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New study shows longleaf corridors increase plant diversity

This figure from the paper shows one of 10 experimental landscapes from the study, each containing a center fragment that is either connected or unconnected to peripheral fragments of open longleaf pine savanna surrounded by dense pine plantations. Photo credit: Google Earth 2019. So much connectivity work is about finding ways for large [...]

By |January 10th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on New study shows longleaf corridors increase plant diversity

Who used the Blueprint in 2019: A South Atlantic Blueprint user roundup

South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint 2.2 Let’s ring in the new year by looking back at who used the South Atlantic Blueprint in 2019! We’ll get into a few stories in detail, but first, as NPR’s Kai Ryssdal says on Marketplace, “let’s do the numbers.” So far, over 140 people from 65 different organizations [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Who used the Blueprint in 2019: A South Atlantic Blueprint user roundup

The Nature Conservancy’s Resilient Coastal Sites for Conservation in the South Atlantic

Marsh on Bulls Island at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in SC. Photo courtesy of the USFWS. Our coastal and estuarine environments are key areas to build and sustain resiliency in the face of climate change. These places provide important habitats for wildlife and provide vital ecosystem services like shoreline stabilization, water filtration, [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on The Nature Conservancy’s Resilient Coastal Sites for Conservation in the South Atlantic

Winter Third Thursday Web Forum schedule released

The winter Third Thursday Web Forum schedule is now available. We’re skipping the December web forum for the holidays, and we've lined up our first speakers in 2020! As always, these webinars are held on the third Thursday of each month at 10 am Eastern time. We hope you'll join us in the new year. [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Winter Third Thursday Web Forum schedule released

South Atlantic indicator improvements in the works

As you probably know by now, we're always working on ways to improve the South Atlantic Ecosystem Indicators. With a South Atlantic Blueprint update on the horizon for next year, we're putting some extra focus on those indicator improvements. We have a prioritized list of things to work on based on feedback from Blueprint users [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on South Atlantic indicator improvements in the works

A fun way of looking at how species use the deep ocean

This deep-sea lizardfish was seen around 1,610 meters (5,282 feet) during the final dive of the Windows to the Deep 2019 expedition. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019. Sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my head around the depths of the ocean. [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on A fun way of looking at how species use the deep ocean

A changelog for the Southeast Blueprint

We've added something new to the release of Southeast Blueprint 4.0---a changelog. As always, we like to borrow best practices from the tech world to make the Blueprint more useful. A changelog is an easy-to-read document that captures the significant changes made in each version of a project or software program. So, the Southeast Blueprint [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on A changelog for the Southeast Blueprint
  • Mallory reviews the draft of Southeast Blueprint 4.0 with Gordon Myers (Executive Director of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission) and Ed Carter (Executive Director - TN Wildlife Resources Agency)

SECAS at the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA)

Gordon Myers (Executive Director of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission) and Ed Carter (Executive Director of the TN Wildlife Resources Agency) review the draft of Southeast Blueprint 4.0. The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) was featured prominently at the recent SEAFWA conference in Hilton Head, SC. Most notably, a half-day symposium attended by [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on SECAS at the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA)
  • Map of Draft Southeast Blueprint 4.0

Southeast Blueprint 4.0 finalized

Southeast Blueprint Version 4.0 is now finalized! It was presented and reviewed at the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) annual meeting a couple of weeks ago. Since no one raised any concerns or caught any mistakes, it's officially ready to use. We made lots of great improvements this year, including: Fixed the [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Southeast Blueprint 4.0 finalized
  • Estimated percent change in indicator over 4 years based on most recently available data.

Report on recent trends in Southeastern ecosystems now online

Shared from Rua’s post on the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy blog Estimated percent change in indicator over 4 years based on most recently available data. You may remember that, last year, SECAS officially adopted a goal of a 10% or greater improvement in the health, function, and connectivity of Southeastern ecosystems by 2060. One of the [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Report on recent trends in Southeastern ecosystems now online