Rua Mordecai

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About Rua Mordecai

Rua is the Science Coordinator for the South Atlantic LCC. He focuses on the technical details of integrating science and partners to inform conservation decisions and support the LCC’s vision of landscape-scale conservation.

Update on recent LCC projects

There are a number of great projects going on that have been supported by contributions to your cooperative. These projects were all selected based on your feedback on Blueprint improvements and barriers to conservation action. Here's a quick update on a few of them: Improving the natural and built environment connection in the Blueprint Two [...]

By |June 9th, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Update on recent LCC projects
  • Draft Blueprint 2.1 and corridors

Blueprint 2.1 draft corridors are now up

The draft corridors for Blueprint 2.1 are now up on the Conservation Planning Atlas. The methods are very similar to those from Blueprint 2.0 - Identify hubs to connect and then least cost paths between them. To identify hubs, we selected patches that were at least 2000 hectares (~ 5000 acres) and either permanently protected [...]

By |May 31st, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint 2.1 draft corridors are now up

Draft Blueprint 2.1 now up for review

After a bunch of indicator improvements and lots of data crunching on high-powered computers, the draft of Blueprint 2.1 is now available for review. The improvements were a bit bigger than originally planned. As you will see, this is a little more than a "small update". Many of the no-brainer places still come out as important, [...]

By |May 9th, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Draft Blueprint 2.1 now up for review

Update on Blueprint 2.1 progress

I'm really excited about the improvements in this next version of the Blueprint. Even though we're still in the middle of running models, there are a few things that already seem clear. Much better approach for urban open space: In the upland hardwood ecosystem, Blueprint 2.0 was only really capturing a few very large parks near [...]

By |April 1st, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Update on Blueprint 2.1 progress

Help improve LANDFIRE and South Atlantic ecosystem layers

From now until June, there's a chance to improve the Biophysical Setting (BpS) layer within LANDFIRE. In Blueprint 2.1, that layer is being used to fill in some holes in our current ecosystem boundary layers. In future Blueprint versions, it may become the layer that defines all ecosystem boundaries. For more info on the review [...]

By |April 1st, 2016|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Help improve LANDFIRE and South Atlantic ecosystem layers

Army Corps investment will improve Blueprint and renewable energy connection

There's a ton a great stuff going on lately throughout the South Atlantic. So much that I've gotten a little behind catching you up on a few exciting developments. One of those developments is some funding from the Army Corps that will improve the Blueprint and renewable energy connection. Many of you know that there [...]

By |January 8th, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Army Corps investment will improve Blueprint and renewable energy connection

Freshwater aquatic indicator revisions

The indicator testing and revision team is halfway though the process of revising the freshwater aquatic and waterscapes indicators. A few of these revisions are in pretty good shape and are ready for a broader set of folks to review: 1) Improved Riparian Buffer Indicator This new layer is finer scale, uses updated landcover, and [...]

By |December 7th, 2015|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Freshwater aquatic indicator revisions

Looking for data on specific plants and herps

The South Atlantic project improving how the Blueprint incorporates range-restricted and at-risk species is making good progress. It's now looking for additional data on some species that haven't already been included in a report or database. See the message below from Anne Chazal, the project manager from Virginia Natural Heritage: --- For the 10 species [...]

By |December 7th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Looking for data on specific plants and herps

Using South Atlantic indicators to report on potential benefits of Wildland Fire investment

As you might remember, the Conservation Blueprint, ecosystem indicators, and the strong relationships you've all built in this region recently helped bring in some new money for prescribed fire (click here to read the original post about it). Now it's time to start using the indicators to report back on impacts. It takes a few [...]

By |December 7th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Using South Atlantic indicators to report on potential benefits of Wildland Fire investment

Mallory Martin will be the new South Atlantic LCC Coordinator

On behalf of our chair of the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, I am pleased to announce that Mallory Martin has accepted the position of South Atlantic LCC Coordinator, effective Nov. 15, 2015. Mallory is retiring from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as the agency’s Chief Deputy Director on Nov. 1, 2015. Mallory began his [...]

By |October 5th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Mallory Martin will be the new South Atlantic LCC Coordinator