A National Council of interagency, tribal and non-governmental representatives has been named to provide national-level coordination and support for Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC). See list of National Council members.
The LCC National Council will serve the LCC network by learning from them and helping to identify the ecological and institutional challenges faced by the LCCs that should be addressed at the national scale. Serving as the national voice for the LCC network, the Council will seek to support changes that can be made at the national level to facilitate the work of the LCCs. The Council will provide a platform for highlighting LCC successes and challenges. Sustained funding is needed for the LCC network, and the Council will work to ensure that local and regional partnership efforts are supported at the highest levels.
Looking inward, the LCC National Council will provide national-level coordination to identify opportunities to reduce duplication, leverage resources and capacities, and improve efficiencies and conservation outcomes across the LCCs.
The LCC National Council will support the cooperative, large-scale conservation efforts of the LCC network by working with them to enhance coordination among the LCCs and to identify ecological and institutional challenges such as climate change and other landscape-scale stressors that should be addressed on the national and international scale. Serving as the national voice for the LCC network, the Council will seek to support actions that can be taken at the national level to facilitate the work of the cooperatives. The LCC National Council will support all self-directed LCCs and their diverse individual missions, some of which include cultural resources. Once established, the LCC National Council will establish operations and implementation frameworks as needed.
The LCC National Council consists of twenty-seven participants as outlined below:
- 6 Federal agency directors
- 3 U.S. Federally-recognized Tribal participants
- 1 Indigenous participant
- 4 State agency directors
- 4 Non-governmental organization (NGO) participants
- 1 LCC participant
- 2 "Major partnership" participants
- 4 International participants
- 2 "At Large" participants