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Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

The LCCs are partnerships of governmental (federal, state, tribal and local) and non-governmental entities. The primary goal of the LCCs is to bring together science and resource management to inform climate adaptation strategies to address climate change and other stressors within an ecological region, or "landscape." Each LCC will function in a specific geographic area and together will form a national and ultimately an international network. To learn more about LCCs go to www.fws.gov/science/SHC/lcc.html.

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are the co-leads, as well as partners, in the effort to establish the Desert and Southern Rockies LCCs. Reclamation and FWS are in the process of establishing Steering Committees for each of the LCCs. The Steering Committees will guide the LCC activities once they are established.
(Map of Desert and Southern Rockies LCCs)

Southern Rockies LCC Website

Desert LCC Website

National LCC GIS Datasets

LCC Frequently Asked Questions


Reclamation Seeks Applied Science Project Applicants for Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (April 11, 2014) - Reclamation is seeking applicants for applied science projects for the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. Proposed projects are expected to deliver new capabilities that address priority resources identified and shared by Reclamation and partners involved in the Desert and Southern Rockies LCC. More... | Desert LCC FOA | Southern Rockies LCC FOA


Reclamation Announces $1.4 million for Applied Science Projects to Support Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives - (August 22, 2013) Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced 12 projects will receive a total of $1.4 million to develop applied science tools in support of the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. Through cost-share agreements, this funding will be used to support $3.13 million for the development of resource management tools to assist LCC stakeholders. More...


Reclamation is requesting statements of interest (SOI) from other Federal agencies to partner with Reclamation to address certain Fiscal Year 2013 Science Needs identified by the SRLCC and to address certain Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Funding Categories identified by the Desert LCC.


Listserve - Reclamation has launched a listserve that you can join if you would like to be notified of the latest information on the Desert or Southern Rockies LCCs. Just send an email to the Listserve and you will be joined to it.


Informational webinar; Downscaled hydrology information (Now available) and the Colorado River Basin Study - Reclamation invited the Desert and Southern Rockies LCC partners to participate in an informational webinar on January 10, 2012.  The purpose of the webinar was to inform LCC partners on the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study and the new downscaled climate and hydrology projections that have been developed through the West-Wide Climate Risk Assessments.  Basin Studies, WWCRAs, and LCCs activities are complementary and represent Reclamation’s three-part approach to the assessment of climate change impacts on water supplies and the identification of adaptation strategies.  

Carly Jerla, Co-Study Manager for the Colorado River Basin Study, presented a summary of the study activities completed to date, as well as an overview of Phase 4 activities.  Katrina Grantz, Technical Lead for WWCRAs, provided an overview on WWCRAs activities and described the climate and hydrology projection data that is currently available for use by stakeholders. 

Background Information:

Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study
The Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado and Lower Colorado Regions, in collaboration with representatives of the seven Colorado River Basin States (non-federal Cost Share Partners), are currently conducting  the "Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study" under Reclamation's Basin Study Program. Reclamation recently announced the initiation of Phase 4 of the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study: Development and Evaluation of Opportunities for Balancing Water Supply and Demand.  During this phase, the Basin Study team is seeking input on a broad range of options to help resolve future water supply and demand imbalances in the Colorado River.  The team will explore the effectiveness of various options and groupings of options for helping resolve projected future imbalances.  Additional information on the Study, including a report describing the preliminary assessment of potential future imbalances, the process for submitting options, and how options will be evaluated is available online at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/crbstudy.html

West-Wide Climate Risk Assessments (Future hydrology projection data now available)
The WWCRAs identify risks to water supplies and demands and impacts to operations within eight major Reclamation river basins. The WWCRAs focus on the development of consistent baseline information of the risks and impacts associated with climate change as they relate to the mission of the Bureau of Reclamation.  WWCRA implementation activities focus on consistent west-wide assessments of Climate Projections, Surface Water Supply, Water Demand, Risks to Operations, and Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystems for each of the eight major Reclamation river basins.  Future projections of runoff, snowpack and evapotranspiration across the entire Western United States developed through the WWCRAs are now available on line at: http://gdo-dcp.ucllnl.org/downscaled_cmip3_projections/dcpInterface.html.  Additional information about WWCRAs activities can be found at: http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra/index.html

Climate Science Center Funded Projects for Southwest and North-Central Climate Science Centers

Last updated: 4/11/14


A map of the Interior Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

Current Status

The Desert and Southern Rockies LCC has a funding opportunity available for applied science projects. Applications are due May 13, 2014 at 4 p.m. MDT.

Proposed Calendar

April 11, 2014
Desert and Southern Rockies LCC FOA announced

May 13, 2014
FOA applications due

Please note, some of the above dates are proposed and may be subject to change.

To be notified of the latest news on the Desert LCC or Southern Rockies LCC, please join our Listserve.

News Releases

April 11, 2014
Reclamation Seeks Applied Science Project Applicants for Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

August 22, 2013
Reclamation Announces $1.4 million for Applied Science Projects to Support Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

May 1, 2013
Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative Seeking Applicants for Applied Science Funding Opportunity

May 1, 2013
Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative Seeking Applicants for Applied Science Funding Opportunity

August 15, 2012
Research Projects to Boost Science Receive $1.7 Million in WaterSMART Funding for Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives