39.2 - Consider other landscape-scale initiatives in new project areas
Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 43
Assessment of Status: Complete
The USFWS has two landscape-scale initiatives, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Strategic Habitat Conservation.
Supporting documentation and findings
Email Correspndence with Karen Prentice 4.26.13
In correspondence with Karen Prentice, National Healthy Landscapes Coordinator, she indicated:
"BLM is adopting a landscape approach and has begun to develop tools for landscape-level collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, conservation groups, and landowners. For example, BLM has completed two Rapid Ecoregional Assessments, has twelve additional REAs scheduled for completion by 2016, and will consider the REA information and similar information from other large-scale assessments in the identification of habitat core areas and corridors, and establishment of restoration priorities. BLM has restated its commitment to strategic restoration and partnership in Winning the Challenges of the Future and is currently establishing BLM funding targets for five year programs of work within currently and newly identified areas for restoration. BLM coordinates with place-based partners such as the Malpei Borderlands Group and regional partnerships such as the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to work on a landscape level."
Strategic Habitat Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that the strategic habitat conservation (SHC) "approach is built on five main components : (1) biological planning – working with partners to establish shared conservation targets and measurable biological objectives (i.e. population) for these outcomes, and identify limiting factors affecting our shared conservation targets; (2) conservation design – creating tools that allow us to direct conservation actions to most effectively contribute to measurable biological outcomes, (3) conservation delivery – working collaboratively with a broad range of partners to create and carry out conservation strategies with value at multiple spatial scales, and (4) outcome-based monitoring – evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions in reaching biological outcomes and to adapt future planning and delivery and (5) assumption driven research – testing assumptions made during biological planning to refine future plans and actions. Both monitoring and research help us learn from our decisions and activities and improve them over time."
The USFWS's Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC's) have as their mission, "to provide the science and technical expertise needed to support conservation planning at landscape scales..." As part of this effort, LCC's bring together various stakeholders at a cross boundary level to address broader habitat issues. Therefore, LCC's may provide a venue for formal, routine communication and coordination.