California LCC Climate-Smart Conservation Funding

The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Steering Committee has approved 2015 funding for three "climate-smart" ecosystem process projects totaling $360,000. The focus for FY 2015 funding is to support increased understanding of the impacts of changing hydrologic regimes and processes on species, habitats, and ecosystems that will lead to development of Climate-Smart Conservation actions by natural resource managers.

This and future funding from aims to fill the CA LCC's Science-Management Framework. The Framework identifies the process by which the CA LCC provides scientific support for natural resource managers to incorporate Climate-Smart Conservation strategies into their management actions.

The 2015 CA LCC Climate-Smart Ecosystem Process Projects are:

Protecting the Headwaters in a Changing Climate: Managing Sierra Nevada Meadows for Water Supply and Habitat Benefits (American Rivers, El Dorado National Forest)

Assessing the impacts of future climates and fire on hydrologic regimes in the Mediterranean type ecosystems of southern California (UC Davis, USGS, USFS)

Effects of changing hydroperiod on reproductive occupancy of threatened Central California tiger salamander in vernal pool and seasonal wetlands in the CA Central Valley under different climate scenarios (Conservation Science Partners, USFWS, Westervelt Ecological Services) 

During the last three years (through 2015) the CA LCC has conducted workshops, trainings and interviews to assess natural resource managers’ science needs. These managers and the Science- Management Team consistently identified a set of high-priority needs that focused on useful science information, decision support and the need to incorporate climate change impacts into management strategies and actions.

Those identified actions include:

  • Science information delivery and exchange - Information that is accessible, relevant and useful to support resource manager decision making.
  • Decision-support - Methods, tools and processes (e.g., vulnerability assessment, conservation design) that are relevant and useful to support resource manager decision making.
  • Climate-smart principles strategies and actions - New and promising conservation practices and “on-the-ground” tools for achieving clearly defined goals within a changing climate.


Publication Date: June 2015

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