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Overview of the Great Northern LCC
The Great Northern LCC geographic area encompasses parts of the Columbia Basin, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sage Steppe of the Interior West.
What is the Great Northern LCC?
A partnership that is:
- Aligning and enacting a regional response to landscape conservation
- Sharing data, science, and capacity
- Working across boundaries and jurisdictions
How does the Great Northern LCC add value to existing efforts?
- Linking local resource needs and national conservation priorities
- A regional support mechanism and alignment vehicle for conservation programs: NAWCA, Joint Ventures, LWCF, Farm Bill, and SWiG
- Putting science in the hands of practitioners through shared tools and technical resources
What is the Great Northern LCC's vision and its values?
A collective vision: A legacy of land, water, and wildlife conservation and sustainable natural resource management through collaboration and coordination.
- Ecosystems and habitats
- Fish and wildlife (native and sport)
- Aquatic systems (ecological function, quality, and quantity)
- Lands important to Tribal and western heritages
- Traditional land uses (ranching, agriculture, and timber)
How does the Great Northern LCC support the development and delivery of conservation solutions?
The Details on Structure and Function
The structure and function of the Great Northern LCC is guided by the Governance Charter. This includes goals, guiding principles, organization structure, and many other components including a strategic conservation framework, which is under development. More information about how the GNLCC is governed can be found in its Governance Charter on the Business page.
The goal of the GNLCC is to coordinate, facilitate, promote, and add value to large landscape conservation to build resource resilience in the face of climate change and other landscape-level stressors through the following:
- Support Science Development
- Effect Coordination
- Inform Conservation Action
- Monitor and Evaluate
- Communicate and Educate
Organization structure of the GNLCC is comprised of the GNLCC coordinators and other staff, the Steering Committee, Advisory Team, and the Science and Partnership Communities.
- Work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve effectiveness of each organizations large scale landscape conservation programs and efforts
- Conduct open and frequent communications within the GNLCC network, between related climate change and landscape programs, and among the expanded climate change and landscape conservation community
- Consider and respect each participating organizations unique mandates and jurisdictions
- Coordinate with other committees, workgroups or organizations that add mutual value, maximize capacity, avoid redundancies, and leverage resources
- Focus on solving scientific, ecological and biological issues to promote scientifically-sound, outcome-based adaptive management
- Respect social, political and legal limitations while promoting solutions to landscape-level stressors (climate and others) that benefit the greater GNLCC conservation community
- Be transparent in operations and ensure equal and open access