A group of conservation professionals investigating a map.
Conservation professionals review a previous draft of the Blueprint at an in-person workshop in the South Atlantic subregion.

We’ve reached an exciting milestone in the development of the new and improved 2022 version of the Southeast Conservation Blueprint–it’s workshop time! Check out the workshop page to learn more and register.

SECAS is hosting a series of 16 workshops during the first 3 weeks of May to review draft Southeast Blueprint 2022 across 15 states. Each workshop will last 1.5 hours and be hosted via Zoom. The workshops will focus on either a group of states or a subregion. You’ll have the opportunity to provide detailed, spatially explicit feedback on the draft Blueprint by zooming into areas that you know and capturing places that are represented well, overprioritized, or underprioritized–as well as places that you just have questions about.

The input we gather will help ensure the Blueprint represents on-the-ground conditions and captures the priorities of the broader conservation community. It also helps us as staff prioritize future improvements. As a living plan, the Blueprint is always a work in progress, so it’s great to hear firsthand from experts and Blueprint users which “known issues” are most important to fix first!

Invitations have already gone out to the 1,700+ people who have participated in the development of the Southeast Blueprint in some way–largely by contributing to one of the subregional input plans that are stitched together in the current Blueprint (Appalachian NatureScape Design, Nature’s Network Design, Gulf Hypoxia Blueprint, Middle Southeast Blueprint, Florida Blueprint, Florida Marine Blueprint, South Atlantic Blueprint, TX and OK Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool, and Caribbean Landscape Conservation Design).

Workshops are free! Please feel free to spread the word with folks who might be interested! If you have questions, contact me at hilary_morris@fws.gov.

Here’s the link to the workshop page one more time: http://secassoutheast.org/workshops. Hope to see you there!