Department of the Interior(DOI): Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative(LCC)
The Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCPO LCC) is one of 21 LCCs established by Secretarial Order No. 3289, which focus on on-the-ground strategic conservation efforts at the landscape level. LCCs are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource-management actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes, linking science and conservation delivery.
The GCPO LCC will facilitate conservation planning and design across this highly diverse region in southeastern North America that extends for 180 million acres from the mountain tops of the Ozark, Boston and Ouachita ranges, to the pine savanna and prairies of the West and East Coastal Plains, down into the swamps, bayous and alluvial bottomlands of the Mississippi River and Tributaries, and along the beachfronts and shorelines of the northeast Gulf Coast.
The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s contribution, commitment and participation in the GCPO LCC will focus on natural resource processes directly associated with supporting and sustaining fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. Specifically, the Service will join others in establishing population objectives for priority species, identifying relationships between species and habitats and other limiting factors, and helping coordinate conservation and development actions to inform where and how much habitat is needed to sustain fish and wildlife populations. Developing and coordinating adaptation strategies for the GCPO LCC in response to climate change and other key stressors (e.g. urban growth, water quality and quantity, and invasive species) represents a primary focus of the Service’s interest in participating in this and other LCCs.