Louise Vaughn

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About Louise Vaughn

Louise works as an extension associate through the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit at North Carolina State University. She helps people use the South Atlantic and Southeast Blueprints to make conservation decisions, and incorporates user feedback to improve future versions of these landscape-scale conservation plans.

Simple Viewer updated with Conservation Blueprint 2.0 – explore your Blueprint!

Your cooperative has updated the Simple Viewer with Blueprint 2.0. It’s faster, leaner, and shows the status of indicators within your areas of interest. The updated Simple Viewer allows you to see how much of Blueprint 2.0 priority areas, ecosystems, and indicators are within specific sub-watersheds or marine lease blocks. You can also see how well indicators are doing within [...]

By |August 3rd, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Simple Viewer updated with Conservation Blueprint 2.0 – explore your Blueprint!

Updating the Simple Viewer: Minimal is big

Prepare yourself: it’s coming. Following the release of Conservation Blueprint 2.0, next month (August 2015) we will present the second generation of the Simple Viewer. This new viewer will display Blueprint 2.0, which uses indicators for terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments to produce a totally data-driven prioritization at a 200 meter resolution. Faster and leaner, the [...]

By |July 7th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Updating the Simple Viewer: Minimal is big

Public comment period for Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Our National Parks are our treasures and responsibility. Please engage in the public comment period for the NC Highway 12 Protection activities Special Use Permit at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Comments are due by February 27, 2015.

By |February 12th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Public comment period for Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Spread the word – five reasons to attend a Blueprint workshop

South Atlantic staff need your help to turn out the conservation community for the upcomingBlueprint 2.0 workshops! Want to see who's signed up so far? Follow this link... If you see any gaps, please spread the word and recruit your colleagues! Here's five reasons you can give to attend a Blueprint 2 .0 workshop: The [...]

By |February 5th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Spread the word – five reasons to attend a Blueprint workshop

The Simple Viewer: a new way to use the Conservation Blueprint

The Simple Viewer is a new way to explore the Conservation Blueprint Version 1.0. It's fast and easy. Use the Simple Viewer to quickly find places important to you and your mission. Click on a watershed to learn more about that area, like who to partner with, potential changes in landcover, how much land is currently [...]

By |January 8th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on The Simple Viewer: a new way to use the Conservation Blueprint

ENCSEVA meeting in Manteo Jan 28th

The Eastern North Carolina/ Southeastern Virginia Strategic Habitat Conservation Eco-team (ENCSEVA) is meeting in Manteo, NC on January 28th and 29th. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about what's happening with conservation practitioners and natural resource managers in the northern third of the South Atlantic LCC geography. Contact Matt Connolly (matt_connolly@fws.gov) for more [...]

By |January 8th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on ENCSEVA meeting in Manteo Jan 28th

What truthiness, maps, and witches have in common

   A few years ago Stephen Colbert coined a new term that resonated with everyone who has ever waded into the waters of map making and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Truthiness. Truthiness refers to that feeling you get when you don’t have to prove you’re right about something because you just know you’re right. We [...]

By |December 5th, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on What truthiness, maps, and witches have in common

Strategic Conservation Planning for the Eastern NC/ Southeastern VA (ENCSEVA) Eco-team report now available and online

The Strategic Conservation Planning report for the the Eastern North Carolina/ Southeastern Virginia Strategic Habitat Conservation Team (ENCSEVA) report is now available as a technical bulletin on the NC State University Extension Resource Catalog. The URL is http://content.ces.ncsu.edu/strategic-conservation-planning-for-the-eastern-north-carolinasoutheastern-virginia-strategic-habit.pdf. ENCSEVA is a partnership among local federal agencies and programs with a mission to apply Strategic Habitat Conservation [...]

By |November 3rd, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Strategic Conservation Planning for the Eastern NC/ Southeastern VA (ENCSEVA) Eco-team report now available and online

Conversing in conservation

The other day I was talking to a friend, an entomologist, about the under-appreciation of insects and reptiles. As we lamented over the lack of love for those that creep, crawl, pollinate, and break down the messier parts of life, my friend commented, “it’s too bad so many people assume any snake or spider they [...]

By |September 30th, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Conversing in conservation

Confessions of a conservation planner

Nothing is as humbling as announcing to a room full of people, “I’m a conservation planner and have asked you to attend this meeting because I have a new planning tool to help you identify and prioritize your actions”.  As I watch eyes start to either glaze or glare, I smile in what even I [...]

By |July 1st, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Confessions of a conservation planner