- Anthropogenic Footprint Maps now available for the Canadian region of the NWB LCC. Ducks Unlimited Canada compiled publicly-available spatial data sets to facilitate future landscape analyses and decision making. The full geodatabase will be hosted online through NWB LCC in 2015, but the report is available now.
- The BEACONs team has been hard at work to implement the Conservation Matrix Model (CMM) for priority areas in the NWB LCC, and eventually across the entire LCC region. BEACONs is working closely with BLM, and other LCC partners, to design ecological networks of both protected areas and lands managed for multiple values as a basis for adaptive resource management. Workshops for BLM and NWB LCC partners on how to apply the results of the CMM will be held in 2015.
- We now have over 8,000 references in an annotated bibliography focusing on natural resource management across the NWB LCC region. Our partners at the ARLIS and USGS are working with NWB LCC staff to create an online GIS interface for the bibliography so users can find relevant literature pertaining to a place or ecoregion. The bibliography will be open to the public, look for it in 2015!
- Over 50 authors from the US and Canada have joined forces to synthesize regional drivers of landscape change, and their impacts, in an easy to read, multi-chapter volume for policy makers, resource managers, communities and public. Thank you to all involved! The Changing Northern Landscape: Drivers of Change and Potential Impacts on the Northwest Boreal Ecosystems will be available as hard copies for purchase and individual chapters will be hosted online for free download in 2015.
- The LCC Network awarded the NWB LCC a competitive grant to incorporate focal species into the Conservation Matrix Model. That work is currently underway.
- NWB LCC partners met in Fairbanks in March and Whitehorse in July for face-to-face Steering Committee meetings.
- Eric Schroff (NWB LCC Co-Chair, Director of Yukon Parks) and John DeLapp (NWB LCC Coordinator) presented on the LCC’s efforts to design ecologically-connected landscapes at the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation in Wahsington D.C., October 23-24.
- Alaska & Northwest Canada LCCs and the Alaska Climate Science Center joined forces to host a conference, Climate Conservation and Community, followed by the first ever joint Steering Committee for all five LCCs. Many NWB LCC Steering Committee members traveled to Anchorage from Yellow Knife, Whitehorse, Fairbanks and Terrace. An article was featured in Outdoor News Bulletin from Wildlife Management Institute.
- The Strategic Planning Workgroup, comprised of eight engaged Steering Committee Members, met for nine months to draft a 10-year Strategic Plan for the partnership. The Strategic Plan will inform the partnership’s annual efforts and activities and will be available to the public in early 2015.
2014 was also an exciting year for many of our partners. The 15th North American Caribou Workshop was held in Whitehorse, Yukon May 12-16. As an outcome of this workshop, in large part, Yukon boreal caribou is being reviewed as a Species At Risk. Northwest Territories became responsible for managing public land, water, and resources on April 1. The process of devolution has brought new excitement and engagement from our NWT partners in the NWB LCC. NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) campaign launched in 2014 with the release of its concise experiment plan. Several NWB LCC partners in Alaska, Yukon, NWT and BC are looking forward to partnering with ABoVE in the coming years. ABoVE has a call for proposals open now. The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) has released its Action Plan laying the groundwork to establish a world-class research station in the north. CHARS will promote partnerships and collaboration among the Aboriginal, academic, public and private sectors, both in Canada and internationally. US Forest Service and NASA successfully launched a pilot project to inventory the remote and vast forests of Interior Alaska and integrate into the USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA). The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions in British Columbia is launched Climate Insights 101: A trilogy of online, animated and interactive courses that provide a comprehensive understanding of the causes of climate change, how society can adapt, and the options for mitigation.
Thank you to all of our partners and Steering Committee Members for a memorable year in collaborative conservation. As always, we welcome new partners and new opportunities to work together in 2015! Happy New Year!