Version by version, as the Blueprint has evolved in response to your feedback, more and more people have been using it to inform their work. Blueprint 2.1 has been used in a variety of ways, with many more examples in progress.

The U.S. Forest Service in South Carolina used Blueprint 2.1 to inform the Land Ownership Adjustment Strategy (LOAS) for Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, a partner-driven plan identifying restoration and protection opportunities. National Forest staff also referenced the Blueprint in a Land and Water Conservation Fund proposal to acquire more than 3,500 acres of highest and high priority Blueprint areas, which would expand the U.S. Forest Service’s conservation legacy in South Carolina and begin implementation of the LOAS.

The NC Sentinel Landscapes partnership used the Blueprint to support the federal designation of 33 eastern counties in North Carolina as Sentinel Landscapes to help preserve conservation lands, working farmland, and forests that are adjacent to military training grounds.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission used the Blueprint to strengthen proposals for Gulf of Mexico oil-spill funding for habitat improvements at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and hydrologic restoration at Suwannee NWR.

What else is on deck? The Blueprint is being incorporated into the NC Wildlife Resource Commission’s Green Growth Toolbox as a resource for informing smart growth practices. Your cooperative is also working with the South Carolina Nature Conservancy to explore using the Blueprint to prioritize their efforts across the state. And the South Atlantic LCC is starting to talk with Tall Timbers Research Station about using the Blueprint to strategically identify the best places to work in Northern Florida and Southwest Georgia!

Do you need help using the Blueprint in your work? Do you want to learn more about how it could inform your conservation actions and investments? As always, your Blueprint User Support Team is here to help (hint: that’s me and Louise Vaughn)! Call me at 919-707-0252 or email me at hilary_morris@fws.gov.