The Steering Committee has given Blueprint 2.0 the Good Housekeeping South Atlantic LCC Seal of Approval! It’s official—Blueprint 2.0 has been approved. Huge thanks to everyone who attended a workshop, participated in indicator revision, provided a comment, served on the user and conservation design teams, or otherwise helped shape this exciting update to our shared vision of the region’s conservation future. Moving from expert-driven Blueprint 1.0 to a completely data-driven Blueprint in a little over a year was no small undertaking. This is your cooperative, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

The Blueprint, all the indicator layers and supporting datasets, and ecosystem prioritizations from Zonation are now all available on the Conservation Planning Atlas in the Blueprint 2.0 folder. Amy gave a great tour of that data gallery in her blog post last month.

What’s next on the horizon? We’re moving Blueprint 2.0 into the Simple Viewer–scheduled for release in next month’s newsletter–and continuing to make progress on data improvements for the small update we’re calling “Blueprint 2.1”. Blueprint 2.1 will use the same methods as Blueprint 2.0. It just refines a couple of indicator datasets that weren’t quite ready for prime time by 2.0, and addresses some of the known issues with the current Blueprint.

But most importantly, as you hopefully gathered from Matt’s blog, we’re moving as a cooperative into a brave new world of Blueprint implementation—truly using it to facilitate conservation action and investment. We started gaining momentum with Blueprint 1.0—conservation practitioners used it to secure grant funding, focus fish passage and barrier removal efforts, and provide landscape context in public lands planning, just to name a few. On-the-ground decision-makers have repeatedly told the staff of your cooperative that Blueprint 2.0 will have a lot more practical relevance to their daily work, since it has a finer spatial scale and is powered by the natural and cultural resource indicator models.

It’s time to be bold and test that hypothesis—what can Blueprint 2.0 do for you? And by using the Blueprint in your work, what can you do for your partners?

As always, Louise and I are here for you as your faithful Blueprint user support team. Do you need help using the Conservation Planning Atlas, writing a grant, or sharing the Blueprint with your colleagues? Let us know. Your staff are going to be spending a lot of time in the next year spreading the word about the Blueprint and helping people use it. This is an amazing opportunity to work together to make a measurable difference for the resources we care about. And of course, your feedback will be critical to ensuring the next generations of the Blueprint just keep getting better and better.

We want to hear from you! Call us at 919-707-0252, or email us at southatlanticlcc@gmail.com. Or you can email me personally at hilary_morris@fws.gov.