Welcome to those of you who are making your first visit to the SALCC web site. We are hopeful that this will be one of several ways that we can keep you updated on the partnership as well as to seek your ideas and feedback on how we are approaching the LCC vision. Please consider joining this site and establishing personal settings that will alert you through email when new content is added.

I apolgize that it has taken so long to communicate with you since assuming the coordinator role in late July. Suffice it to say, I have a lot to learn about the area, existing partnerships, and lanscape issues throughout the SALCC geography. To that end I have been visiting with a number of organizations and trying my best to listen to and understand their perspectives on the LCC. That time spend has been very valuable. If I have not contacted you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me so that I can better understand how you see this partnership supporting your interests. I can also report that there have been a number of accomplishments since the workshop in Charleston in April.

Tops on my list is the selection of the LCC Science Coordinator. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Rua Mordecai has been selected as Science Coordinator for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and will begin work on October 12. Rua comes to the LCC, having served most recently as the Bird Monitoring Coordinator for the private, state, and federal conservation partnership Southeast Partners in Flight. In that role, Rua has been working with national, regional, and local partners to reach across taxa-boundaries and ensure that monitoring efforts are fully integrated into conservation decisions. He has also helped create numerous decision-support tools to help partners store, use, and share monitoring information, including simple analysis tools for land managers (http://tools.sepif.org/abundancer) and a guide to web technology for bird conservation (http://webtechguide.sepif.org/). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2007 for work on the distribution of species and communities at multiples scales. Please join me in welcoming Rua and wishing him well in his new position.

In the area of science, I want to let you know that the work on identifying priority science needs during the workshop has been refined by the interim steering committee from your input and I am posting it here for your review. SALCC priority science needs May 7 2010.docx Within the next couple of weeks we hope to provide you with information summarizing the projects that were funded this year to support these priorities. I also anticipate providing information to LCC governance. In the meantime, I encourage you to provide us with feedback or contact us with any questions you have on what we are up to and next steps. Ken (919) 707-0121