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.

The Basics

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?

A landscape that sustains its diverse natural systems to support healthy and connected populations of fish, wildlife, and plants; sustains traditional land uses and cultural history; and supports robust communities

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

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.

Guiding Principles
  1. Work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve effectiveness of each organizations large scale landscape conservation programs and efforts
  2. 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
  3. Consider and respect each participating organizations unique mandates and jurisdictions
  4. Coordinate with other committees, workgroups or organizations that add mutual value, maximize capacity, avoid redundancies, and leverage resources
  5. Focus on solving scientific, ecological and biological issues to promote scientifically-sound, outcome-based adaptive management
  6. Respect social, political and legal limitations while promoting solutions to landscape-level stressors (climate and others) that benefit the greater GNLCC conservation community
  7. Be transparent in operations and ensure equal and open access

More Information

More about the GNLCC

National LCC Network

Climate Science Centers

  • Two Department of Interior Climate Science Centers, the Northwest and North Central, serve the Great Northern area.