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About Hilary Morris

Hilary works on Blueprint User Support and Communications for the South Atlantic LCC. She works with users to improve and implement the Blueprint, incorporating feedback to make it a more effective tool for everyone in the conservation community. She also handles communications responsibilities like the newsletter and monthly webinar series.

Say it like you mean it

Choosing short and sweet indicator names in the State of the South Atlantic was a challenging exercise. Shakespeare tells us in Hamlet that “brevity is the soul of wit”—well, it’s also the soul of clear and understandable plain language writing. Who wants to slog through “percent impervious cover by catchment” when “impervious surface” will communicate the [...]

By |July 7th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Say it like you mean it

Blueprint 2.0 approved!

The Steering Committee has given Blueprint 2.0 the Good Housekeeping South Atlantic LCC Seal of Approval! It's official—Blueprint 2.0 has been approved. Huge thanks to everyone who attended a workshop, participated in indicator revision, provided a comment, served on the user and conservation design teams, or otherwise helped shape this exciting update to our shared [...]

By |June 11th, 2015|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint 2.0 approved!

[Conservation Action] Rules are made to be broken

Those of you who are familiar with Blueprint 1.0 or who attended a Blueprint 2.0 workshop have already been introduced to the idea of conservation actions. I always imagine the Blueprint as answering two questions: 1) where should I work? and 2) what kind of work should I do there? By recommending specific actions like [...]

By |May 5th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on [Conservation Action] Rules are made to be broken

Correcting a map error in the State of the South Atlantic

Some of the Blueprint 2.0 workshop participants who have a great eye for detail caught a mistake in one of the maps in the State of the South Atlantic. If you've looked at the assessment, you hopefully saw the map on the left defining the subregions of the South Atlantic geography, drawn based on watershed [...]

By |March 30th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Correcting a map error in the State of the South Atlantic

The Blueprint in the news

As communications person for your Cooperative, I get pretty excited when the Blueprint receives good press. And it's been getting an amazing amount of positive attention lately--so much that I wanted to blog about it! What perfect timing as we build momentum toward Blueprint 2.0 with our workshop roadshow. Remember the National Workshop on Large [...]

By |March 26th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on The Blueprint in the news

The State of the South Atlantic is now available

At last, the State of the South Atlantic is now available! This assessment measures all of your Cooperative’s natural and cultural resource indicators and scores them on an A/B/C/D/F scale. It’s a snapshot in time that tells us how our lands and waters are doing today, setting the baseline for future assessments so we can start [...]

By |March 4th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on The State of the South Atlantic is now available

Read the 2014 Annual Report

Your Cooperative has released its 2014 Annual Report highlighting the key accomplishments of the past year.  The staff has dedicated this year’s progress to our Coordinator, Ken McDermond.  >>Click here to check it out for a refresher on all the great things we achieved together as a community!

By |March 4th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Read the 2014 Annual Report

Raleigh Blueprint 2.0 workshops rescheduled due to winter weather

Last winter, a series of iconic pictures--snapped on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh as commuters left work early in the face of oncoming snow--ignited the imagination of amateur photo-editors everywhere. WRAL, the local news station, even posted a photo gallery of all of the amusing shots called "Attack on Glenwood Avenue". It featured everything from the [...]

By |February 19th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Raleigh Blueprint 2.0 workshops rescheduled due to winter weather

State of the South Atlantic preview

Last month, I briefly previewed the upcoming State of the South Atlantic assessment. We’re still on track to release that by the Raleigh Blueprint workshops---and in fact, a small group of reviewers is looking at a draft right now. So, you’ll just have to wait a few more weeks for the big reveal! In the [...]

By |February 2nd, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on State of the South Atlantic preview

Does everybody know what time it is?

TOOL TIME!  BLUEPRINT WORKSHOP TIME!  Almost, that is. The venues are all booked.  All the staff's GIS workstations--and those of basically everyone we know--are smoking as they power through Zonation runs of ecological indicator data.  Deep deliberation is underway about the relative merits of ordering sandwich platters to each location vs. going offsite for lunch [...]

By |January 27th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Does everybody know what time it is?