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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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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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Freshwater Marsh Ecosystem Integrity - Blueprint 2.0 This layer is part of an older version of the Blueprint. This data represents the Blueprint 2.0 ecosystem integrity scores for the freshwater marsh 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 indicator folder in the Blueprint 2.0 data gallery for more information about indicator spatial data. The integrity scores for this system are based on indicators within the freshwater marsh and landscapes ecosystem. These 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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Forested Wetland Amphibians This layer is an older version of one of the South Atlantic LCC indicators in the forested wetland ecosystem. It captures Priority Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Areas within forested wetlands. This indicator was updated in Blueprint 2.1 to extend it to new areas of the forested wetland ecosystem map. Reason for Selection Amphibians provide an indicator of the condition and arrangement of embedded isolated wetlands. Input Data South Atlantic LCC Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) served as input data for this indicator. PARCAs are a nonregulatory designation whose purpose is to raise public awareness and spark voluntary action by landowners and conservation...
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Forested Wetland Extent This layer is an older version of one of the South Atlantic LCC indicators in the forested wetland ecosystem. It captures the overall acres of forested wetlands present in the South Atlantic geography. This indicator was most recently updated in Blueprint 2.2. The updated version uses an improved resampling method and reflects changes in how extent indicators and ecosystem maps are envisioned. Reason for Selection Overall acreage provides an indicator of whether forested wetlands being inundated by sea level rise are being replaced or restored somewhere else. It is also well monitored and resonates with a diversity of audiences. Input Data, Mapping Steps, and Known Issues -- This indicator...
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Draft Blueprint 2020The Blueprint is a living spatial plan for sustaining natural and cultural resources in the face of future change. It identifies opportunities for shared conservation action, prioritizing the lands and waters of the South Atlantic based on natural and cultural resource indicator models and a connectivity analysis. So far, more than 500 people from over 150 organizations have actively participated in developing the Blueprint. To learn more about the Blueprint, visit the Blueprint page.Priority CategoriesHighest priority for shared action: the most important areas for natural and cultural resources based on indicator condition. This class covers 10% of the South Atlantic geography.High priority...
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This cultural resource indicator is an index of sites on the National Register of Historic Places surrounded by limited urban development. It identifies significant historic places that remain connected to their context in the natural world.Reason for SelectionLow-urban historic landscapes indicate significant cultural landscapes whose cultural context has been less impacted by urban growth. Cultural landscapes are “properties [that] represent the combined works of nature and of man” (UNESCO 2012). Reductions in natural habitat within these cultural landscapes reduce their overall historic and cultural value.Input DataThe National Register of Historic Places reflects what Americans value in their historic built...
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This indicator represents the size of large, unfragmented patches of natural habitat. It identifies minimally disturbed natural areas at least 100 acres in size and greater than 200 meters wide.Reason for SelectionLarge areas of intact natural habitat are favorable for conservation of numerous species, including reptiles and amphibians, birds, and large mammals. The Esri Green Infrastructure data covers the entire United States and has been used in other broad-scale conservation planning efforts, so using this existing data helps align the Blueprint with other conservation efforts and reduce duplication of effort. We chose to use “Core Size (acres)” as the metric for this indicator. Other evaluation attributes included...
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This indicator is an index based on the size of freshwater and saltwater marsh patches. Patch size thresholds are based on the habitat needs of four species of marsh birds.Reason for SelectionLarger, better connected wetlands are positively associated with fish (Meynecke et al. 2008), shrimp (Turner 1977), and marsh birds. In particular, seaside sparrow (Benoit and Askins 2002, Rush et al. 2009), saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow (Benoit and Askins 2002), and marsh wren (Rush et al. 2009) have been associated with marsh area effects. Other species are expected to be limited based on home range size. In addition, wave attenuation increases with wetland area (Shepard et al. 2011). Over time, a decrease in patch size...
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The Southeast Conservation Blueprint is a map of important areas for conservation and restoration across the Southeast and Caribbean. The Blueprint is the primary product of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). Through SECAS, diverse partners are working together to design and achieve a connected network of lands and waters that supports thriving fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people.Southeast Blueprint 2021 Input AreasThis layer depicts the areas where each Blueprint input was used in Southeast Blueprint 2021. It is also the best current approximation of the analysis extent for each subregional Blueprint input. It can serve as a resource for determining which of...
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The Southeast Conservation Blueprint is a map of important areas for conservation and restoration across the Southeast and Caribbean. The Blueprint is the primary product of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). Through SECAS, diverse partners are working together to design and achieve a connected network of lands and waters that supports thriving fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people.
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Resilient Biodiversity Hotspots This layer is one of the South Atlantic LCC indicators in the landscapes “habitat aggregate”, which is intended to capture connections across all terrestrial ecosystems. It is an index of mostly natural, high-diversity areas potentially resilient to climate change. Reason for Selection Resilience scores quantify a combination of landscape diversity and local connectedness, stratified by geophysical setting and ecoregion. These measures represent the the diversity of microclimates available to species based on their topography, wetland density, and elevation range, as well as the connectivity of natural cover. This builds on research from Anderson and Ferree (2010), who showed geophysical...
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Freshwater Marsh Extent This layer is an older version of one of the South Atlantic LCC indicators in the tidal and nontidal freshwater marsh ecosystem. It captures the overall acres of freshwater marsh in the South Atlantic geography. This indicator was updated in Blueprint 2.2 to use an improved resampling method and reflect changes in how extent indicators and ecosystem maps are envisioned. Reason for Selection Overall acreage provides an indicator of whether tidal freshwater marsh being inundated by sea level rise is being replaced or restored somewhere else. It is also well monitored and resonates with a diversity of audiences. Input Data, Mapping Steps, and Known Issues -- This indicator was created as...
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Unaltered Beach This layer is an outdated version of one of the South Atlantic LCC indicators in the beach and dune ecosystem. It is an index of altered beaches capturing impacts from hardened structures like jetties, groins, and infrastructure. This indicator was updated in Blueprint 2.2 to incorporate more recent data from the Coastal Barrier Resources System, which is used to set the boundaries of undeveloped beaches. The updated indicator was also extended to new areas of the beach and dune ecosystem map. Reason for Selection Altered beaches (including human developments along shorelines, jetties, groins, seawalls, revetments, and other structures) provide a measure of overall habitat alteration. Human infrastructure...
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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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Beach Birds This layer is an older version of one of the South Atlantic LCC indicators in the beach and dune ecosystem. It is an index capturing observed abundance of four shorebird species. This indicator was updated in Blueprint 2.1 to rescale it from 0-100 for consistency with other continuous indicators. Reason for Selection This index represents a variety of ecosystem features and the species selected are already being monitored for the entire region by state and Federal agencies. Input Data Wilson's Plover and American Oystercatcher Betsy Von Holle (University of Central Florida) led a project that included state waterbird biologists in the South Atlantic: Tim Keyes, Felicia Sanders, Sara Schweitzer, and...
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This indicator is a continuous index of highly productive areas for birds that feed exclusively or mainly at sea. It uses seasonal predictions of relative abundance for sixteen species of marine birds. Note: This indicator is at a 200 m resolution, which is coarser than other indicators used in the 2020 Blueprint.Reason for SelectionMarine birds help identify key areas of ocean productivity and overall ocean health, are regularly monitored, and resonate with a variety of audiences. This indicator complements the marine mammal index by providing finer spatial resolution and stronger connections to forage fish productivity.Input Data– Blueprint 2.1 ecosystem map (see Appendix A)– Potential species to include in this...
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This indicator is an index of habitat suitability for twelve upland hardwood and forested wetland bird species based on patch size and other ecosystem characteristics such as proximity to water and proximity to forest and ecotone edge.Reason for SelectionThis index represents a variety of ecosystem features and is already being modeled and monitored for the entire region by the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture. The needs of these forest bird species are increasingly restrictive at higher index values, reflecting better quality habitat.Input Data– Southeast GAP species models:Chuck-will’s widow (bCWWI)Red-headed woodpecker (bRHWO)Wood Thrush (bWOTH)Whip-poor-will (bWPWI)American Woodcock (bAMWO)Hooded Warbler (bHOWA)Kentucky...


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