About the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative

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The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have partnered to develop the Desert LCC. The Desert LCC is a bi-national, self-directed, non-regulatory regional partnership formed and directed by resource management entities as well as interested public and private entities in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Desert regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Through collaborative partnerships, the Desert LCC seeks to provide scientific and technical support, coordination, and communication to resource managers and the broader Desert LCC community to address climate change and other landscape-scale ecosystem stressors.

The vision for the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative is "Resilient landscapes capable of responding to environmental challenges and supporting natural and cultural values for current and future generations."

The mission of the Desert LCC collaborative partnership is to provide scientific and technical support, coordination and communication to resource managers and the broader Desert LCC community to address issues that are too complex for any one entity to manage alone.

The Desert LCC, through its cooperators, is working to identify the science needs related to resource management at broad spatial scales and facilitate the development, integration and application of scientific information and decision-support tools that will inform resource management decisions.

  • We are part of an international network of public-private partnerships that support landscape conservation.
  • We are leaders representing interests and resources in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan desert regions and montane sky islands and Sierra Madre Occidental of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
  • We are integrators of science and management.
  • Because together we can solve problems that are too big for any one organization to solve alone.
  • Because our strength lies in our collective ability to support the sustainable management of our cultural and environmental resources.
  • Because the social, cultural, and economic well-being of people is dependent on the ecological health of our diverse region.
  • Because effective landscape level conservation considers regional and local perspectives.
  • Because collaboration that incorporates both human and ecological considerations creates sustainable results.

We create connections between people

  • We build trusting relationships and reliable networks to create sustainable conservation results.
  • We strengthen connections among separate conservation initiatives:
  • by focusing on the things we hold in common.
  • by establishing shared goals, objectives, and measurements of success.
  • by sharing experiences, expertise, information, and lessons learned.

We grow commitment for cooperative landscape conservation

  • We increase and leverage human, financial, and information resources for efforts that promote cooperative conservation:
  • by identifying and overcoming barriers to effective collaboration.
  • by seeking out diverse perspectives.
  • by connecting local issues to regional perspectives.
  • by integrating knowledge and expertise in the human dimensions of conservation and resource management.
  • by incorporating the significance of cultural resources and sites to indigenous peoples.
  • by sharing stories about people’s connection to landscapes.

We increase the capacity of our partners to integrate science into decision-making.

  • We increase capacity for collaborative science: 
    • by creating and maintaining forums that bring researchers and decision makers together to solve problems.
    • by designing processes and opportunities for learning.
    • by bridging communication and information gaps between different sectors and disciplines.
    • by facilitating discussions about how to prioritize limited resources under rapidly changing ecological conditions.
  • We increase the understanding of ecological health and resiliency:
    • by identifying and developing science that allows managers to respond to a changing climate and other landscape stressors.
    • by providing tools, networks, and processes to support more confident decisions in the face of environmental uncertainty.
    • by coordinating data management and accessibility.
    • by considering Traditional Ecological Knowledge in shaping our actions.
    • by seeking ways to link existing data on physical, ecological, social, economic, and health variables relevant to climate decisions and developing new information as needed.

We enable our partners to implement landscape conservation

  • We identify opportunities to integrate efforts that collectively benefit our diverse landscape:
    • by promoting innovation.
    • by promoting discussion to link theory and practice.
    • by developing recommendations for climate change adaptation actions for cultural and natural resources.
    • by monitoring and evaluating processes and outcomes to learn and improve future efforts.