Between selection of landscape level indicators and development of predictive models that can assist biologists and natural resource managers with the prioritization of conservation, there is a lot of cutting edge, unprecedented work going on in the SALCC. Did you know there are at least five ways you can have your voice heard inside the SALCC?
First, the SALCC has a steering committee member that serves as your organization’s representative and is willing to hear your concerns and input. They are in the thick of providing direction and making decisions within the LCCs which includes prioritizing and approving the projects and biological planning approaches occurring among various partners and partnerships.
Second, the SALCC has a multi-organization technical staff, including a LCC coordinator (Ken McDermond), science coordinator (Rua Mordecai), GIS coordinator (Amy Keister), socioeconomic adaptation coordinator (Janet Cakir), information transfer specialist (Lori Barrow), and Gulf coast LCC liaison (Laurie Rounds). These staff can answer your questions and receive your input.
In addition, there is a network of aquatic liaisons representing all of the LCCs in the Southeast that serve as investment staff in the LCCs. Wilson Laney and I serve the SALCC as your aquatic liaisons. We are more than willing to discuss aquatic and other issues and bring your voice to the LCC forum.
Yet another way to provide input is through contact with representatives on the science teams. The SALCC does not have a single defined science team but has participation within all of its teams working on biological planning, landscape conservation design, and others that will be forming soon. Names of “team members” and associated work plans are available on the SALCC web site. Find a team member that has a background that represents your interests and give them a call.
Finally, everyone has access to the SALCC through the web community. The SALCC operates a very active web page with groups representing many interests (Don’t see one that suits your needs? Start a new one!). There are many web forums and review opportunities through the web community. We need your thoughts, ideas, concerns heard – so find the right path of communication that fits your needs and engage!