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Blueprint 2.2 and implementation strategy release next month

Looks like everything's on track to release Version 2.2 of the South Atlantic Blueprint and the new Blueprint implementation strategy next month. The GIS layers are final, so your staff are just cleaning up the documentation, getting the viewers updated, etc. Here are the major improvements in this latest Blueprint update: Updated two indicators to [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint 2.2 and implementation strategy release next month

October coordinator’s update

We’ve started a new federal fiscal year still under the Department of the Interior’s directive to postpone steering committee meetings until further notice. We’re also under considerable uncertainty regarding future federal support of LCCs, and how or when that uncertainty might be resolved. Despite these uncertainties, we continue working to support, improve, and promote the [...]

By |October 4th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on October coordinator’s update

Collaborative study offers insight on protecting valuable coastal resources based on “tipping points” for indicator species

News from the North Atlantic LCC: A new paper published by a team of scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ocean & Coastal Management synthesizes existing information on ecological thresholds related to environmental changes -- including sea-level rise and coastal storms -- for 45 species of coastal fish, [...]

By |September 26th, 2017|Featured, Member Blog|Comments Off on Collaborative study offers insight on protecting valuable coastal resources based on “tipping points” for indicator species

Thoughts from the coordinator

It’s been more than four months since our last steering committee meeting, and the guidance from the Department of the Interior regarding boards and commission meetings is still in effect. That doesn’t mean, however, that your cooperative staff aren’t working hard to continue accomplishments for conservation. Notably, the finishing touches are being applied to Conservation [...]

By |September 7th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Thoughts from the coordinator

Review draft Blueprint 2.2 implementation strategy

Pathway to improving ecosystem integrity, part of the draft Blueprint implementation strategy. If you were at the spring Blueprint workshops, you'll probably remember that a new implementation strategy for the Blueprint is in the works. You might even remember that, through some of the activities, you were helping to create it. Even if [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Review draft Blueprint 2.2 implementation strategy

Feedback needed for continental conservation vision in the East

As conservationists, we know the countless threats facing our natural world today. And while these challenges can sometimes feel insurmountable, we also recognize that there are things we can do – partnerships we can forge, actions we can take, and policies we can implement – to help protect and restore wild places. Most recently, E.O. [...]

By |September 5th, 2017|Featured, Member Blog|Comments Off on Feedback needed for continental conservation vision in the East

Fall Third Thursday Web Forum schedule now available

Your cooperative hosts the aptly named Third Thursday Web Forum webinar series on the third Thursday of each month at 10 am. Want to know who is on the schedule for September, October, and November? Click here for an interactive pdf of the flyer, with functioning links. Then mark your calendar so you don't miss [...]

By |August 30th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Fall Third Thursday Web Forum schedule now available
  • USGS landcover predictions

New historic landcover data shows agricultural past of the South Atlantic

New USGS predictions of historic landcover change simplified to only show agriculture (orange), urban (red), and open water (blue). As part of a larger carbon modeling project, USGS recently released yearly landcover predictions going back to 1938. It provides a really interesting view into our heavily agricultural past and a time without the [...]

By |August 4th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on New historic landcover data shows agricultural past of the South Atlantic

An update from the coordinator

It's time for another update on your cooperative, the LCC Network, and ideas about the future of collaborative conservation in general. Thanks for your calls and emails supporting the work of your cooperative, and your concerns regarding staff during this period of budgetary uncertainty. Much has happened in the last few months following the release [...]

By |August 2nd, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on An update from the coordinator

Atlanta’s visionary BeltLine is a model for the future of urban green space

This great article by Judith Moen about Atlanta's BeltLine and the benefits of urban open space appeared in the July Bulletin of the Network for Landscape Conservation. The original Ensia article (which includes some great photos) appears here: https://ensia.com/articles/urban-trail/. Atlanta’s visionary BeltLine is a model for the future of urban green space The multi-use trail system [...]

By |August 1st, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Atlanta’s visionary BeltLine is a model for the future of urban green space