There is now an updated draft of the Blueprint on the Conservation Planning Atlas. The biggest change is that the Blueprint now extends 200 miles into the ocean to cover the full LCC area in the Atlantic. Thanks to everyone that’s participated in the marine ‘virtual workshops’ and follow-up discussions that’s made this draft possible. More information on this effort is in the description of the map in the Conservation Planning Atlas
Amy, Brad, and I have also been working on making it easier to access the information behind why specific subwatersheds were selected. This latest version makes some progress on that front. If you use the identify button (the button with the “i” on it) and click on a subwatershed, it will now list the existing plans that overlap with that subwatershed. There are number of other neat tricks you can do (e.g., filtering by actions like Land/Water protection to see high priority areas just for that action). If you want to learn more about those, read Amy’s blog this week. We’re still working on the best way to allow you to easily access the workshop comments too. For folks who have reviewed the Blueprint so far, being able to access the “why” for each selection has been one of the major requests.
Other changes include: 1) Renaming the highest priority category “Highest priority” instead of ‘“No regrets” (Many reviewers didn’t like and/or were confused by use of the term “No regrets”) and 2) Fixing a GIS error in an area Southwest of Charleston, SC (None of the existing plans were being counted in this area so some subwatersheds that should have been “High” or “Highest” priority were shown as “Further investigation”
Thanks again to everyone that’s provided review comments so far. They’ve been very helpful in prioritizing updates to this current version and future improvement for version 2.0. If you have time, please take a look at this latest version (especially the new part that goes from the inshore waters into the open ocean). Comments will be most helpful by March 21st and there are review instructions in the description section at the bottom of the map