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A changelog for the South Atlantic Blueprint

We’ve added a changelog to the South Atlantic Blueprint 2020 release! As you probably know by now, 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 [...]

By |November 9th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on A changelog for the South Atlantic Blueprint

Southeast Blueprint 2020 now officially complete

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) annual conference was last week, and that means an updated version of the Southeast Conservation Blueprint. Significant improvements over the last version include: Major improvements to the inland area covered by the South Atlantic Blueprint including finer resolution and a more connected network of priorities.Improvements to [...]

By |November 3rd, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Southeast Blueprint 2020 now officially complete

Updates from the SECAS Coordinator

Shared from Mallory's post on the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) blog Back in July, I reported on new membership for the SECAS Steering Committee, and since change is the constant in life, the Steering Committee is adjusting once again. I’m pleased to announce Robert Boyles, Director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Updates from the SECAS Coordinator

The Blueprint and building resilience

Hurricane Laura approaches the Gulf Coast. Photo by NOAA Satellites/Flickr. The sheer number and magnitude of the natural disasters in 2020 is breathtaking. While choosing just one catastrophe out of the cornucopia of calamities is hard, the record-breaking hurricane season must surely be toward the top of the list. For the first time [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on The Blueprint and building resilience

Fall 2020 Third Thursday Web Forum schedule

The fall Third Thursday Web Forum schedule is now available, so take a look at our upcoming speakers and mark your calendars! We're switching to Microsoft Teams to conveniently run the audio and video connection through the same platform. As always, these webinars are held on the third Thursday of each month at 10 am [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Fall 2020 Third Thursday Web Forum schedule
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Black Rail Conservation Plan complete

Cover of Black Rail Conservation Plan, featuring photo by Bob Gress. If you haven't already heard, the Black Rail Conservation Plan is now out. The South Atlantic has lots of important black rail habitat. We're also looking at using data from the effort to improve our marsh indicators.  The newly released conservation plan [...]

By |September 4th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Black Rail Conservation Plan complete

Update on Southeast Fire Map project

Prescribed fire at St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. One thing we're hoping to improve for next year's South Atlantic Blueprint update is the previously burned pine habitat indicator. Getting polygons representing the burn history of sites across the entire South Atlantic has been difficult--especially [...]

By |September 4th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Update on Southeast Fire Map project

South Atlantic Blueprint 2020 is now available

South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint 2020 is now available! Thanks so much to the 111 people from 60 different organizations who reviewed the Blueprint during the virtual workshops. We were able to make a few improvements in the final Blueprint based on your comments - especially in the North and Central Coastal Plain subregions. We've fully [...]

By |August 18th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on South Atlantic Blueprint 2020 is now available

New synthesis paper on coastal/ocean acidification in the Southeast

In laboratory experiments, this pterapod shell dissolved over the course of 45 days in seawater adjusted to an ocean chemistry projected for the year 2100. Image from NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory (EVL). For those that haven't seen it yet, there's a new paper out covering the causes and consequences of coastal/ocean acidification in [...]

By |August 7th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on New synthesis paper on coastal/ocean acidification in the Southeast

Results of Draft South Atlantic Blueprint 2020 virtual workshops

Comments from a North Coastal Plain workshop. We had so much fun hosting two weeks of virtual workshops to review Draft South Atlantic Blueprint 2020! Thanks again to everyone who attended and provided feedback. While we wish we could have met in person, Mural seemed to work pretty well as an online alternative [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Results of Draft South Atlantic Blueprint 2020 virtual workshops