Voices from the Appalachian Community
Science Program Manager in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service, Steering Committee member Gwen Brewer discusses how being part of the LCC will provide states with the key information and direction necessary to support regional initiatives and why she became involved with landscape conservation issues.
Forest Supervisor for the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, Steering Committee member Clyde Thompson explains how having the platform of the LCC can make the conservation community collectively stronger and direct each agency in the same direction.
Biologist Mark Thurman explains how having a landscape Cooperative helps state agencies understand how their work on the ground feeds into a larger project area and the hope that the LCC can develop a landscape-level plan that incorporates the conservation activities and goals of all partners.
Braven Beaty discusses his work in the Appalachian region with mussels, the biological importance of the Clinch-Powell RIver Basin, and how the Appalachian LCC can help to preserve freshwater mussel populations.
Wildlife biologist Marquette Crockett talks about the unique habitats and common problems that stretch across the Appalachians and how Appalachian LCC meetings are developing relationships and products that will help conservation in National Refuges.
Mark Ford discusses his research on threatened, rare, and endangered species, how the LCC can link up various expertise around the region, and the types of science needs the Cooperative can address that will result in on-the-ground conservation.
Mark Hudy, Senior Science Advisor in Fisheries for the U.S. Geological Survey, highlights the importance of connecting scientific efforts across the region and what the Appalachian LCC can achieve by bringing together various organizations and expertise
Hugh Irwin talks on how the Appalachian LCC can begin to fill in research gaps and develop common research needs across the region to preserve natural resources.
Nels Johnson discusses how LCCs are important vehicles for increasing efficiencies in conservation, and through collective capacity how LCCs can address environmental challenges that are beyond the ability of any one organization.
Science Coordinator Todd Jones-Farrand highlights how Joint Ventures and LCCs can work together in a complimentary fashion and how both partnerships share a collaborative nature that will benefit landscape-scale conservation.
Thomas Minney discusses the potential of the Appalachian LCC, how this organization can address large-scale issues like climate change, and the need to achieve common conservation goals.
Coordinator Scott Robinson addresses the obstacles of data collection, preparation, and development and how the LCCs can help standardized this process for all partners to use that will help professionals implement conservation actions.
Jim Schaberl talks about specific research projects taking place in Shenandoah, what he hopes the LCC can accomplish, and why the National Park service is involved in this endeavor
Cindy Schulz highlights the value of bringing together many federal, state, and NGO groups to establish relationships and how acquiring access and knowledge of GIS and other information-sharing tools can greatly benefit conservation work being done around the region.
Wildlife Ecologist Scott Smith talks about the vital importance of the Appalachians for the survival of salamanders, how the LCCs can facilitate issues between jurisdictions, and help different agencies prioritize conservation efforts.
Kimberly Terrell describes her work studying the biological constraints of salamanders to adjust to climate change and how the regional nature of the LCC can ensure efficiencies for conservation efforts as well as bring managers and researchers together to work towards common conservation goals.