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This indicator is a continuous index of dolphin and whale density based on monthly density predictions for ten species of cetaceans and yearly density predictions for three rarer cetacean species. Note: This indicator is at a 200 m resolution, which is coarser than other indicators used in the 2020 Blueprint.Reason for SelectionMarine mammals help identify key areas of ocean productivity and overall ocean health, are regularly monitored, and resonate with a variety of audiences. Marine mammals are often used as ocean health indicators due to their long life spans, feeding at a high trophic levels, and large blubber stores that can serve as repositories for anthropogenic chemicals and toxins (Bossart 2011).Input...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, BIOSPHERE, BIOSPHERE, All tags...
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This indicator is an index capturing how far upstream migratory fish have been observed. It also includes adjacent areas where habitat access could be restored through fish passage and hydrological barrier removal efforts.Reason for SelectionMigratory fish presence reflects uninterrupted connections between freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems. Aquatic connectivity benefits diadromous fish and is considered a high priority for the integrity of aquatic ecosystems.Input Data– Southeast Aquatic Connectivity Assessment Project (SEACAP)– Watershed Boundary Dataset (September 2015 release)– Estimated Floodplain Map of the Conterminous U.S. from the EPA EnviroAtlas (see this factsheet for more information)Mapping...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, All tags...
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This indicator represents the amount of overall acres of forested wetlands currently present in the South Atlantic geography.Reason for SelectionOverall acreage of existing forested wetlands 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– 2016 National Land Cover Database (NLCD)Mapping StepsAny pixels identified as “woody wetlands” in the 2016 NLCD were considered existing forested wetland.Final indicator valuesIndicator values were assigned as follows:1 = Forested wetlandDisclaimer: Comparing with Older Indicator VersionsThere are numerous problems...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, BIOSPHERE, All tags...
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This indicator is an index of habitat suitability for three pine bird species based on observational data and predictive models.Reason for SelectionThis species index represents the structure and function of pine ecosystems in the Southeast. The presence of all three species indicates high pine ecosystem quality.Input Data– Blueprint 2.1 ecosystem map (see Appendix A)–The distribution of red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis), Northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus), and Bachman’s sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis) are included in the index.Northern BobwhiteTo model the distribution of bobwhite, the National Bobwhite Technical Committee used an extensive series of initial and revision workshops, where a multitude...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, BIOSPHERE, All tags...
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This indicator depicts an area’s ability to continue supporting species diversity and ecosystem function in the face of climate change. It measures landscape diversity (topographic complexity) and local connectedness (connected natural landcover). Complex and connected sites are considered resilient because they contain many different microclimates and allow species to move to adjust to changing conditions.Reason for SelectionResilience scores quantify a combination of landscape diversity and local connectedness, stratified by geophysical setting and ecoregion. These measures represent the number of microclimates available to species and the current state of the landscape. This builds on research from Anderson and...
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This indicator represents the overall acres of maritime forest currently present in the South Atlantic geography. Reason for Selection Overall acreage of existing maritime forest provides an indicator of whether maritime forest being inundated by sea level rise is being replaced or restored somewhere else. Since maritime forest has been substantially reduced from its historic extent, protecting the remaining acreage of existing maritime forest is important. It is also well monitored and resonates with a diversity of audiences. Input Data Maritime forest distribution was obtained from each state: – VA: Berman, M.R. and H. Berquist, 2007. Coastal Maritime Forests in Virginia - Delineation and Distribution. Final report...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, All tags...
The Southeast Blueprint User Guide is a resource to help conservation professionals use the Blueprint to bring in new resources and inform decision-making. It compiles different examples of real Blueprint uses to provide new ideas about how to connect to this larger strategy. It showcases the approaches, wording, and maps that Blueprint staff have found to work best in different situations. It showcases a range of case studies, grouped into a few themes that summarize the primary ways people have used the Blueprint.
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This indicator is an index of fire-maintained, open canopy habitat. It attempts to capture previous fire in the pine ecosystem by using LANDFIRE data (1999-2010) as a proxy for regularly burned habitat.Reason for SelectionThis indicator represents the overall structure and condition of the habitat, is regularly monitored, and is widely used and understood by diverse partners.Input Data– Data from the LANDFIRE program (also known as the Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) were used to quantify fire distribution. LANDFIRE is a cooperative project from The Nature Conservancy, the USDA Forest Service, Department of the Interior, and other agencies. Specifically, vegetation disturbance data for 1999–2010...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, All tags...
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This indicator captures the overall acres of freshwater and saltwater marsh currently present in the South Atlantic geography.Reason for SelectionOverall acreage of existing freshwater and saltwater marsh provides an indicator of whether 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– 2016 National Land Cover Database (2016 NLCD)Mapping StepsPixels identified as “emergent herbaceous wetlands” in the 2016 NLCD were considered existing marsh.Final indicator valuesIndicator values were assigned as follows:1 = Freshwater or saltwater marshDisclaimer: Comparing with Older Indicator VersionsThere are...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, All tags...
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The Blueprint 2020 Data Gallery is a website dedicated to the Blueprint 2020 spatial data. This website is located on the South Atlantic Blueprint Atlas. On this website, users can explore the Blueprint 2020 spatial data as well as the spatial data used to create Blueprint 2020. This website features an interactive mapping feature so that users who do not have access to desktop GIS can explore the spatial data.
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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 2020 Input AreasThis layer depicts the areas where each Blueprint input was used in Southeast Blueprint 2020. 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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Blueprint 2020»Download the Blueprint 2020 development process to read the full documentation as a pdf«The 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 the current condition of natural and cultural resource indicators, and a connectivity analysis. So far, more than 700 people from over 200 organizations have actively participated in developing the Blueprint. To learn more about the Blueprint, visit the Blueprint page. To learn more about the indicators, visit the indicator page.Priority CategoriesHighest priority for shared...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, All tags...
This project integrates a reforestation decision support model for priority forest breeding birds and a restoration decision support tool for the federally-threatened Louisiana Black Bear. It was developed specifically to focus habitat restoration projects on frequently flooded agricultural lands within priority portions of the delta of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, which were funded primarily by the Walton Family Foundation in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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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 2020 SECAS BoundaryThis SECAS boundary layer depicts the extent of the SECAS geography. Extent of SECAS BoundaryThe SECAS geography encompasses the states and territories that are part of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which includes 15...
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This indicator measures the protected status or potential stress (i.e., shipping traffic, dredge disposal) of solid substrate and rocky outcroppings.Reason for SelectionHardbottom extent and condition is particularly important for a variety of marine species. Hardbottom provides an anchor for important seafloor habitat such as deepwater corals, plants, and sponges, supporting associated invertebrate and fish species. It is impacted by landscape scale stressors (e.g., water quality degradation, mining, dredging, and beach renourishment), can be monitored and modeled with existing information, and is widely used and understood by diverse partners.Input Data– The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) South Atlantic Bight Marine...
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This indicator is a continuous index of water quality, sediment quality, and benthic community condition that reflects the overall abiotic status of open water estuaries.Reason for SelectionThis index measures the overall abiotic condition of the estuarine system and captures human impacts on the environment like nonpoint source pollution. It is well-monitored and is synthesized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) every five 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 quality index, sediment quality index, benthic index, coastal habitat index, and fish tissue contaminants...
The Blueprint 2020 Development Process is a final report that explains in detail how the Conservation Blueprint was created. It first provides an overview of the South Atlantic LCC and the Blueprint framework, then combines the metadata available on the Conservation Planning Atlas for all ecosystem maps, ecosystem indicators, ecosystem scores, corridors, and final Blueprint priorities. It is intended to serve as a comprehensive guide to the Blueprint objectives, data sources, and methodology that could enable an interested reader to reproduce the Blueprint independently.
Categories: Data; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, BIOSPHERE, All tags...
The Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Integrated Data Management Network (IDMN) worked with over 20 organizations over two years to bring coherence to the LCC information management landscape. Specifically, the IDMN Network tried to address ways LCC partners implemented the basic building blocks of data management. Issues addressed included building and sharing science products with partners, securely storing those data for the long term, and evaluating ways to get those outputs to cooperators and eventually the public. Over the course of the IDMN project, the scope was expanded to address ways to track projects that produced scientific outputs, as well as build communications products and tools to help community...
Categories: Data; Tags: Completed, DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING, DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING, DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING, DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING, All tags...
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This indicator is an index of impacts from hardened structures like jetties, groins, and human infrastructure.Reason for SelectionAltered beaches (including human developments along shorelines, jetties, groins, seawalls, revetments, and other structures) provide a measure of overall habitat alteration. Human infrastructure along shorelines generally stabilizes barrier islands, and thereby impedes beach migration and barrier island rollover processes. Additionally, seawalls are difficult to locate on aerial photography, and developed shorelines may act as a surrogate for unmapped shoreline armoring.Groins, seawalls, jetties, and revetments have resulted in narrowing of beaches, or greater beach loss, compared to...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, BIOSPHERE, All tags...


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