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Key Issues

Energy, climate change, ecosystem services, and how society values these services - such as clean drinking water, outdoor recreation, and biological conservation - are key issues influencing the landscape. These issues and drivers of change are essential to understand and plan for in the management and protection of both natural and cultural resources in order to create a more sustainable landscape for wildlife and human communities.

Wildland Fire

Wildland Fire

The Wildland Fire site within the Landscape Partnership portal serves as a clearinghouse to support technical experts as a community of practice, currently focused on the southern states. This site links individuals and diverse groups with the information each maintains on wildland fire on their respective internet sites, and our hope is that we will send more traffic to our partners' sites. Our purpose is to increase connectivity and information sharing within the larger fire community but also between the fire community of practice and other landscape conservation practitioners using the Landscape Conservation Portal. The Wildland Fire site will also support public officials, landowners, and communities needing more information about wildland fire.

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Nature and Society

Nature and Society

The Human Dimensions Portal provides resources and tools on cultural, heritage, and socio-economic aspects of human dimensions. It will also share how the Landscape Partnerships are working to integrate both natural and cultural resources into conservation planning to inform management actions and decisions.

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Ecosystem Benefits & Risks

Ecosystem Benefits & Risks

Understanding the complete and diverse benefits society receives from nature as well as risks to their sustainability will allow managers, industry, and the public to adopt policies that encourage protection and investments in these resources. To meet this need, the FWS collaborated with the Forest Service on cutting edge research that fully integrates society’s value of ecosystems with future threats to better inform natural resource planning and management across the Appalachian landscape. This unique work provides a comprehensive resource to partners at a regional level, serving as a model for the LCC Network to deliver ecosystem services conservation science.

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Energy

Energy

The Appalachians have and still are a hotspot for America's energy needs. Forests provided early settlers with a ready supply of wood fuel. As the nation industrialized, the region became the center for coal, oil, and recently natural gas extraction and wind. Though essential for society, the extraction of these resources has altered the Appalachian landscape, impacting biodiversity and natural places that make the Appalachians unique. As wind, natural gas, and oil development expand along with traditional coal, there is an increasing need for research to inform discussions on how to meet immediate and future energy needs while sustaining the health of natural systems.

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