This is where it all began. The Obama administration issued a memorandum in 2010, part of which was to create landscape conservation cooperatives. In summary it states:
Section 1. Establishment
(C) (ii) ...creating corridors and connectivity across these outdoor spaces, and for enhancing neighborhood parks; and determine how the Federal Government can best advance those priorities through public private partnerships and locally supported conservation strategies.
(iii) Use science-based management practices to restore and protect our lands and waters for future generations.
Section 2. Functions
(b) Interagency Coordination
(vi) the Department of Transportation
However, the Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary, Ken Salazar, had already put this memorandum in action by issuing DOI Order 3289 in September, 2009. Part of this order states,
Section 3 (c) Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
"...management responses...must be coordinated on a landscape level basis." "...wildlife migration and related needs for new wildlife corridors..." "Interior bureaus and agencies must work with...other federal, state, local governments...to develop landscape level strategies..." and "...work to stimulate the development of a network of collaborative "Landscape Conservation Cooperatives".
This is how "Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs)" came to exist. No federal legislation. This is why they have no authority for any activity, and why Secretary Zinke issued "Order 3349",,,which "then revoked Order 3330..." that was issued by Secretary Jewell in 2013. This effectively ends all current LCC activity to "set in motion a review of the Agency Actions taken pursuant to Order 3330 for “possible reconsideration, modification or rescission”. As yet, it does not appear these LCCs have stopped their activity. As information becomes available on this it will be posted.