• Applied Conservation

    Applied Conservation

    The GPLCC is an applied conservation partnership that will provide science and decision support tools for the full complement of plant, fish and wildlife resources in the Great Plains geographic area.

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  • GPLCC Region

    GPLCC Region

    The geographic area of the GPLCC encompasses parts of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

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  • Partnerships


    This partnership represents broad interests and knowledge that focuses on a scientifically supported integrated movement of landscape conservation.

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  • Environmental Stressors

    Environmental Stressors

    We have numerous stressors acting on the landscape, including the loss and fragmentation of habitats, genetic isolation, invasive species, water scarcity and climate variability.

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  • Priority Habitats

    Priority Habitats

    Seven habitat types have been identified as priorities within the GPLCC area: short grass and mixed grass prairies; playa wetlands; non-playa wetlands; saline lakes; prairie rivers and streams and riparian corridors; cross-timbers; and savannahs, shrub lands and sand dunes.

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Applied Research Guiding Conservation Action

What We Do

The Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GPLCC) is a partnership that provides applied science and decision support tools to assist natural resource managers to conserve plant, fish and wildlife in the mid- and short-grass prairie of the southern Great Plains. It is part of a national network of public-private partnerships—known as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs)—that work collaboratively across jurisdictions and political boundaries to leverage resources and share science capacity. The Great Plains LCC identifies science priorities for the region and helps foster science that addresses these priorities, thus supporting wildlife conservation efforts throughout the Great Plains. It also assists partners in building their own capacity to address scientific challenges associated with our rapidly changing environment.

Recent Reports

Check out our 2013 Annual Report.

We have just released a new Focus Group Report aimed at “understanding landowner attitudes, opinions, and willingness to participate in playa conservation”! D. J. Case & Associates produced the report and conducted the focus groups, with assistance from our Joint Venture partners, Playa Lakes Joint Venture and Rainwater Basin Joint Venture.

Download the Focus Group Report.

Check out a summary of this project.

Science Webinar Series

The Great Plains LCC hosts a monthly Science Webinar Series featuring GPLCC sponsored research as well as other science topics related to landscape conservation throughout the region.  Our next webinar will be February 11, 2015. Find out more.

Funded Research

  • Marsh-Mathews: Historic and Current Habitat Use by Arkansas River Shiner in the South Canadian River in Central Oklahoma as Affected by River Flow: Predictions for Habitat Under Future Climate Scenarios
  • Gido: Conservation Priorities for Great Plains Fish Communities Based on Riverscape Connectivity and Genetic Integrity of Populations
  • Range-wide Lesser Prairie-Chicken Management Plan Development
  • Range-wide Lesser Prairie-Chicken Spatial Targeting Tool for Conservation Delivery
  • Range-wide Lesser Prairie-Chicken meeting facilitation, coordination and literature review

Featured Project

Range-wide Population Estimation and Monitoring for Lesser Prairie-Chickens: Sampling Design and Pilot Implementation

Read the WAFWA Lesser Prairie-Chicken Aerial Survey Report

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