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The Simple Viewer: a new way to use the Conservation Blueprint

The Simple Viewer is a new way to explore the Conservation Blueprint Version 1.0. It's fast and easy. Use the Simple Viewer to quickly find places important to you and your mission. Click on a watershed to learn more about that area, like who to partner with, potential changes in landcover, how much land is currently [...]

By |January 8th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on The Simple Viewer: a new way to use the Conservation Blueprint

Steering Committee approves change in governance structure

In early December, the South Atlantic LCC held an in-person Steering Committee here at the Wildlife Resources Commission building in Raleigh.  Staff provided updates and received positive feedback on plans for Blueprint 2.0, the new simple Blueprint viewer, work on Blueprint adoption with the user team, and progress on the State of the South Atlantic [...]

By |January 7th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Steering Committee approves change in governance structure

What truthiness, maps, and witches have in common

   A few years ago Stephen Colbert coined a new term that resonated with everyone who has ever waded into the waters of map making and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Truthiness. Truthiness refers to that feeling you get when you don’t have to prove you’re right about something because you just know you’re right. We [...]

By |December 5th, 2014|Staff Blog|Comments Off on What truthiness, maps, and witches have in common

The Blueprint in Action strikes back

President John F. Kennedy once said, “Ask not what the Blueprint can do for you--ask what you can do for the Blueprint.”  I might be paraphrasing slightly...artistic liberties, and all that. Well, the staff of your Cooperative wants you to do both at the same time—help the Blueprint by letting it help you.  Do you [...]

By |October 31st, 2014|Staff Blog|Comments Off on The Blueprint in Action strikes back

The South Atlantic LCC goes to Washington

Two weeks ago, the Department of Interior's National Climate and Energy Task Force invited the LCC Network and Climate Science Centers to provide a progress update and showcase their accomplishments at a meeting in Washington, D.C.  Both your Cooperative and the Southeast Climate Science Center sent staff—Rua, Adam Terando, and me—to make a presentation highlighting our successful [...]

By |September 30th, 2014|Staff Blog|Comments Off on The South Atlantic LCC goes to Washington

Conversing in conservation

The other day I was talking to a friend, an entomologist, about the under-appreciation of insects and reptiles. As we lamented over the lack of love for those that creep, crawl, pollinate, and break down the messier parts of life, my friend commented, “it’s too bad so many people assume any snake or spider they [...]

By |September 30th, 2014|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Conversing in conservation

Return of the Blueprint in Action

October is my favorite month of the year.  I love knowing that the leaves are starting to change back in the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains where I was born.  I love the crisp smell in the air when I ride my bike to work in the morning.  I love the exploding market for all [...]

By |September 29th, 2014|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Return of the Blueprint in Action

Confessions of a conservation planner

Nothing is as humbling as announcing to a room full of people, “I’m a conservation planner and have asked you to attend this meeting because I have a new planning tool to help you identify and prioritize your actions”.  As I watch eyes start to either glaze or glare, I smile in what even I [...]

By |July 1st, 2014|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Confessions of a conservation planner

Working with the Conservation Planning Atlas and Conservation Blueprint – minding where we meddle

My grandmother, who had a way with words, once told me, “I love best the places where man has not meddled”. She really did not like it when people meddled.  She also told me that “city children knew nothing, absolutely nothing, about anything”.  By “city children” she meant me and the comment was inspired as [...]

By |April 7th, 2014|Staff Blog|1 Comment

Third Thursday Web Forum

September 19th, 2013: "Your input on next steps for Blueprint design" with Rua Mordecai, Science Coordinator, South Atlantic LCC Over the next few months, your cooperative will be creating a draft version 1.0 of the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint. This Blueprint will be a spatially-explicit map depicting the places and actions needed to sustain natural [...]

By |September 19th, 2013|0 Comments