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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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Western Alaska LCC Funds                2-Year Climate Change Projects Focused on Terrestrial Systems 



Earlier this year we funded research projects that aim to inform decision makers about the climate change effects on terrestrial habitats, resources, and ecological services. 

Projects include understanding changes in berries, fire-permafrost dynamics, and bird habitat on the Yuk​on-Kuskokwim Delta; a traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) science study on the Mulchatna Caribou Herd, and improving monitoring methods for moose in low-snow years in Bristol Bay.

Stay tuned for more project updates!​ ​

​Science Webinars

Check out our webinar series that showcase the innovative science research that is ongoing in Western Alaska!

For more details and to view recordings of past webinars, visit our webinar page.​ 


25 October 2016
Rebecca Rolph, UAF, Impact of Lengthening Open Water Season on Alaska's Coastal Communities​

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Promoting Coastal Resilience

Final Event in a Series of Coastal Reslience Workshop Brings Together Tribal Leaders, Managers, Scientists, and Planners to Tackle Coastal Issues in Northwest Arctic Alaska
Following the success of four workshops held earlier this year to tackle coastal resiliency in various regions of Alaska, the final workshop is being held in Kotzebue Dec 7 and 8. For this event, the Western Alaska LCC has teamed up with several partners, including the Aleutian Bering Sea Islands LCC and the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, along with local organizers including Selawick Refuge and the Northwest Arctic Borough.


Participants from local tribes, universities, agencies, and nonprofits are gathering in Kotzebue to identify tools and strategies to address the challenges of a rapidly changing coast. The event provides a unique opportunity to network, share ideas and strategies, identify gaps in knowledge, and maximize collective efforts.
In addition to formal presentations and discussions during the workshop, a community event hosted during the first evening will provide the opportunity for the Kotzebue public and workshop participants to hear from Elders during a storytelling session, enjoy a community-prepared dinner, and watch a performance by the Northern Lights traditional Eskimo dancers.

Similar workshops this year have been held in the Aleutians at Unalaska, in the Bering Strait region at Nome, and in the Bristol Bay region at King Salmon.

Check out highlights posted on the Northern Latitudes' Facebook​ and Twitter​ and join the #CoastalChangeAK conversation!


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.

Register for the Ocean Acidification: State of the Science Worksho​p!

The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network is hosting a 2-day workshop Nov 30-Dec 1, at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott, inviting a broad audience across the state interested in ocean acidification issues.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Register by Nov 7.

Check out the Alaska Ocean Observing System website for more details!

​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 Coastal System focus for the federal fiscal years 2018-2017.  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.