South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint 2.2

Your Conservation Blueprint 2.2 data are now final and ready for you to use to inform conservation decisions across the South Atlantic! Rua’s blog from last month provided a great summary of the major improvements in this latest Blueprint update, which include updated indicator data, a new marine birds indicator, improved corridor methods, a new approach to open water in lakes and reservoirs, more complete documentation of known issues, and more.

Please check out the final Blueprint 2.2 and associated layers on the Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA). You can play around with the data in the CPA mapping interface, or you can download it to your local machine and explore it in GIS software. If you download the data and have ArcGIS on your machine, I suggest you start by opening the .mxd file in the download. There you will find all of the layers pre-loaded in a map and ready to explore. If you do not have ArcGIS, and you have found that you need more access to the data than the CPA and Simple Viewer allow, we are now providing the final Blueprint layers (and some of the input layers) in formats that are easier to view in open source GIS software.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me (amy_keister@fws.gov) if you are having any problems accessing and using these data. After all, the South Atlantic LCC mission isn’t just to create a conservation blueprint, it is to “facilitate conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources, guided by a shared adaptive blueprint.”

Your South Atlantic LCC support staff are here to help you explore and use Blueprint 2.2 in your conservation efforts!