Developing Priorities for the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative: State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAP) as One Piece of Information

Scientific Disciplines
Biological Sciences - Terrestrial
Keywords
Montana
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
wildlife management
great northern landscape
landscape conservation cooperative
state wIldlIfe action plans
SWAP
Years
Authors
Volumes
Volume 18, No. 1-4

Developing priorities for the great northern 
Landscape conservation cooperative:  state wildlife 
Action plans (swap) as one piece of information
Richard S. Sojda*, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Bozeman, 
Montana
Leslie Allen, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Bozeman, 
Montana
Tara Chesley-Preston, Montana State University, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Bozeman, MT
Yvette Converse, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Northern Landscape Conservation 
Cooperative, Bozeman, MT
Sean Finn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, 
Boise, ID
Thomas Olliff, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Northern Landscape Conservation 
Cooperative, Bozeman, MT
Greg Watson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver, CO
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) are public-private partnerships that focus 
on natural resource challenges which transcend political and jurisdictional boundaries and 
require a more holistic, collaborative, and adaptive approach to conservation that is firmly 
grounded in science and strives to ensure the sustainability of land, water, wildlife and 
cultural resources. The Great Northern LCC, covering Western Montana and parts of several 
other states and provinces, is nearing completion of a process that synthesizes conservation 
priorities among the 25 organizations represented on the Steering Committee and their 
partners. This Strategic Conservation Framework identifies priority species, ecosystems, 
and ecosystem processes across the landscape represented by the Great Northern LCC based 
on synthetic summarizations of five state-based Wildlife Action Plans, 40 other regional 
conservation planning documents, and focused interviews with key personnel across the 
region.  Here we report on the process by which we analyzed data from the State Wildlife 
Action Plans (SWAPs) of ID, MT, OR, WA, and WY and from Strategic Habitat Conservation 
as one piece of information for strategic planning.  Thirty-five species of greatest conservation 
need (as defined in the SWAPs) were identified as having commonality across the five states.  


The ranges of these species were then overlain and a map of areas with the greatest number of 
species of conservation need can be visualized across the Great Northern LCC.