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Call for Nominations by July 8: Evaluation of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

The Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources are pleased to announce a new National Research Council (NRC) study on “Evaluation of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.”

The National Academy of Sciences has been asked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to convene an ad hoc committee to examine the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) program. This committee will evaluate the purpose, goals, and scientific merits of the program within the context of similar programs, and whether the LCC program has resulted in measurable improvements and progress toward its stated goals (for the full statement of task see below).

Expertise Needed: We are looking for nominees with a broad range of relevant expertise including conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management and conservation, habitat restoration, program management and evaluation, natural and cultural resource management, and developing decision-support tools. Efforts will be made to balance the committee with representation from academia and private, non-profit sector as well as with experience in state, tribal, and federal governments.

Deadline for Nominations: Please send your nominations by  Tuesday, July 8. Include the candidate’s name, affiliation, area of expertise, and a few sentences about why the nominee is appropriate. Self-nominations are welcome. Send your suggestions to Jenna Briscoe: jbriscoe@nas.edu.

Statement of Task

The National Academy of Sciences will convene an ad hoc committee to examine the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC). This committee will evaluate the purpose, goals, and scientific merits of the program within the context of similar programs, and whether the LCC program has resulted in measurable improvements in the health of fish, wildlife, and their habitats. This will include:

  • An evaluation of the scientific merit of the LCC program and its goals.
  • A comparison of the stated purpose and goals of the LCC with other similar programs. How are these programs similar, and how do they differ? Is there substantial overlap in their mission and purpose?   If so, is there rationale for and benefit from this overlap? Is there sufficient coordination with these related programs?
  • A comparison of the types of projects supported by LCC and related programs.
    • Do the projects supported by the LCC program overlap significantly with the traditional portfolio of other FWS programs?   If so, is there rationale for and benefit from this overlap?  Is there sufficient coordination with these related programs?  What benefit, if any, is gained by moving and/or consolidating this work within the LCC program?  What effectiveness or efficiency is lost, if any, by housing this work within the LCC program?
    • Do the projects supported by the LCC program overlap significantly with the portfolio of related programs in other agencies? If so, is there rationale for and benefit from this overlap?  Is there sufficient coordination with these related programs?
    • An examination of the evaluation process for the LCC program. What is FWS’s strategy to assess the effectiveness of the LCC program? What are reasonable short, medium, and long-term metrics for the effectiveness of the LCC program in achieving its stated purpose and goals?
    • An assessment of the impacts of the LCC program. What goals have been achieved? What improvements in managing habitat and fish and wildlife species might be reasonable to expect from the LCC program in the timeframe it has existed?  What longer-term impacts are likely to be realized?

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