The Department of the Interior Secretarial Order No. 3289 established Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) as a network of public-private partnerships that provide shared science to ensure the sustainability of America's land, water, wildlife and cultural resources.
The Climate Science Centers (CSCs) provide fundamental scientific information, tools, and techniques that land, water, wildlife, and cultural resource managers and other interested parties can apply to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change impacts. Much of the information and tools provided by the CSCs, including physical and biological research, ecological forecasting, and multi-scale modeling, will be in response to the landscape-level priority needs identified by the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, as well as the cross-sector needs of other agencies and communities in the region.
Together, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), CSCs, LCCs and other management partners make up a broader climate science and conservation planning initiative.
As a collaborative, LCCs seek to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify gaps, and avoid duplication through improved conservation planning and design. Partner agencies and organizations coordinate with each other while working within their existing authorities and jurisdictions.
The 22 LCCs collectively form a national network of land, water, wildlife, and cultural resource managers, scientists, and interested public and private organizations—within the U.S. and across our international borders—that share a common need for scientific information and interest in conservation.