Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
The Landscapes Patterns project is intended to provide support to multiple organizations with an interest in achieving environmental outcomes on landscapes of varying scales in the north-west part of the North American continent in general, and in Alberta in particular. The project undertook a literature review of publications that show a relationship between human land use and land use patterns and the qualitative state of various parts of the environment. Most published research focuses on wildlife species and water quality.
Various map files were also produced as part of the project. The intent is to set up a spatial or keyword searchable function on the LC Map website and to allow website users to add citations to the citations and bibliographic database.
A second phase of the project will involve collaboration among the funding parties regarding ways in which landscape metrics can be used to support environmental outcomes in land use and conservation planning.
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
This carbon sequestration research is part of a new pilot grassland conservation program to protect at-risk grasslands from conversion to cropland in the northern Great Plains. Natural resources partners have leveraged more than $3 million in private and federal funding to support an innovative program that extends protection of privately-owned grasslands that have expired under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). In the past two years alone, the number of CRP acres nationally has dropped from 31.2 million to 27 million. Of the 4.2-million-acre-decline, lands lost in North Dakota and Montana accounted for 1.6 million acres, or 38 percent. The program aims to encourage private landowners to conserve CRP grasslands through the financial incentives of carbon credits.With the support of LCC funding, Ducks Unlimited and LCC partners will conduct soil carbon measurements on expired CRP lands before and after installation of livestock fencing and other infrastructure benefiting grassland conservation.
U.S. Geological Survey
Energy development across the northern plains of Montana and North Dakota is occurring at a rapid speed, while invasive species continue to challenge conservation practitioners’ efforts to restore native prairie, grassland and wetland habitats. Led by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this study will help resource managers understand how invasive plants are moving and the role of oil development in invasions. Research results will assist wildlife managers, private landowners and the oil industry in developing effective ways to reduce the spread of invasive plant species. More than 46,000 new petroleum-related wells have been drilled in the Williston Basin and Bakken Formation since the first successful Bakken test well was drilled in 2000. The study will examine if there is a pathway for noxious weeds to become established in adjacent native prairie lands associated with well pad construction, and will help the conservation community understand the interactions between recent energy development and the introduction and spread of invasive species across the plains and prairie pothole region.
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.,
Ducks Unlimited Canada, Province of Manitoba
The Souris River watershed spans more than 23,000 square miles (61,000 square kilometers) across Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Manitoba. The funding will support a cross-jurisdictional study led by Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Province of Manitoba researchers that will combine current and historic wetland inventories and examine water quality trends across watersheds with varying levels of wetland cover. Non-point source pollution from the Souris River watershed has been known to impact water quality throughout the watershed including the adjoining Assiniboine River and Lake Winnipeg.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; South Dakota Game Fish and Parks; Wyoming Game, Fish and Parks
March 2010 – June 2012
The states of Iowa, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming have used LCC funding to support the revision of their individual State Wildlife Actions Plans to accommodate for the potential impacts of climate change. Each state received $10,000 in funding from the LCC to support this effort. The completed plans can be found at http://www.wildlifeactionplan.org