U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Region - State Wildlife Grant funds Landscape Conservation Cooperative Efforts in Alaska
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game
(ADF&G) are working together to conserve species, habitats, and ecosystems
on a landscape level. Our Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
recently approved a $1 million State Wildlife Grant to incorporate climate
change into Alaska’s strategic conservation plan and to fund participation
in the Service’s Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs).
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) are applied conservation science
partnerships between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal
agencies, states, tribes, NGOs, universities and stakeholders within a
geographically defined area. They are intended to be true cooperatives,
formed and directed by their partner agencies and organizations.
Nationwide, 21 LCCs have been identified.
Under the new grant, ADF&G will hire three new positions, including a
Program Coordinator, Ecologist and GIS Specialist. The Program Coordinator
will represent ADF&G on 3 to 4 LCCs in Alaska, providing each LCC with
ADF&G expertise, scientific data and analysis. An Ecologist will represent
ADF&G on 1 to 2 LCCs, collecting, reviewing and analyzing scientific data
and incorporating this data into LCC strategic plans. A GIS Specialist will
provide spatial-based data relevant to the LCCs state-wide.
The State Wildlife Grants Program provides federal grant funds for
developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their
habitats, including non-game species. Priority is placed on projects that
benefit those species of greatest conservation concern. Through this State
Wildlife Grant, our state-federal partnership will demonstrate the benefits
of cooperating on a landscape conservation level to maintain the diversity
of fish and wildlife species in Alaska and to address the biological
responses of natural systems to climate change.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to
conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for
the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and
trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific
excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated
professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our
work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
Posted: March 1, 2011
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