Workshops scheduled to review draft Conservation Blueprint in the South Atlantic region

Recently, the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) announced that it is hosting a series of workshops during spring 2017 to review a draft revision of its Conservation Blueprint and to prioritize cooperative activities. The SALCC encourages forest products companies and landowners with operations in the South Atlantic region to participate in one of the workshops to help ensure that the Blueprint captures the value of working lands.

The SALCC is part of a broader network of 22 similar cooperatives across North America, the US Pacific, and Caribbean islands, and is a partnership made up of more than 800 individuals from federal agencies, regional organizations, states, tribes, nonprofits, universities and other groups. Its mission is to facilitate conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources, guided by a shared adaptive blueprint. Dr. Ben Wigley of NCASI serves as a member of the SALCC Steering Committee.

The South Atlantic LCC Conservation Blueprint is a spatial plan that identifies priority areas for shared conservation action based on ecosystem indicator condition and connectivity. More than 400 people from over 100 different organizations have actively participated in its development so far. You can explore the current version of the Blueprint, Version 2.1, on the Simple Viewer at blueprint.southatlanticlcc.org.

Dates and locations of the spring 2017 workshops are as follows.

– Chapel Hill, NC: Tuesday, March 21

– Tallahassee, FL: Tuesday, April 11

– Atlanta, GA: Thursday, April 13

– Richmond, VA: Thursday, April 27

– Charleston, SC: Tuesday, May 2

– Columbia, SC: Thursday, May 4

More details about the workshops, including venues, a draft agenda, and a registration link are available at http://www.southatlanticlcc.org/2017-blueprint-workshops/.   

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