South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative releases Conservation Blueprint 2.2

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) recently released a revision of its Conservation Blueprint. The SALCC, which is part of a broader network of 22 similar cooperatives across North America, the US Pacific, and Caribbean islands, 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.

Like earlier versions, release 2.2 of the South Atlantic LCC Conservation Blueprint is a spatial plan that identifies priority areas for shared conservation action based on terrestrial, freshwater, marine, and cross-ecosystem indicator condition and connectivity. It uses the current condition of those indicators to prioritize the most important areas for natural and cultural resources across the South Atlantic geography. Through a connectivity analysis, the Blueprint also identifies corridors that link coastal and inland areas and span climate gradients.

Major improvements in release 2.2 include updated indicator data, a new marine birds indicator, improved corridor methods, a new approach to open water in lakes and reservoirs, more complete documentation of known issues, and more. More than 500 people from over 150 different organizations actively participated in the development of release 2.2. 

Blueprint 2.2 and its associated layers can be downloaded at the Conservation Planning Atlas) for use with a geographic information system, or it can be explored online using the Simple Viewer which summarizes the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint at a subwatershed and marine lease block scale.  

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