As you probably have noticed, most of the discussion about ecosystems within your Cooperative has been about the broad ecosystem types (Forested wetland, Marine, Upland hardwood, etc). Are there specific, finer-scale ecological systems that might fall through the cracks looking at such broad ecosystems?

This new report assesses threats to the 72 terrestrial ecological systems of the South Atlantic LCC region. It also uses nationally and globally consistent approaches so the work can roll up with other efforts in surrounding regions.

One big take home message from the report was that we should pay particular attention to Southern Piedmont Dry‐Oak (Pine) Forest. It was the only ecological system that had both a high level of threats (including development pressure) and a very low percentage of its acreage in conserved lands.

Read the full report