Dear South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Partner:

Thank you for participating in last week’s workshop in Charleston, SC. Your involvement is key to the success of what we believe is a turning point for conservation: A self-directed science partnership that will leverage all of our resources to ensure fish, wildlife and habitats not only survive 21st century conservation challenges, but thrive.

Here’s what we learned at the April 20-22 workshop:

The South Atlantic LCC is here for the partners, to ensure all of our success in achieving conservation objectives;

Agencies and organizations have something to give the South Atlantic LCC, and something to take; and

Partners can leverage their resources to work on shared priorities, identify needs, define objectives, and coordinate management actions and policies.

Now the work begins.

Until July 6, I will be the interim coordinator for the South Atlantic LCC, working 25 percent of the time on LCC issues and the rest at my first job as the Bird Conservation Project Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. On July 6, Ken McDermond will become the South Atlantic LCC’s first permanent coordinator, located in the North Carolina Fish and Wildlife Commission’s office at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He will hire the LCC science coordinator.

In the meantime, with your help, we need to begin prioritizing the science needs for the South Atlantic LCC; identify existing and future capacities for the LCCs and how you might fill some of those roles; begin forming a Steering Committee and working groups; and establish a communications task force.

To aid our communications effort, we have created a web-based network using Ning.com. Ning is a social networking/sharing site that allows partners to connect with one another by posting upcoming events, documents, photos, discussions and more. It’s a free, LCC-centric and agency-neutral resource. Members may edit their profile settings to receive email alerts every time someone posts to the site, making it easier to remain actively engaged.

To join, go to http://southatlanticlcc.ning.com/ and click “Sign Up.” Once you’re a member, you can begin editing your profile and posting content right away. Click no the “Forum” tab to generate a discussion and share documents. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Attached to this e-mail you will also find a report on the Charleston workshop, which may be an easy way for you to share the news about the South Atlantic LCC with your friends and colleagues in the conservation community.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or ideas you want to share. I look forward to working with you all to create the best possible future for the wildlife and places we care about in the South Atlantic.

Best,

Laurel Barnhill

Interim LCC Coordinator

phone 803.734.3966