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.

Two new projects to improve the Blueprint and remove barriers to action

If you were at the Blueprint 2.0 workshops, you probably remember talking about barriers to action in Blueprint areas. You might also remember pointing out places where the Blueprint priorities made sense to you and other places where they didn't. If you were on an Indicator Revision Team, you probably remember pointing out issues with [...]

By |September 3rd, 2015|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Two new projects to improve the Blueprint and remove barriers to action

Indicator revision process for this year

As most of you already heard, there will be a small indicator revision process this year. The focus will be on two things: Reevaluating a few indicators that were removed in the last revision process due to lack of data, but now have new information available Improving the GIS depictions of indicators Depending on how [...]

By |July 8th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Indicator revision process for this year

Blueprint helps bring new longleaf implementation funds to the South Atlantic

What's one of the biggest barriers to implementing the Blueprint? Money, right? That's why using the Blueprint to bring new conservation funds to the region is one of the major Blueprint use cases. It's also a continuing focus of the yearly South Atlantic LCC work plans. Now that there's been an official announcement, I can [...]

By |July 8th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint helps bring new longleaf implementation funds to the South Atlantic

Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund uses indicator to select focus area in the Greater Pee Dee

Many of you may remember that one of your cooperative's landscapes indicators (resilient biodiversity hotspots) is based on The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Terrestrial Resilience Project. The new Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund recently used the same information to select three focus areas (including the Greater Pee River area) for supporting land protection projects. It's great to [...]

By |June 11th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund uses indicator to select focus area in the Greater Pee Dee

Draft Blueprint 2.0 now ready for review: Comments Due 5/26

Good news, everyone! A new draft of Blueprint 2.0 is now ready for review. Please submit your comments by 5/26. This will be the last review draft before the Steering Committee meets in early June to approve a final version. Post-workshop improvements For those of you that reviewed an earlier draft of Blueprint 2.0 at [...]

By |May 5th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Draft Blueprint 2.0 now ready for review: Comments Due 5/26

South Atlantic LCC Coordinator position will be posted on USAJOBS soon

Interested in being the Coordinator for the South Atlantic LCC? Know someone else who might be? Sometime in the next month, the coordinator position will be posted on USAJOBS. This is will be great opportunity to help take your cooperative to the next level. There'll be an update sent out once the job is posted. [...]

By |May 5th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on South Atlantic LCC Coordinator position will be posted on USAJOBS soon

Blueprint 2.0 workshops complete

Last Thursday was the final Blueprint 2.0 workshop. A very diverse group of about 25 people got together in the NC State Visualization Lab to review draft Blueprint layers and talk about the conservation future of the South Atlantic region. Just like in other workshops, I floated between groups listening to conversations, providing additional info [...]

By |April 6th, 2015|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint 2.0 workshops complete

Working with Ken and his recent passing

As many of you already know, Ken passed away at the end of January. During and after his struggle with cancer, there was a huge outpouring of support (to see some of it click here). His life and work touched so many people that I can't do it justice in this short blog post. What I [...]

By |March 3rd, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Working with Ken and his recent passing

New South Atlantic report on threats to ecological systems

As you probably have noticed, most of the discussion about ecosystems within your Cooperative has been about the broad ecosystem types (Forested wetland, Marine, Upland hardwood, etc). Are there specific, finer-scale ecological systems that might fall through the cracks looking at such broad ecosystems? This new report assesses threats to the 72 terrestrial ecological systems [...]

By |February 4th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on New South Atlantic report on threats to ecological systems

Ecosystem indicator revisions complete: Data access and next steps

Huge thanks to the more than 50 people from a diverse range of state, nonprofit, and federal organizations who were part of the ecosystem indicator testing and revision process. The revision process is now complete and the GIS layers for all the indicators are now up on the Conservation Planning Atlas. What's next? Later this month, [...]

By |February 4th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Ecosystem indicator revisions complete: Data access and next steps