HolidayEditionIn honor of the steadily dropping winter temperatures, I’d like to conclude the Blueprint in Action series with a Holiday Edition blog post.  Whether you celebrate some denomination of Chrismahanukwanzakah, the lighting of the Yule Log, or Festivus for the Rest of Us (for any Seinfeld fans out there), you probably noticed the holiday tunes making their annual return to the radio…oh…sometime around Halloween.  So many of these songs feature impassioned pleas to a certain chubby fellow in a red suit for a particular gift–and it seemed only fitting to share with the Cooperative what I want this year.

I’m happily married, so I can’t really relate to Mariah Carey’s popular request for “you”; I don’t have room in my apartment for a hippopotamus and can’t say I condone the exotic pet trade, anyway; and thanks to regular dental visits and Vitamin C consumption, my two front teeth are quite firmly attached.  So I suppose all that’s left to ask for is an email or phone call from you, Blueprint user!

You can reach me and Louise at or 919-707-0252.  We’d love to discuss the Blueprint with you!  If you’re going to miss my corny jokes, Paint illustrations, and Blueprint ramblings, send me your “Blueprint in Action” experience and I’ll keep the creative juices flowing for another few months.  Otherwise—this is it from me for 2014!  Last but not least, our final Blueprint user is Mark Cantrell with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services office in Asheville, NC.  He typically focuses his fish passage and hydrologic barrier removal efforts in truly pristine watersheds, but the convergence of three different landscape-scale prioritization efforts steered him to undertake work in less pristine areas where restoration opportunities for migratory fishes abound!  A U.S. FWS fisheries strategic watershed plan, an American Rivers dam removal prioritization tool, and your Cooperative’s Conservation Blueprint all guided Mark to less pristine Piedmont basins like parts of the Cape Fear and Yadkin-Pee Dee, where he has already begun actually removing dams and creating dam removal designs.  That’s proof of the power of a shared vision!

I’ll catch you in the new year!