During the week of June 10th, several members of your South Atlantic LCC staff traveled down to Atlanta, GA to meet in person with several regional offices including the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, The National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Nature Conservancy.

These face to face gatherings provided an ideal opportunity to build better relationships by comparing relevant goals and objectives across agencies and identifying opportunities for future work. The meetings began with a brief overview of the mission, goals and accomplishments of the Cooperative over the past year and a vision for where the Cooperative will be devoting its efforts over the coming year. Presentations included an in-depth inquiry into the science framework being used in the development for your Cooperatives Conservation Blueprint and an overview of the Conservation Planning Atlas.

The gatherings convened with an open dialogue where participants had the opportunity to voice any concerns or interest and interact directly with SALCC staff members.

As a Cooperative that serves stakeholders over a broad range, the importance of these types of face-to-face interactions can’t be overstated. They provide an opportunity to build long-lasting relationships, share relevant and interesting updates and identify ways the Cooperative is working to promote a sustainable landscape.

To learn more about these meetings, please contact Ken McDermond (SALCC Coordinator) or Rua Mordecai (SALCC Science Coordinator).