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.

Impacts of conservation actions on water quantity and quality

I've been spending a lot of time working with Blueprint users this year. Whether they're looking at land protection, prescribed fire, stream restoration, or even fishery management one key theme keeps emerging: water. How would proposed conservation actions impact water quantity and quality? That's often an entire scored section of a proposal for national funding [...]

By |September 30th, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Impacts of conservation actions on water quantity and quality

Have any leaf area index data for longleaf or shortleaf pine?

Lately I've been working with some forest service hydrologists to predict increased water availability resulting from longleaf pine management. This is part of a larger effort to make proposals to national programs from the South Atlantic region more competitive. More and more national programs that fund protection, restoration, and management are including water-related impacts in [...]

By |September 6th, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Have any leaf area index data for longleaf or shortleaf pine?

Blueprint 2.1 now officially released

Great news everyone - Blueprint 2.1 is now officially released! Version 2.1 is a major improvement, particularly for the freshwater and marine ecosystems. Wasn't it approved last month? Why is it being "officially" released now? Excellent questions. The biggest reason is that we've worked especially hard to improve the overall Blueprint documentation. Here are just [...]

By |August 12th, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint 2.1 now officially released

Blueprint 2.1 approved – official release planned for August

We're getting very close to the official release of Blueprint 2.1. Last month, the Steering Committee approved Blueprint 2.1 conditional on: 1) Adding back in marine corridors, and 2) A simplified way to display the Blueprint on slides. This morning, they agreed that those issues are now resolved. Marine corridors - The marine corridor layer [...]

By |July 6th, 2016|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint 2.1 approved – official release planned for August

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