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Appalachian LCC

 

Welcome to the Group Work Spaces, an area of the web portal where we are supporting collaborative work for various communities. These communities range from working groups within our network, project groups, Communities of Practice or Species Specific groups with experts and concerned individuals working towards a common conservation goal related to a species or habitat.

These Work Spaces offer a platform to enhance work flow and facilitate efficient sharing of ideas, datasets, products, publications, and more with others who have similar interests or missions.

The Work Spaces are bringing together a diverse set of individuals and expertise to promote dialogue and coordination.

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Forests & Grasslands

Forests & Grasslands

This space is reserved for the scientific community of practice (COP) with interests focused on forests and grasslands. All folders and content within this Work Space are private and can only be seen by registered members of the group. If you wish to participate in active discussions and information sharing, you can join this COP by clicking on the "Join a Group" button on the top right.

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Riparian Restoration Team

Riparian Restoration Team

Provision of shade via riparian restoration is a well-established management adaptation strategy to mitigate against temperature increases in streams. Effective use of this strategy depends upon accurately identifying vulnerable, unforested riparian areas in priority coldwater stream habitats. The RPCCR is a web-based tool currently under development which is designed to allow managers to rapidly identify these high-priority riparian restoration targets. The objective of this project is to complete development of the RPCCR, link it with the Appalachian LCC website, and integrate it with ongoing stream temperature monitoring and modeling efforts within the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) and participating Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

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Aquatic Systems

Aquatic Systems

This space is reserved for the scientific community of practice (COP) with interests focused on Aquatic Systems, to include members of Fish Habitat Partnerships, fish Joint Ventures, other formal organizations with similar expertise (e.g. Trout Unlimited biologists, Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society) and additional non-member experts. All folders and content within this Work Space are private and can only be seen by registered members of the group. If you wish to participate in active discussions and information sharing, you can join this CoP by clicking on the "Join a Group" button on the top right.

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Terrestrial Systems

Terrestrial Systems

This space is reserved for the scientific community of practice (COP) with interests focused on Terrestrial Systems, to include members of the Appalachian Mountain and Central Hardwoods Joint Ventures, Partnerships for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and others - although many individuals will also be interested in our Aquatics Systems COP. All folders and content within this Work Space are private and can only be seen by registered members of the group. If you wish to participate in active discussions and information sharing, you can join this COP by clicking on the "Join a Group" button on the top right.

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Bats

Bats

This space is reserved for the scientific community of practice (COP) with interests focused on bat conservation, to include members of Bat Conservation International, other formal organizations with similar expertise, and additional non-member experts. All folders and content within this Work Space are private and can only be seen by registered members of the group. If you wish to participate in active discussions and information sharing, you can join this COP by clicking on the "Join a Group" button on the top right.

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Birds

Birds

This space is reserved for the scientific community of practice (COP) with interests focused on conservation of birds and their habitats, to include members of Joint Ventures, other formal organizations with similar expertise (e.g. Audubon Society), and additional non-member experts. All folders and content within this Work Space are private and can only be seen by registered members of the group. If you wish to participate in active discussions and information sharing, you can join this COP by clicking on the "Join a Group" button on the top right.

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Caves, Karst & Minelands

Caves, Karst & Minelands

This space is reserved for the scientific community of practice (COP) with interests focused on caves, karst, and minelands. All folders and content within this Work Space are private and can only be seen by registered members of the group. If you wish to participate in active discussions and information sharing, you can join this COP by clicking on the "Join a Group" button on the top right.

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Human Dimensions  (COP)

Human Dimensions (COP)

This space is reserved for the scientific community of practice (COP) with interests focused on human dimensions aspects of conservation, including ecosystem services, issues surrounding working lands and energy development, etc. All folders and content within this Work Space are private and can only be seen by registered members of the group. If you wish to participate in active discussions and information sharing, you can join this COP by clicking on the "Join a Group" button on the top right.

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Climate Change

Climate Change

This Work Space is reserved for the scientific community currently working on the Appalachian LCC regional Climate Vulnerability Project (see PROJECT tab above for more information). All folders and content within this Work Space are private and can only be seen by registered members of the group. Open membership will be reestablished in late-Spring. Please visit this area of the Portal again at that time and request Membership through the "Join a Group" button on the top right.

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Freshwater Mollusks

Freshwater Mollusks

This workspace was created to help facilitate collaboration and cooperation among all groups and individuals that are engaged in the conservation, the commercial use, and the study of freshwater mollusks, Appalachia’s most imperiled animals. All folders and content within this Work Space are private and can only be seen by registered members of the group. Membership in this workspace is open to anyone interested in freshwater mollusks who supports the stated purposes of this group, which are as follows: 1) Advocate conservation of freshwater molluscan resources, 2) Serve as a conduit for information about freshwater mollusks, 3) Promote science-based management of freshwater mollusks, and 4) Promote and facilitate education and awareness about freshwater mollusks and their function in freshwater ecosystems. If you wish to participate in active discussions and information sharing, you can join this COP by clicking on the "Join a Group" button on the top right.

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Aquatic Ecological Flows Team

Aquatic Ecological Flows Team

The emergence of hydraulic fracturing has led to the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale deposit in portions of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Millions of gallons of water are needed per fracturing event and will likely put a substantial strain on regional surface and ground water supplies, as well as lead to changes in stream flow that may alter available habitat for freshwater biodiversity and other ecological processes in adjacent freshwater ecosystems. There is a great need for the development of region-wide flow policies to protect stream ecosystems and enhance long-term management of aquatic resources. To that end, this project will develop model(s) that predict ecological responses to flow alteration within the Marcellus Shale region of the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC).

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Climate Change Vulnerability Team

Climate Change Vulnerability Team

Future climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies will be dependent on the best available projections of how the regional climate will change and on estimates of the impacts those changes will have on the region’s natural and cultural resources. Thus understanding the vulnerability of various species and habitats within the Appalachian LCC to climate change is of critical importance. This project will compile climate change vulnerability assessments and other relevant information on vulnerable species and habitats, discern the various methodologies and criteria used in these assessments, and use a team of exert peer reviewers to recommend the most efficient, effective, and appropriate methods for adoption by the Appalachian LCC for conservation and adaptation planning. The recommended method will then be deployed, resulting in vulnerability assessments for a suite of key species/habitats selected in consultation with partners of the Appalachian LCC.

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Data Needs & GIS Team

Data Needs & GIS Team

Conservation planning is a rapidly maturing field in applied ecology. Numerous methods and data sources have been developed, serving multiple scales and conservation planning goals. There is an extensive academic literature, web presence, and track record of practical application to draw upon in order to conduct conservation planning for the Appalachian LCC. We propose to review conservation planning tools, data needs, and integrative processes for the Appalachian LCC and provide packages of available data, as well as interpretive text. We will review the Interim Steering Committee conservation planning goals and based on those, prioritize and justify gaps that need to be filled.

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Energy Forcasts Team

Energy Forcasts Team

The rapid pace of new energy development coupled with more aggressive methods for extracting traditional fuels pose substantial risks to some of the Appalachians most cherished lands, waterways, and wildlife. Currently, little effort has been paid to the effect of energy development on the swaths of relatively intact, recovering forest habitat that define the Central Appalachian Region. This project employs land use change build-out scenarios from future energy development demand to quantify future impacts on forest habitats across the Appalachian LCC.

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Aquatic Habitat Stream Classification Team

Aquatic Habitat Stream Classification Team

River classification information is needed to develop and implement instream flow standards and management recommendations so that environmental flows can become integral to all water management decisions from the onset. This project will develop a hierarchical classification for stream and river systems and a GIS map for aquatic ecosystems within the Appalachian LCC. The classification will identify and consistently map ecologically similar types of rivers and streams using a hierarchical set of geomorphic and hydrologic variables deemed appropriate by independent peer reviews and relevant to the spatial scale of management.

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Herpetofauna

Herpetofauna

This space is reserved for the scientific community of practice (COP) with interests focused on amphibian and reptile conservation, to include members of the Partnership for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and other non-member experts. All folders and content within this Work Space are private and can only be seen by registered members of the group. If you wish to participate in active discussions and information sharing, you can join this COP by clicking on the "Join a Group" button on the top right.

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