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Functional diversity of South Atlantic fish communities

There’s nothing fishy about functional diversity! I am pleased to announce that back in October (2018), my co-authors and I published a research article in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society titled “State and Regional-Scale Patterns and Drivers of Freshwater Fish Functional Diversity in the Southeastern US.” This work was primarily conducted to assess the [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Featured, Member Blog|Comments Off on Functional diversity of South Atlantic fish communities
  • People in field clothes standing on a dam.

Introducing SARP’s new tool to prioritize aquatic barriers across the Southeast

Cross-posted with permission from SARP's online news. IT’s HERE! The Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) just released a NEW tool to prioritize dams and road-stream crossing barriers across the entire SARP region. This tool created by the Conservation Biology Institute and SARP allows partners to prioritize dams and road-stream crossings for potential removal or remediation [...]

By |February 28th, 2019|Featured, Member Blog|Comments Off on Introducing SARP’s new tool to prioritize aquatic barriers across the Southeast
  • Road covered in water and debris

Addressing legal disincentives to sea-level rise adaptation in the South Atlantic

Flooding on N.C. 12 on Pea Island in Dare County. Photo courtesy of NCDOTcommunications/Flickr, CC BY 2.0. As local governments throughout the South Atlantic struggle to adapt to sea-level rise, they're faced with a number of legal challenges. I'm sure you can think of at least 1 regularly flooded coastal road where you [...]

By |February 22nd, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Addressing legal disincentives to sea-level rise adaptation in the South Atlantic
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Southeast Conservation Blueprint Version 3.0 officially released

Shared from Rua's post on the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy blog Southeast Blueprint Version 3.0 identifies high value areas for conservation and restoration across the Southeast and Caribbean. Southeast Conservation Blueprint 3.0 data are now final and ready for you to use. The major improvements in this version include: Integration of new data from the Texas Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT): This fills in [...]

By |February 15th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Southeast Conservation Blueprint Version 3.0 officially released

4th National Climate Assessment – key messages for the Southeast

The 4th National Climate Assessment has been released by the Global Change Research Program. I’m including a summary of the key messages for the Southeast Region and some links below. Key messages for the Southeast: Southeastern cities are highly vulnerable to heat, flooding, and vector-borne disease (think mosquitoes borne diseases). In rural communities, more frequent [...]

By |December 17th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on 4th National Climate Assessment – key messages for the Southeast

*UPDATED* Winter 2018 Third Thursday Web Forum schedule

The government shutdown threw a wrench in our Third Thursday Web Forum lineup this winter. We've rescheduled the January talk for February and updated the flyer. Hope you'll join us! >>Click here for an interactive pdf of the flyer, with functioning links.

By |December 10th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on *UPDATED* Winter 2018 Third Thursday Web Forum schedule

Better regional depiction of military priority areas in development

Lately I've been helping the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) improve the mapping of their priorities. SERPPAS is a six-state partnership comprised of state and federal agencies that promotes collaboration in making resource-use decisions supporting conservation of natural resources, working lands, and national defense. A big focus of the partnership is facilitating actions in [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Better regional depiction of military priority areas in development

What is the status of the LCCs?

I’m often asked about the status of LCCs in general and about the South Atlantic LCC in particular, to which I usually reply, “they’re in transition.” While this transition is a continuing and evolving process, with different pathways in different parts of the country, I wanted to provide my perspectives on the status of the [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on What is the status of the LCCs?

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

SECAS exhibit booth at SEAFWA. The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) was highlighted in several ways at the recent SEAFWA conference in Mobile, AL. Our exhibit table provided an excellent platform to show off some of the recent SECAS accomplishments, including: Update of the Southeast Conservation Blueprint to Draft Version 3.0 Discussion of [...]

By |November 9th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on SECAS at the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) annual meeting

Goal for Southeastern ecosystems approved by state wildlife agency directors

A couple of weeks ago, the directors of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) unanimously approved an explicit goal for Southeastern ecosystems. This was a high priority improvement in the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). I've been talking about the steps leading up to this goal in my last few blog posts. [...]

By |November 9th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Goal for Southeastern ecosystems approved by state wildlife agency directors