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The state of Southeastern ecosystems

How are the ecosystems of the Southeast doing? How is that changing over time? I've been working on integrating ecosystem assessments across the Southeast to get at those key questions, primarily to support a major task this year for the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS): developing an explicit and near-term goal. The big idea is trying [...]

By |August 6th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on The state of Southeastern ecosystems

Cool critters in the deepwater priority areas of the South Atlantic Blueprint

Many people less familiar with the offshore waters of the South Atlantic ask about this long swath of Blueprint priority going down the Atlantic. I've circled the general area in black in the picture below. It's a particularly interesting area at the continental margin where a mix of currents and substrate support a rich and [...]

By |August 3rd, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Cool critters in the deepwater priority areas of the South Atlantic Blueprint

Coming this fall in the SECAS update…

Here are a few of the updates and new resources planned for the fall Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) update: Update of the Texas part of the Blueprint using new information from the Texas Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT). With this update, the Blueprint will provide seamless coverage over most of the United States. Integrated [...]

By |July 6th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Coming this fall in the SECAS update…

Greenways and trails indicator will be finalized next month

We received some excellent feedback on the draft greenways and trails indicator Rua blogged about last month. Specifically, we're updating some greenway and trail information in OpenStreetMap for western North Carolina and Florida. The overall methodology capturing both the connected length of greenway networks and natural greenway condition will stay the same. We're working to [...]

By |July 5th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Greenways and trails indicator will be finalized next month

The South Atlantic millions of years ago

There are a bunch of really interesting landscape features and patterns of diversity around us that were formed millions of years ago. It's easy to forget that, when the first primates emerged around 35 million years ago, you could walk on dry land pretty far into what's now the Atlantic Ocean. If you go even [...]

By |June 20th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on The South Atlantic millions of years ago

Summer 2018 Third Thursday Web Forum schedule

We have a great list of topics lined up for our Third Thursday Web Forum series this summer! As always, we host this webinar every third Thursday of the month at 10 am. I hope you'll join us to learn more about at-risk species in longleaf, how to use the South Atlantic and Southeast Blueprints [...]

By |June 7th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Summer 2018 Third Thursday Web Forum schedule

Part 2: Another preview of the online guide to using the Blueprint

My blog post from last month gave an overview of a project Rua and I are working on: an online guide to using the Blueprint. As a little preview of what to expect, it showcased a Blueprint use case that will go into that guide, walking through how you can use the Blueprint to strengthen your [...]

By |June 6th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Part 2: Another preview of the online guide to using the Blueprint

Greenways and trails indicator up for review

Ready to take a look at the new greenways and trails indicator we keep talking about? A draft is now up on the Conservation Planning Atlas. This indicator captures the recreational value and opportunities to connect with nature provided by greenways and trails. It integrates naturalness at multiple scales and overall connectivity. It also covers [...]

By |June 4th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Greenways and trails indicator up for review

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies develops white paper on landscape conservation collaboration

This summary came from the bi-monthy Landscape Conservation Bulletin published by the Network for Landscape Conservation. As the Bulletin is an aggregation of news in the field, readers should consider subscribing to get future updates and also to post their own landscape conservation news and stories. To learn more and sign up, visit the website [...]

By |June 3rd, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies develops white paper on landscape conservation collaboration

Preview of the online guide to using the Blueprint

As you heard if you tuned into last month's web forum on using the Blueprint to strengthen your proposals, Rua and I have been working on an online guide to using the Blueprint. Think of it as a compilation of different examples to inspire you and provide new ideas about how to connect to this [...]

By |May 8th, 2018|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Preview of the online guide to using the Blueprint