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National Academies of Sciences release review of LCCs

You can view the full press release on the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) website. As you may know, last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asked the NAS to review the LCC program, at the request of Congress. Overall, the report notes that LCCs occupy a unique niche in the conservation community, addressing landscape [...]

By |December 7th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on National Academies of Sciences release review of LCCs

South Atlantic LCC events at the 2015 SEAFWA conference

Are you attending the 2015 SEAFWA conference next month in Asheville, NC? If so, there will be plenty of opportunities to talk to South Atlantic LCC staff and get an update on the Conservation Blueprint. I think you'll find your cooperative is very well represented at this conference! Come find us at one of these great [...]

By |October 5th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on South Atlantic LCC events at the 2015 SEAFWA conference

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries convenes meeting with three state LCCs

Rua and I attended a great meeting on Tuesday with staff from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VA DGIF) and the two other LCCs in Virginia: the Appalachian and North Atlantic. The event was organized by Cale Godfrey, the VA DGIF Steering Committee rep to the South Atlantic LCC, as well as his [...]

By |September 3rd, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries convenes meeting with three state LCCs

RESTORE Council releases Draft Initial Funded Projects List–and it includes the Strategic Conservation Assessment Proposal!

Big news from the RESTORE Council: they released the Draft Initial Funded Priorities List (draft FPL) for public comment. Among the $140 million in projects selected is the ~$1.9 million "Strategic Assessment of Gulf Coast Landscapes" proposal that was submitted through the Department of Interior (DOI). LCCs figure prominently in the conservation design work outlined in [...]

By |August 18th, 2015|Member Blog|Comments Off on RESTORE Council releases Draft Initial Funded Projects List–and it includes the Strategic Conservation Assessment Proposal!

Gulf Coast RESTORE Council issues its initial list of proposed projects for natural resource restoration

WASHINGTON – Aug 13, 2015 - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today commended the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for issuing its initial list of proposed projects for meaningful and lasting natural resource restoration for Gulf Coast communities in the wake of the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The RESTORE Council today proposed using [...]

By |August 17th, 2015|Member Blog|Comments Off on Gulf Coast RESTORE Council issues its initial list of proposed projects for natural resource restoration

Blueprint helps bring new longleaf implementation funds to the South Atlantic

What's one of the biggest barriers to implementing the Blueprint? Money, right? That's why using the Blueprint to bring new conservation funds to the region is one of the major Blueprint use cases. It's also a continuing focus of the yearly South Atlantic LCC work plans. Now that there's been an official announcement, I can [...]

By |July 8th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Blueprint helps bring new longleaf implementation funds to the South Atlantic

Say it like you mean it

Choosing short and sweet indicator names in the State of the South Atlantic was a challenging exercise. Shakespeare tells us in Hamlet that “brevity is the soul of wit”—well, it’s also the soul of clear and understandable plain language writing. Who wants to slog through “percent impervious cover by catchment” when “impervious surface” will communicate the [...]

By |July 7th, 2015|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on Say it like you mean it

The South Atlantic LCC goes to Washington

Two weeks ago, the Department of Interior's National Climate and Energy Task Force invited the LCC Network and Climate Science Centers to provide a progress update and showcase their accomplishments at a meeting in Washington, D.C.  Both your Cooperative and the Southeast Climate Science Center sent staff—Rua, Adam Terando, and me—to make a presentation highlighting our successful [...]

By |September 30th, 2014|Blueprint Staff Blog|Comments Off on The South Atlantic LCC goes to Washington