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​The Western Alaska LCC began in late 2010, when staff spent eight months visiting the region’s hub communities.  A science needs workshop was held in early 2011, with the goal for both efforts being to identify how the LCC can be the most useful to decision makers in western Alaska.  The Western Alaska LCC, the second LCC established in Alaska, received its first funding in April of 2011. 

Community meetings throughout the region in 2010-2011 were an open forum for potential partners to discuss LCC goals, share information, and gain insight and knowledge.  The L​​ocal Meetings Synthesis Report (PDF - 652 KB) summarizes common themes and suggestions that emerged from the meetings, which were useful in establishing early direction for the LCC.  Contact LCC staff for individual meeting summaries.​ 

The Western Alaska LCC is committed to collaborating with partners in order to build on each other's efforts. When the LCC first started, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was just starting a complementary Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA) process for the Seward Peninsula.  Local LCC me​etings in Fairbanks, Kotzebue, and Nome were held in conjunction with the REA to avoid duplication of effort and provide additional insight. More information about the now completed REA including meeting notes, final reports and data sources can be found at​ the BLM web site.

The “Shared Science Needs” workshop held in late April 2011 helped identify where the LCC may be most useful in addressing climate change related science and knowledge needs in western Alaska.  Results from the workshop have been critical in establishing the early science direction for the LCC.  Please see the Science Planning section for more information and for opportunities to give input on future focus areas for the LCC.  

In 2011 the LCC first received funding to contribute toward projects that would help meet the LCC’s mission and priorities.  Funding of projects continued in 2012 and 2013.  Project descriptions and information are available in the Projects section of this website.​