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Collaborative Venture Between Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station

Photo of Infographic that demonstrates the approach for developing vulnerability assessments for Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative partners designed to maximize the integration of partner feedback. Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative.Infographic that demonstrates the approach for developing vulnerability assessments for Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative partners designed to maximize the integration of partner feedback. Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative.Snapshot : Successful management of natural and cultural resources needs to account for increasing stress due to climate change, wildfire, and anthropogenic disturbance and requires collaborative processes to identify effective strategies at landscape scales. Recognizing this need, the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SRLCC) is implementing a landscape conservation design framework to develop data and tools for use during land management planning, with relevance to multiple stakeholder groups. Forest Service scientists at the agency’s Rocky Mountain Research Station partnered with the SRLCC to provide expertise and analytical data products to use towards this effort.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Friggens, Megan M.  
Research Location : Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Research Station : Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)
Year : 2016
Highlight ID : 943

Summary

The Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SRLCC) is a self-directed partnership consisting of state and federal agencies, tribes and non-governmental organizations that own and/or manage natural and cultural resources. SRLCC partners adopted a strategic conservation framework, identified geographic focal areas, and focal cultural and natural resources that guides SRLCC investments.

The Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station joined with the SRLCC to develop science and tools that address partner identified needs for management at the landscape scale. As part of this effort, the SRLCC conducted two Adaptation Forums in May 2016, in Durango, Colo., and Albuquerque, N. Mex., to deliver and develop relevant science and decision support tools for practitioners based on previous and ongoing SRLCC projects. During these forums, scientists met with federal, state and private land managers to identify priority management issues and focal areas for vulnerability assessment and adaptation options of locally significant resources. Equipped with this information, the station is developing vulnerability assessments and associated data products for select conservation targets to assist landscape-planning efforts within the two geographic focus areas.

The station will continue its partnership with the SRLCC over the next two years to develop adaptation strategies that are both feasible and effective for reaching conservation targets of a wide range of partner organizations.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Deborah Finch, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Max Smith, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Collaborator
  • John Rice, SRLCC Science Coordinator, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • Kevin Johnson, SRLCC Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service