Mission and Goals
The mission of the Southern Sierra Conservation Cooperative (SSCC) is to work in concert to make the best use of each partner's resources and efforts to conserve the regional native biodiversity and key ecosystem functions within the Southern Sierra Nevada Ecoregion (SSN) in the face of accelerated local and global agents of change.
To reach this goal, the SSCC implements the Strategic Framework for Science in Support of Management in the Southern Sierra Ecoregion collaboratively developed in 2009 by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The Framework is structured by four goals with multiple objectives and tasks described for each goal. These goals are summarized by the following:
- We detect and describe ecosystem changes across a range of spatial and temporal scales to understand why change is occurring and interpret its significance;
- We are able to anticipate possible futures to help us develop feasible responses;
- We have the tools required to take effective and efficient action; and
- We have easy access to the growing body of information and effective ways of disseminating that information to the public, resource managers, and the scientific community.
As such, the SSCC:
- Participates in inclusive and flexible dialogue, information exchange, shared science-based learning, and collective action.
- Assesses ecological and societal vulnerabilities due to agents of change and the associated costs and benefits of potential resource management actions
- Uses their respective facilities, management, planning, research, education, and training programs to meet the mission of the Cooperative.
- Is non-political
- Does not make resource management decisions or forward an agenda of any particular resource management action.