Hi Everyone,

    I wanted to let you know about a project Amy Keister and I have been working on.  Ken and Rua met with Camp LeJeune in the fall of last year where Camp LeJeune posed a conservation question.  They wanted to know where the most opportunities were to work with conservation partners on the landscape to keep a specific low altitude military flight training route for nighttime pilots dark.  Of course this type of question is right up our alley.  We mapped the training route, used some draft future year predictions of urbanization, data on threats and opportunities from One NC Naturally, and data from the US Census Bureau to show where, under the training route, locations were most likely to urbanize between now and 2050, what the specific opportunities for conservation were at those locations, and what cultural resources were in the immediate vicinity.  Once we manipulated and analyzed the data, we developed a decision support tool for use by Camp LeJeune as they move forward with their conservation project.  It was an exciting project and we had lots of fun applying data from our partners to explore a specific conservation question to facilitate partnering.  If you’re interested in more details, either Amy or I would be happy to talk with you more about our work, and we are always interested in expanding the usefulness of our products.  I look forward to hearing from you.