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Accurate, high resolution information does not exist for consistent status and trend assessments of water quality and aquatic biotas throughout the >3,000,000 kilometers of rivers and streams in the U.S. Without that information, prioritization of limited resources for conservation and management proceeds inefficiently.

Federal agencies are increasingly supporting science and operational programs that provide context-specific data, information and tools for decision makers to improve practices and make risk management and adaptation decisions that are climate-and weather-sensitive.

The Great Northern LCC is pleased to announce the commitment of $700,000 to landscape science, information management, and capacity support for the fiscal year 2015. The list of projects can be viewed at FY15 Funding Allocation.

The Heart of the Rockies Initiative conservation atlas is an interactive DataBasin portal that allows our conservation partners to access and apply a dynamic compilation of science products in landscape integrity, connectivity, and climate change impacts and responses. Portal data are derived from numerous agency, university, and NGO led research and planning efforts.

The Climate Shield website hosts geospatial data and related information that describes specific locations of cold-water refuge streams for native Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout across the northwestern U.S.

Sample map of stream temperature

Social Ecological Systems Training and Education Program (SESTEP), initiated by the NSF-funded Mountain Social Ecological Observatory Network, is offering a new training program for professionals who work with complicated natural resource management issues.

The Great Northern LCC is pleased to announce the FY15 strategic science funding opportunity. Proposals targeting the priorities and specific criteria described in the Funding Guidance will be accepted until March 13, 2015 at 6pm Mountain Time / 5pm Pacific Time.

There will be two conference calls for questions about the Funding Guidance:

Questionnaire closes Dec 19

LANDFIRE has provided data products and services for ten years. The number of products and applications that use the data has grown considerably over that time period. Improved efficiencies in download capabilities and incorporation of data into web-based applications have increased the utilization of LANDFIRE data.

Riparian areas are key targets for conservation efforts aimed at promoting biological resilience to climate change. However, few methods are available to managers to prioritize specific riparian areas when developing climate adaptation strategies.

The analysis area (outlined in red) spanned the Pacific Northwest hydrologic region, excluding portions of Wyoming and Montana (dark gray).

A research team led by Dr. Clint Muhlfeld, USGS, and Dr. Erin Landguth, University of Montana, has developed a new modeling simulation framework to help guide the management of freshwater species in the face of climate change and other cumulative stressors.