Update of the Eastern Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Land Cover Database to 2011 Using a LS2SRC Classification Approach
Concurrent with the geographic expansion of the Southeast GAP land cover mapping will be a change detection effort that will provide updated land cover for portions of the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks geography previously mapped based on 2001 imagery.
This project will use a Bayesian statistical framework to predict coastal erosion and inundation under a range of sea level rise scenarios. The Bayesian framework will also develop visualization products that will help natural resource managers anticipate sea level rise and adapt to the projected changes. Lastly, the frameworks will asses the potential impacts of sea level rise on coastal ecosystems and related wildlife resources.
This project maps glade complexes from aerial imagery at fine-scale resolution and ground truths the classified data. Phase I covers the Missouri Ozarks.
Changes in Forested Landscapes of Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Under Alternative Climate and Urban Growth Scenarios
This project will determine the effects of climate change, urbanization, succession, disturbance, and management on forest landscape change in the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks (GCPO) region for the period 2000-2100. The effects will be analyzed at 90-270 m resolution for the entire region under 4 climate scenarios, 3 forest management scenarios, and 2 urban growth scenarios.
This project will support the hiring of a detail position to work with the Geomatics Coordinator to complete current assessments of terrestrial systems focusing on landscape endpoints as described in the GCPO LCC’s Integrated Science Agenda, then begin the process of applying species endpoints to these landscapes through a Landscape Conservation Design process for the entire GCPO geography. This rapid ecological assessment will seek to answer the following questions: (1) How much habitat is in a desired ecological state, as defined by the Integrated Science Agenda? (2) How much more habitat is needed? (3) Where is habitat that is in the desired ecological state? (4) Where are opportunities to manage improved or...
Anabat surveys of bats are being coordinated across National Wildlife Refuges in the Southeast as part of a larger effort to monitor trends in abundance and distribution of bats
Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative Black Bear Habitat Assessment and Associated Landscape Endpoints
This project will improve the existing Louisiana and Ozarks black bear models by incorporating more accurate, up-to-date landcover data, detailed agricultural data, and urbanization data. The models will then be coupled to create a seamless final landscape scale model of black bear habitat that identifies areas of importance for bears and specific forest management endpoints needed to maintain or create quality bear habitat.
The GCPO LCC region contains some of the most diverse aquatic biota in the world. The streams and rivers on which this biota depends are valuable conservation and economic resources. However, fragmentation of streams and rivers by dams and other barriers is a primary threat to the health of resident and anadromous fish species in southern rivers. Conservation planning in the region requires an assessment of the degree of fragmentation of streams and rivers and potential impacts on fish populations. However, the ability to conduct a connectivity assessment is limited in the GCPO LCC region due to the lack of a comprehensive dataset of fish barrier locations, attributes, and links to basic river maps. SARP proposes...
Influence of Landscape and Stand-Scale Factors on Priority Wildlife Species in Open Pine Stand Types
The objectives of this study are to quantify occupancy rates for species endpoints in the open pine broadly defined habitat type.
This project maps glade complexes from aerial imagery at fine-scale resolution and ground truths the classified data. Phase Ii covers the Arkansas Ozarks.
A prioritization model for identifying potentially suitable but currently unoccupied habitats to target search and restoration efforts for the federally-threatened Louisiana Pearlshell Mussel.
Addressing Priority Science Needs of the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative
In 2012 the GCPO LCC recognized that advanced web-applications would be instrumental in delivering effective LCC science products. The LCC subsequently worked with staff at the USGS Wetlands and Aquatics Research Center and the University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL) to identify opportunities for advanced applications projects. Two potential needs identified included development of an interactive web-platform to track LCC-funded science projects, and collaboration with the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture to develop and implement a Forest Characterization Database to compile local and state-level forest inventory efforts that track bottomland hardwood management in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The products...
Establishing Explicit Biological Objectives to Guide Strategic Habitat Conservation for the Gulf Coast
The RESTORE Act (33 U.S. Code § 1321) directs 80% of Clean Water Act penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (likely to be in the billions) to Gulf of Mexico restoration. Gulf partners profess a common goal of “restoring and protecting the natural resources…and economy of the Gulf Coast region”(Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 2013:2), yet specific and explicit objectives that quantify what it means to actually achieve this goal remain undefined. Despite the presence of numerous conservation partnerships along the Gulf of Mexico, there is concern that this unprecedented opportunity will lack a coordinated response (NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program 2013). The success of the RESTORE Act will hinge...
Assessment of Water Availability and Streamflow Characteristics in the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative for Current and Future Climate and Landscape Conditions
This research will (1) develop a multi-model application to simulate streamflow using a monthly water balance model and daily time step hydrologic models (physical-process based and statistical) for all watersheds of the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative and (2) provide products from these models (flow characteristics - magnitude, timing, duration, rate of change, and frequency) for a range of configurations (current and future climate and landscape) through a web interface which can be used to inform management decisions.
Guiding Regional Conservation Planning under Climate Change: Integrating dynamic landscape population models with structured decision making
This project integrates dynamic landscape population viability models and structured decision making to choose among conservation scenarios that best meet desired endpoints for focal wildlife species in the Ozark Highlands region under climate change.
The Southeast Conservation Blueprint is a map of important areas for conservation and restoration across the Southeast and Caribbean. The Blueprint categories represent the level of value—high or medium—of healthy natural resources and their potential to benefit fish, wildlife and plants. The Blueprint the primary product of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). Through SECAS, diverse partners are working together to design and achieve a connected network of lands and waters that supports thriving fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people across the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.
The goal of the Ozark Highlands Comprehensive Conservation Strategy (CCS) is to take an ecoregional approach to designing landscapes capable of sustaining healthy plant and animal communities in the Ozark Highlands. A comprehensive conservation strategy is Strategic Habitat Conservation. SHC is a continuous dialogue for habitat conservation. In a rapidly changing world this is necessarily a process rather than a product. An important milestone towards the CCS goal is the development of Conservation Opportunity Areas (COAs) that will focus conservation delivery efforts by the partners and other stakeholders. Although that product is important, this project goes beyond defining COAs to develop a preliminary network...
This project will expand the East Gulf Coastal Plain’s existing grassland bird habitat model for prioritizing habitat management to include non-avian species of conservation concern in theGulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks region. It will also incorporate non-biological economics and cost effectiveness objectives into the decision framework.
Developing and Applying Desired Forest Condition Metrics to Enhance Wildlife Habitat and Biodiversity within Southern 'Open Pine' Ecosystems
This project will combine existing biotic and abiotic metrics for open pine savannas and woodlands developed by the US Forest Service and NatureServe with metrics developed to assess wildlife habitat value as part of the EGCPJV’s desired forest conditions project. The final desired forest condition metrics will address wildlife habitat and ecological integrity for the full range of open pine ecosystems within the region, and protocols will be developed to facilitate on-the-ground assessments.
Climate, sea level rise, and urbanization are undergoing unprecedented levels of combined change and are expected to have large effects on natural resources — particularly along the Gulf of Mexico coastline (Gulf Coast). Management decisions to address these effects (i.e., adaptation) require an understanding of the relative vulnerability of various resources to these stressors. To meet this need, the four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives along the Gulf partnered with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to conduct this Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA).