We’ve started a new federal fiscal year still under the Department of the Interior’s directive to postpone steering committee meetings until further notice. We’re also under considerable uncertainty regarding future federal support of LCCs, and how or when that uncertainty might be resolved. Despite these uncertainties, we continue working to support, improve, and promote the Conservation Blueprint and its facilitation of conservation actions in the South Atlantic LCC geography. Specifically in the next few weeks, be on the lookout for the upcoming release of Blueprint Version 2.2 as well as additional refinement of the Blueprint implementation strategy. Thanks to all the partners who provided comment and feedback to improve both of these products.

Additional activity has been directed toward the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) and the upcoming SECAS Symposium at the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) conference in Louisville, KY on October 31. The symposium will focus on the collaborative approach to conservation in the Southeast through SECAS and the SEAFWA Wildlife Diversity Committee to achieve a conservation landscape that sustains fish and wildlife populations, including species of greatest conservation need. The symposium, actually more of a workshop, will feature interactive discussions focused on aligning conservation actions, specific applications of the SECAS Blueprint, and demonstrating support for expanding the collaboration. I hope you will consider attending this important symposium. Check out the link to the session agenda here.

If you can’t attend the symposium in person, there is opportunity to participate remotely via computer, tablet or smart phone using the interactive software Zoom. The Zoom platform enables participants (those in the room and remote) to respond to polling questions as a part of the symposium. Please consider attending the symposium remotely if you can’t be there in person. Follow this link for information on how to connect remotely using the interactive software. I strongly recommend that you test your Zoom connection prior to joining the symposium on October 31 so you won’t miss any of the action during the symposium.

Finally I want to thank you for your continuing support during these uncertain times. Your support reinforces our realization that together we can make great accomplishments in the important conservation work that lies ahead.