish and wildlife species depend on healthy rivers, streams, wetlands, forests, grasslands and coastal areas in order to thrive. Managing these natural and cultural resources and landscapes, however, has become increasingly complex. Land use changes and impacts such as drought, wildfire, habitat fragmentation, contaminants, pollution, invasive species, disease and a rapidly changing climate can threaten human populations as well as native species and their habitats.

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) are public-private partnerships that recognize these challenges transcend political and jurisdictional boundaries and require a more networked approach to conservation - holistic, collaborative, adaptive and grounded in science to ensure the sustainability of our lands, waters, wildlife and cultural resources.

Participating agencies and organizations are able to identify shared priorities and develop the tools and products necessary for action, while working within their existing authorities and jurisdictions.

The 22 LCCs in North America collectively form a network of land, water, wildlife, and cultural resource managers, scientists, and interested public and private organizations - within the U.S. and across our international borders - that share a common need for scientific information and interest in conservation.

An interactive map of LCCs can be found at

* Note that the web site of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC which includes most of Minnesota can be found at
* Portions of western and southwestern Minnesota are in the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC with a web site at

* Small portions of southern Minnesota are in the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC with a web site at

Suggested by: Paul Moss
Added: 09/18/12
Updated: 12/3/12