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Hilary Morris

Landscape Conservation Application Scientist

Email: hilary_morris@fws.gov
Office Phone: 919 707-0252
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Draft Pine & Prairie Ecosystem Integrity - Blueprint 2.2 This data represents the Blueprint 2.2 ecosystem integrity scores for the pine and prairie ecosystem within the South Atlantic LCC geography. To read more about the indicators, please visit the indicator page. Input Data and Mapping Steps Indicators (200 m resolution) were spatially modeled, tested, reviewed, and used as inputs to derive high integrity areas. Please see the Blueprint 2.2 data gallery for more information about indicator spatial data. The integrity scores for this system are based on the pine and prairie indicators, freshwater aquatic indicators, landscapes indicators, and waterscapes indicators. These indicators served as inputs into...
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Coastal Condition (Combined) This layer is an older version of one of the the South Atlantic LCC indicators in the estuarine ecosystem (both estuarine marsh and estuarine open water). It is an index of coastal condition capturing water quality, sediment quality, and benthic community condition. This indicator was updated with more current data in Blueprint 2.1. Reason for Selection This index measures the overall abiotic condition of the system, is well monitored, and is synthesized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) every 5 years. It integrates measures of water quality, sediment quality, and benthic habitat quality. Input Data The EPA Coastal Condition Index (CCI) is a ranking derived from a water...
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Upland Hardwood Ecosystem Integrity - Blueprint 2.1 This layer is part of an older version of the Blueprint. This data represents the Blueprint 2.1 ecosystem integrity scores for the upland hardwood ecosystem within the South Atlantic LCC geography. To read more about the indicators, please visit the indicator page. Input Data and Mapping Steps Indicators (200 m resolution) were spatially modeled, tested, reviewed, and used as inputs to derive high integrity areas. Please see the Blueprint 2.1 data gallery for more information about indicator spatial data. The integrity scores for this system are based on the upland hardwood indicators, landscapes indicators, freshwater aquatic indicators, and waterscapes indicators....
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Maritime Forest Ecosystem Integrity - Blueprint 2.1 This layer is part of an older version of the Blueprint. This data represents the Blueprint 2.1 ecosystem integrity scores for the maritime forest ecosystem within the South Atlantic LCC geography. To read more about the indicators, please visit the indicator page. Input Data and Mapping Steps Indicators (200 m resolution) were spatially modeled, tested, reviewed, and used as inputs to derive high integrity areas. Please see the Blueprint 2.1 data gallery for more information about indicator spatial data. The integrity scores for this system are based on some landscape indicators and a freshwater aquatic indicator. These indicators served as inputs into Zonation,...
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Migratory Fish Connectivity This layer is one of the South Atlantic LCC indicators in the waterscapes “habitat aggregate”, which is intended to capture connections across all aquatic ecosystems. It is an index capturing how far upstream different migratory fish species have been observed. Reason for Selection Aquatic connectivity, which benefits diadromous fish, is considered a high priority for the integrity of aquatic ecosystems. Input Data -- Southeast Aquatic Connectivity Assessment Project (SEACAP) Mapping Steps 1) We used HUC 12 watershed boundary dataset polygons to dissect the polygons representing functional catchments. We did this by using the intersect function in ArcGIS. This sliced up the functional...
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