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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

The politics of uncertainty and an update from your cooperative

No doubt some of you follow the stock market. You might even participate in other forms of gambling, such as dog racing or poker. The rewards and sustainability of these types of endeavors depend on risk---that is, the potential for downside results versus the potential for upside results. Evaluating risk usually involves dealing with various [...]

By |June 29th, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on The politics of uncertainty and an update from your cooperative

2017 Blueprint workshop results

2017 Blueprint workshop attendance by sector. The last two 2017 Blueprint workshops wrapped up last month in South Carolina. Now, the numbers are in! 142 people from 62 different organizations attended this year's workshops. Huge thanks to everyone who came to share their time and expertise! This brings the total number of people actively [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|Featured, Staff Blog|Comments Off on 2017 Blueprint workshop results

Updating the Simple Viewer: Minimal is big

Prepare yourself: it’s coming. Following the release of Conservation Blueprint 2.0, next month (August 2015) we will present the second generation of the Simple Viewer. This new viewer will display Blueprint 2.0, which uses indicators for terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments to produce a totally data-driven prioritization at a 200 meter resolution. Faster and leaner, the [...]

By |July 7th, 2015|Staff Blog|Comments Off on Updating the Simple Viewer: Minimal is big

Watershed decision tool webinar series

Recently the USFWS Fisheries Program developed a watershed tool which with the intent of helping Fisheries target areas where resources could be allocated. The Fisheries' tool ranked 8 digit HUC watersheds based on a suite of variables. Among those variables are characteristics of impairment which the Fisheries Program has funding to address such as fish passage barriers, [...]

By |January 14th, 2015|Member Blog|Comments Off on Watershed decision tool webinar series

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