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Changes afoot for GCPO Geomatics Staff

Just shy of three years ago, I took a bold leap and joined the GCPO LCC team as Geomatics Coordinator.  I can now say without a doubt that it was one of the best decisions of my life.  When I first introduced myself as LCC staff I said “I believe whole-heartedly in the partnership-based vision necessary to address landscape-scale ecological sustainability.”  That sentiment is even stronger today as we’ve made such tremendous progress working toward the first LCC conservation…

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Post-doctoral Research Associate - Mississippi State University (MSU) is seeking a Post-doctoral Research Associate to be located at the Coastal Research and Extension Center (http://coastal.msstate.edu/) in Biloxi, MS along the beautiful coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Outstanding candidates with an excellent academic record and research interest/expertise in Structured Decision Making and Adaptive Resource Management, Avian Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, and/or…

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After one and a half years of meetings, conference calls, data calls, flow charts, number crunching, map prototypes, consultations, and revisions, version 1.0 of the GCPO LCC’s Conservation Blueprint is ready.  You can find all the data sets and documentation freely available in the Blueprint Gallery on the GCPO’s Conservation Planning…

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Two weeks ago I attended the Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation (SePPCon) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Held on the grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and organized by the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Center for Southeastern Conservation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, National Wildlife Refuge Association, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and…

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Last week was a big week for the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC. First, we had a celebration of the first 5 years of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy, a.k.a. SECAS, at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in Baton Rouge, LA. That was followed by our own GCPO LCC Steering Committee meeting, where we unveiled our Version 1.0 of the GCPO’s…

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Did you know that within the 275 million-acre Southeast region of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) which includes 10 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, only 4 million acres are owned and managed by the agency? A similar pattern holds true throughout the entire 15-state (plus Caribbean) region of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). The world’s 36th recognized biodiversity “hotspot,” the North American Coastal Plain, spans 13 of the…

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Do you know individuals or organizations that are making a difference to increase understanding of climate impacts on natural resources and/or providing innovative approaches to reducing impacts, improving response capabilities, and increasing resilience in a changing climate? 

Nominate them today for the 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources and help us recognize their outstanding efforts to increase awareness and safeguard U.S.…

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The following two webinars culminate more than two years of research work supported by the GCPO LCC.  The two projects fill important data gaps identified in the Integrated Science Agenda.  The Society of American Foresters has approved continuing forestry education (CFE) credit for the first…

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Introduction:

While never a dominant feature in the landscape, natural grassland systems once formed an ecologically cohesive and important “archipelago” or “shifting mosaic” of patches of open grasses and broad-leaved herbaceous flowering plants called forbs, usually on calcareous soils in belted formations, across much of the East and West Gulf Coastal Plains and, more rarely, in parts of the Ozark Highlands and Gulf Coast. About 99% of these landscapes have been converted to…

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Please register for Desired Ecological States for Wildlife Provided by Open Pine in Managed Forests on Sep 29, 2016 1:00 PM CDT at: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7564974627612986369

If you are a forester, private landowner, or state/federal agency habitat manager, then you will want to learn the results of a project assessing "…

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Natural and cultural areas that will remain similar to what they are today – despite climate change – need to be identified, managed and conserved as “refugia” for at-risk species, according to a study published today in PLOS One. The study sets…

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“Rather than completing research projects without anyone at the finish line to greet us, I want a whole bunch of people standing by with their arms outstretched just waiting for the handoff to get our results.”  Those are the words of Kim Winton, Director of the South Central Climate Science Center, which is now in the midst of a significant planning effort to improve and increase what the…

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Summer Vacations, and Landscapes Transformed

I went on Shore, & passed thro the plain passed Several noles to the top of a high artificial Noal from the top of this noal I had an emence, extensive & pleaseing prospect, of the Countrey around, I could See the meandering of the Little River for at least 10 miles winding thro  a meadow of 15 or 20000 acres of high bottom land covered with Grass about 4 1/ 2 feet…

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The Ecological Assessment of estuarine tidal marsh uses existing digital geospatial data to assess three basic themes as they relate to desired ecological states for the system: How much of the ecological system is in the desired ecological state? How much more is needed? Where is the system already in the desired ecological state and where are opportunities to manage for these conditions? This information will provide a vital foundation to aid Gulf Coast conservation practitioners in making…
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Got quail?

The USDA Farm Service Agency has just made it a little easier for farmers to provide habitat for quail and other upland birds.  

Enrollment of center pivot corners in the Continuous CRP practice CP33, Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds, provides valuable food and cover for quail and upland birds on marginal cropland areas, helping re-connect bobwhites and cropland. Beginning January…

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