Landscapes & Seascapes Symposium at AFS Tampa – Seeking Contributed Papers

The Estuaries Section is co-sponsoring a symposium at the annual meeting in Tampa called, “Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Fish Habitat Partnerships Facilitate Networks and Tools for Ecologically Connected Landscapes and Seascapes” The organizers are seeking contributed papers and the deadline is March 17th.

If you’re interested in submitting an abstract, click on the link below, and when prompted select the option: “I would like to be considered for inclusion in a symposium” and use the drop-down menu to find the symposium title.
https://afs.confex.com/afs/2017/cfp.cgi

For more information, contact: Gwen White, Tallgrass Prairie LCC, 812-212-7455, gwen_white@fws.gov

Abstract:
The Landscape Conservation Cooperatives are 22 stakeholder-driven regional networks that convene partners, develop tools and provide integrated science-based information about the implications of climate and other stressors for the long-term sustainability of natural and cultural resources. Stakeholders jointly develop shared, landscape-level conservation objectives and inform strategies based on a shared scientific understanding. There are 19 Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHP) that involve diverse partners and collectively work to implement the National Fish Habitat Action Plan to conserve, restore and enhance aquatic habitats across the nation. Many Fish Habitat Partnerships participate in the LCC community, bringing skills and an emphasis on planning and delivery for fish and aquatic resources through partnerships that foster habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people. Working together, LCCs and FHPs generate processes and tools that facilitate the exchange of applied science used to guide and coordinate implementation and evaluation of effective large-scale conservation strategies that meet shared objectives. Collaborative large-scale multi-sector conservation actions will include examples such as: assessing how habitat conservation, habitat restoration, and agricultural landscapes can interact to maintain and enhance water resources in the desert Southwest; spatial design of key agricultural conservation practices for wildlife, bioenergy and water quality in the Mississippi Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative; tools for planning aquatic connectivity in the North and Southeast regions and coastal wetlands in Eastern Michigan and Western Lake Erie; increasing connectivity for wildlife dispersal and aquatic integrity in productive agricultural working lands across large geographies in the Northwest states and southwest Canada; habitat based conservation planning for the Lower Mississippi region; collaborative conservation action with Fish Habitat Partnerships; and a multi-state Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy. The session will solicit feedback from the audience to provide direction for refining tools and identifying additional needs for research and management.

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