Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy
SECAS brings together public and private organizations around a bold vision for the future of our region. We're connecting the lands and waters of the Southeast and Caribbean to support healthy ecosystems, thriving fish and wildlife populations, and vibrant communities. With a data-driven spatial plan and an ambitious regional goal, SECAS helps accelerate conservation action in the places where it will make the biggest impact.
From the blog
Engaging private landowners at the National Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) held their 77th annual meeting last month in New Orleans, and I had the pleasure of attending on behalf of SECAS. The NACD is a group of local representatives from every single county (or parish, if you’re in Louisiana) in every single state and territory across the country. They provide feedback to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) about the needs of the local agricultural community, which has a direct effect on Farm Bill allocations. These groups were formed in response to the “Dust Bowl” and have had a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in addition to the USDA.Read more...
Spring 2023 Third Thursday Web Forum schedule
Here’s the flyer for the spring SECAS Third Thursday Web Forum schedule! This webinar series is held on the third Thursday of each month at 10 am Eastern time.
During the March web forum, I will talk about new ways to access the Southeast Conservation Blueprint data online. The April webinar will showcase an amazing Southeast living shoreline success story. In May, as part of a bigger series of virtual workshops, Rua and other members of SECAS staff will host a workshop to review the draft Blueprint 2023 priorities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Please note, that workshop webinar will last an extra half-hour (10:00-11:30 am ET, instead of ending at 11:00 as we usually do). It will also require advance registration and use special connection information. More details on workshops will be available in the next newsletter.Read more...
New features added to the Blueprint Explorer viewer
We recently added two new and exciting features to the Southeast Conservation Blueprint Explorer viewer: filtering the Blueprint by the underlying indicators, and viewing different data layers on the map. As a reminder, the Explorer is a simple online interface designed to make it easy to discover how a particular area is scoring in the Blueprint, and why. Back in December, I talked about the new pixel data mode that allows you to drill into the smallest unit of the Blueprint analysis–a 30 m by 30 m square pixel–and find out what’s driving the priorities.Read more...
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