The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) serves as a bridge between science and natural resources management by facilitating the flow of information among federal, state, non-governmental, and private organizations and agencies vested in natural resource conservation. Physical and social stressors like climate change, energy development, water demands, invasive species, and population growth are all threatening the ecological integrity of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes landscape. The region is home to a diverse range of fish, wildlife plants and habitats including the Great Lakes, North America’s largest freshwater resource, coastal wetlands, boreal forests, major river systems and prairie-hardwood ecosystems. Many of these ecosystems surround heavily populated urban centers. The LCC community is facilitating a collaborative approach among natural resources agencies and organizations to effectively respond to and prepare for the social, environmental and economic challenges of this dynamically changing landscape.
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