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Mark Thurman: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Mark Thurman: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

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.

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Clyde Thompson: U.S. Forest Service

Clyde Thompson: U.S. Forest Service

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.

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Gwen Brewer: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Gwen Brewer: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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.

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Mark Ford, Unit Leader of the Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Mark Ford, Unit Leader of the Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

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.

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Braven Beaty of The Nature Conservancy Clinch Valley Program

Braven Beaty of The Nature Conservancy Clinch Valley Program

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.

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Scott Smith of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Scott Smith of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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.

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Todd Jones-Farrand of the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture

Todd Jones-Farrand of the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture

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.

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Scott Robinson of the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership

Scott Robinson of the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership

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.

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Kimberly Terrell, Researcher of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Kimberly Terrell, Researcher of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

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.

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Cindy Schulz, Field Office Supervisor in Virginia for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Cindy Schulz, Field Office Supervisor in Virginia for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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.

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Nels Johnson, Deputy State Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania Chapter

Nels Johnson, Deputy State Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania Chapter

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.

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Hugh Irwin, Landscape Conservation Planner of The Wilderness Society

Hugh Irwin, Landscape Conservation Planner of The Wilderness Society

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.

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 Mark Hudy, Senior Science Advisor in Fisheries for the U.S. Geological Survey

Mark Hudy, Senior Science Advisor in Fisheries for the U.S. Geological Survey

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

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Marquette Crockett, Wildlife biologist of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Marquette Crockett, Wildlife biologist of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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.

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Jim Schaberl, Division Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources at Shenandoah National Park

Jim Schaberl, Division Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources at Shenandoah National Park

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

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Thomas Minney, Central Appalachians Project Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy

Thomas Minney, Central Appalachians Project Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy

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.

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