During our first year we took three major steps in
determining how to focus LCC activities.
First, we visited hub communities in western Alaska in 2010 even before
the LCC was officially formed to find out what potential LCC partners thought
would be a useful niche for the LCC. We
created a Local Meeting Synthesis Report, and Community Reports from
each meeting. After the local meetings we held a Management Framing Workshop with the land and resource
management agencies to discuss the types of decisions that they make and
identify where they have common science/information needs. The results from this meeting helped us to
establish the framework for the Western Alaska LCC Shared Science Needs workshop held in April 2011.
The information gathered, and the lessons learned during our
first three years helped set the stage for the long-term science framework that we are now
initiating. Once finalized, this science
framework will guide how the LCC focuses its activities through 2020. A two year operating plan will be developed
to provide more specific information about the LCC’s focus for each two year
funding period. The FY14-15 Science and Operating Plan is available now.