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Fall 2018 Third Thursday Web Forum schedule available

This summer has flown by! It's hard to believe that it's already time to share our fall Third Thursday Web Forum schedule. We have some really interesting topics lined up for September, October, and November. I hope you'll tune in on the Third Thursday of each month at 10 am. >>Click here for an interactive [...]

By |September 4th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Fall 2018 Third Thursday Web Forum schedule available

The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina uses the Southeast Blueprint to identify their statewide priorities

Earlier this year, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in South Carolina started using the Southeast Blueprint to inform an update of their South Carolina Conservation Vision, which is their statewide map of conservation priorities. The state of South Carolina contains two different Blueprints---the South Atlantic Blueprint and the Appalachian NatureScape Merged Design. The Southeast Blueprint provided [...]

By |August 29th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina uses the Southeast Blueprint to identify their statewide priorities

Extensive deepwater coral reef found in Blueprint priority area

Alvin collects a sample of Lophelia pertusa from an extensive mound of both dead and live coral. Image copyright Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The new and exciting discoveries from deep water dives in the South Atlantic just keep on coming. You might have seen my previous post about cool stuff the Okeanos dives [...]

By |August 29th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Extensive deepwater coral reef found in Blueprint priority area

Final report on using the South Atlantic Blueprint to improve integration between the natural and built environments

The American Planning Association (APA) has finished their report on using the South Atlantic Blueprint to improve the integration between the natural and built environments! This report is intended as a resource for both planners and conservation professionals, to help them better depict areas and actions of shared conservation interest near and within cities. This is the [...]

By |August 24th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Final report on using the South Atlantic Blueprint to improve integration between the natural and built environments

The Triangle Climate and Landscape Researchers’ Brown Bag becomes “Climate and Conservation Coffee”

For the last several years, the Triangle Climate and Landscape' Researchers Brown Bag has provided a chance for anyone in the Raleigh area working in the fields of landscape conservation or climate change to meet face-to-face, share lessons learned, and find opportunities to collaborate. The format has changed somewhat over time, but the South Atlantic [...]

By |August 7th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on The Triangle Climate and Landscape Researchers’ Brown Bag becomes “Climate and Conservation Coffee”

Updated story map for the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy

We talk a lot about how folks are using the South Atlantic Blueprint, but what about other examples throughout the Southeast? As you may already know, the South Atlantic Blueprint integrates with other regional priorities to create a Southeast-wide Blueprint as part of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy, or SECAS. Rua and I have been [...]

By |August 7th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Updated story map for the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy

The state of Southeastern ecosystems

How are the ecosystems of the Southeast doing? How is that changing over time? I've been working on integrating ecosystem assessments across the Southeast to get at those key questions, primarily to support a major task this year for the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS): developing an explicit and near-term goal. The big idea is trying [...]

By |August 6th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on The state of Southeastern ecosystems

Cool critters in the deepwater priority areas of the South Atlantic Blueprint

Many people less familiar with the offshore waters of the South Atlantic ask about this long swath of Blueprint priority going down the Atlantic. I've circled the general area in black in the picture below. It's a particularly interesting area at the continental margin where a mix of currents and substrate support a rich and [...]

By |August 3rd, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Cool critters in the deepwater priority areas of the South Atlantic Blueprint

Coming this fall in the SECAS update…

Here are a few of the updates and new resources planned for the fall Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) update: Update of the Texas part of the Blueprint using new information from the Texas Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT). With this update, the Blueprint will provide seamless coverage over most of the United States. Integrated [...]

By |July 6th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Coming this fall in the SECAS update…

Greenways and trails indicator will be finalized next month

We received some excellent feedback on the draft greenways and trails indicator Rua blogged about last month. Specifically, we're updating some greenway and trail information in OpenStreetMap for western North Carolina and Florida. The overall methodology capturing both the connected length of greenway networks and natural greenway condition will stay the same. We're working to [...]

By |July 5th, 2018|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on Greenways and trails indicator will be finalized next month