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Third Thursday Web Forum – Longleaf pine management: Modeling increased water availability from prescribed fire

October 20th, 2016: “Longleaf pine management: Modeling increased water availability from prescribed fire” with Rua Mordecai, South Atlantic LCC The South Atlantic LCC has been collaborating with U.S. Forest Service hydrologists to predict increased water availability resulting from longleaf pine management. This is part of a larger effort to make proposals to national programs from the South Atlantic region [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Impacts of conservation actions on water quantity and quality

I've been spending a lot of time working with Blueprint users this year. Whether they're looking at land protection, prescribed fire, stream restoration, or even fishery management one key theme keeps emerging: water. How would proposed conservation actions impact water quantity and quality? That's often an entire scored section of a proposal for national funding [...]

By |September 30th, 2016|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Impacts of conservation actions on water quantity and quality

**CANCELLED** Third Thursday Web Forum – Improvements to the Simple Viewer for Blueprint 2.1

**The August web forum has been cancelled. Due to some technical difficulties and delays with contracting, the updates to the Simple Viewer are unlikely to be ready by August 18th. This web forum has been tentatively rescheduled for the October Third Thursday Web Forum slot, 10/20 at 10 am.** August 18th, 2016: “Improvements to the Simple Viewer: What’s [...]

By |August 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Third Thursday Web Forum – South Atlantic FUTURES urbanization model

June 16th, 2016: “The FUTURES model: An open-source tool for understanding where cities will grow in the future and how this will impact conservation efforts" with Derek Van Berkel, NC State University Center for Geospatial Analysis Increasing global population is accelerating urbanization and rapidly transforming natural systems to impervious built environments. Emerging development challenges include: where (and [...]

By |June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Third Thursday Web Forum – Draft Blueprint 2.1 review and recommendations

May 19th, 2016: “Draft Blueprint 2.1 review and recommendations for the future” with Rua Mordecai, South Atlantic LCC Rua will provide an overview of the development of the next version of the Blueprint. He will highlight the indicator updates incorporated in Blueprint 2.1 and present a draft of Blueprint 2.1 for review. You'll have a chance to provide [...]

By |May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Freshwater aquatic indicator revisions

The indicator testing and revision team is halfway though the process of revising the freshwater aquatic and waterscapes indicators. A few of these revisions are in pretty good shape and are ready for a broader set of folks to review: 1) Improved Riparian Buffer Indicator This new layer is finer scale, uses updated landcover, and [...]

By |December 7th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Freshwater aquatic indicator revisions

Using South Atlantic indicators to report on potential benefits of Wildland Fire investment

As you might remember, the Conservation Blueprint, ecosystem indicators, and the strong relationships you've all built in this region recently helped bring in some new money for prescribed fire (click here to read the original post about it). Now it's time to start using the indicators to report back on impacts. It takes a few [...]

By |December 7th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Using South Atlantic indicators to report on potential benefits of Wildland Fire investment

Connecting actions to indicators: An update from the Duke team

For many conservation or resource management organizations, understanding how to measure the impacts of management actions is an important task and the South Atlantic LCC is no exception. The endpoints are clear--the Blueprint indicators-- so the task becomes modeling how management actions (e.g., prescribed burning, ecosystem restoration, land acquisitions) affect them. I am one of [...]

By |November 4th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Connecting actions to indicators: An update from the Duke team

Virginia is for longleaf lovers

At times it’s difficult to work in the conservation field and not feel jaded. There is always so much to do and it's hard to measure our progress towards the end goal. When will we arrive at that future point we describe as sustainable, viable, and complete? Time is limited, decisions must be made with [...]

By |October 6th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Virginia is for longleaf lovers

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!