Many of you may remember that one of your cooperative’s landscapes indicators (resilient biodiversity hotspots) is based on The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Terrestrial Resilience Project. The new Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund recently used the same information to select three focus areas (including the Greater Pee River area) for supporting land protection projects. It’s great to see the strong support for the work Mark Anderson and the rest of the team have done on the project and for the information behind that Landscapes Indicator. It was also good to see that the area selected for the Pee Dee focus area as comes out as a priority in Blueprint 2.0.

I’ve been involved in the Terrestrial Resilience efforts as a technical team member at various stages. I’m constantly impressed by the TNC team’s approach to collecting feedback, thinking creatively but rigorously about the approach, and always striving to keep improving. I was also on a technical committee working with the Open Space Institute (OSI) as they transitioned the resilience information into some specific focus areas for land protection. They’d never worked in the Southern Piedmont and were shocked at the rate of land conversion in many of the geological settings! The staff at OSI were fantastic and have a great approach for iterative improvements based on feedback and providing rigorous and transparent ways to integrate the scientific and practical information needed for focusing that particular fund.

The fund is managed by the Open Space Institute, capitalized by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Learn more here.