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Our Mission

The Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative promotes coordination, dissemination, and developme​nt of applied science to inform landscape level conservation, including terrestrial-marine linkages, in the face of landscape scale stressors, focusing on climate change. ​

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Upcoming webinars are listed below.  For more details, or for recordings of past webinars, visit our webinar page.​ 

Webinars will resume in Oct 2016.


25 May: Christine Woll (The Nature Conservancy, Alaska) Hydrologic alterations from climate change inform assessment of ecological risk to Pacific salmon in Bristol Bay, AlaskaDetails here.​​ ​

4 May: Ryan Toohey (USGS AK Climate Science Center & AK Science Center) Alaska stream temperature community: data storage, harvesting and disseminationDetails here.​​

27 April: Prajna Regmi Lindgren (Un. of Alaska, Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute) Landsat-Based Lake Distribution and Changes in Western Alaska between 1972 and 2014Details here.​​

Terrestrial Systems  for FY16/17

The Steering Committee has selected the LCC's FY16 projects from their recent Request for Proposals. Look back here for details in the coming days. For more information on the RFP, go here

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Promoting Coastal Resilience

Three Alaska LCCs (Western Alaska, Aleutian Bering Sea Islands, and Arctic) and the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association have been working with many partners on four workshops Promoting Coastal Resilience & Adaptation in Arctic Alaska. The first workshop was recently held in Nome (10, 11 May).  Much of the excitement, engagement, and sharing of ideas was captured on the Northern Latitudes facebook page. ​The Nome Nugget recently wrote up a local summary of the event (here).

New Coastal Adaptation Guidance
NOAA recently released a Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation, along with a companion self-guided online resource How to Consider Climate Change in Coastal Conservation. The Guide provides stepwise approach for planning, with links to tools, information and other resources specifically focused on climate and habitat considerations of the coastal environment.  The How-To provides brief instructions on each step and quick online access to the most applicable tools and will be periodically updated with new resources.

Both products are available on NOAA's Digital Coast under 'Training' and on their Green Infrastructure topics page.

NEW Invasive Plant ID Apps for iPhones and Android smartphones and tablets

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Have you wondered whether that plant you see on the side of the trail belongs in Alaska?  We are pleased to provide you with a new smartphone App to help you identify and report invasive plants throughout Alaska.  The Western Alaska LCC partnered with the Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks' Cooperative Extension Service, and the Univ. of Georgia's Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health to create this new App.  More information about the App and how to find it can be found here.  


​Science and Decision-Maker Needs

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The ability to achieve our mission - providing science products that can help support conservation efforts - depends on successfully identifying what information decision makers need. Selection of topics for LCC focus takes place through workshops with decision makers and experts as well as Steering Committee deliberations. We are now determining our Terrestrial System focus for the federal fiscal years 2016-2017.  The LCC has an ongoing requirement that project proposals include contact information for decision makers who would utilize the proposed products. Learn more about LCC priorities and how they are determined on the Science page. ​ 

LCCs in Alaska

There are five LCCs in Alaskapart of an LCC National Network comprised of 22 individual LCCs that span most of the continent.