We are happy to report that the Simple Viewer for Conservation Blueprint 2.2 has been updated with new functions, but is still the same easy-to-use viewer that you know and love.

First off, we want to give a big thanks to Brendan Ward from CBI on all the creative and technical work he has done to make the Blueprint and the underlying data more accessible to our users.

In this update, you can still select a subwatershed or marine lease block to explore the Blueprint and indicators in that area. You can still find information about other conservation plans that overlap that area and learn about the partners and protection status of land in that area. You can now also see charts showing projected sea level rise inundation and urban growth in the area.

We are excited to introduce a new feature, downloadable reports for each watershed or marine lease block. After you have selected an area, click on the “download report” link (circled in red in the image below), to download a word document containing the summarized information on the Blueprint, indicators, and threats for the selected watershed. You can then copy and past any info you want from that report into your own documents. For example, if you are applying for funding to perform a conservation action in this subwatershed, you can use this report to generate charts and tables describing the Blueprint priorities in this subwatershed.

Another exciting new feature is the “pixel mode.” When you click on the “view pixel-level details” button on the right hand side (circled in red in the image below) you will see a bulls-eye appear in the middle of the map. The panel on the left-hand side will then tell you about the Blueprint priority and indicator values that occur under that bulls-eye. You can then use your cursor (the hand) to pan the map around to move a different area underneath the bulls-eye. This allows you to see exactly why a specific area has been prioritized in the Blueprint. This so helpful, even to us staff members who are pretty familiar with the Blueprint already. In the past we had to pull up a desktop GIS system (like ArcGIS) in order to do this. Now we can quickly explore the Blueprint in the Simple Viewer and all we need is an internet connection!

This brings us to the final cool new feature I want to share about this update. The Simple Viewer is now mobile friendly. So pull out your smartphone, open up a web browser, and navigate to the Simple Viewer. You’ll see the same Simple Viewer you know and love, but it will be formatted to help you navigate it on the smaller screen of your mobile phone.

If you want to learn more about this update, please virtually join us on November 15th at 10:00 am to see the Simple Viewer in action on our monthly Third Thursday webinar.