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We propose to support the revision and implementation of the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative’s Conservation Blueprint by integrating its Ecosystem Indicators into a structured decision support system that makes explicit how the Indicators are interrelated and how these will respond to management and policy interventions aimed at improving the conservation status of the South Atlantic region. Our specific objectives are to (1) develop ecological production functions that predict theecological impacts of selected conservation actions relative to current conditions, and to propagate these impacts through other affected systems or functions; (2) codify protocols for updating and curating geospatial...
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) recently completed an unprecedented assessment of almost 14,000 dams in the Northeastern United States. The Northeast Aquatic Connectivity (NAC) project allows fisheries managers and other interested parties to assess dams at multiple scales based on their potential to benefit anadromous and resident fish species if removed or bypassed. This work has continued, with support from NOAA and USFWS, in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, where data refinements and further analysis have produced a web map and tool that allow users to interactively prioritize dams for mitigation at multiple scales and with varying criteria.The Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) has recently completed...
Project Goals and Objectives:1) increase the utility of the International Shorebird Survey (ISS) for making shorebird management and conservation decisions within the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and2) create a single data management system that can service all partners along the Atlantic coastProject Summary:The utility of the International Shorebird Survey (ISS) has been greatly improved with an upgraded, user-friendly interface for data entry and retrieval. Manomet and ISS have contributed to the increasingly powerful citizen science bird records mechanism in eBird. Historic ISS data collected largely by volunteers as well as professional federal and state biologists over the last 40 years...
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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...
The Southeast Aquatic Resource Partnership will direct development of science-based instream flow information for water resource managers and policy makers of the SALCC. The outcome of this project will help inform water resource managers and policy makers about flow requirements of streams, rivers, and estuaries of the SALCC region. It will also identify critical information gaps that must be filled to reduce the uncertainty of streamflow requirements for aquatic ecosystems used by state and federal agencies to protect water resources. Further, the results of this project will include assessments of the likely impacts of climate change to the region’s aquatic resources.
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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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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 measures the number of aquatic species within each watershed that are listed as G1 (globally critically imperiled), G2 (globally imperiled), or threatened/endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.Reason for SelectionThis indicator identifies areas with abundant rare and endemic aquatic species that would benefit from conservation actions. It captures patterns of rare and endemic species diversity not well-represented by other freshwater indicators.Input Data– Estimated Floodplain Map of the Conterminous U.S. from the EPA EnviroAtlas (see this factsheet for more information)– [National Hydrography Dataset Plus Version 2] (http://www.horizon-systems.com/NHDPlus/NHDPlusV2_home.php) (NHD Plus...
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Southeast Blueprint 2020 Hubs and ConnectorsThis layer combines the hubs and connections underlying Southeast Blueprint 2020 in the South Atlantic, Florida, and Appalachian subregions.Input Data– South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 2020: Hubs and corridors (considered connectors)– Appalachian NatureScape Design (Phase II): Local cores and regional cores were considered hubs, while local connectors and regional connectors were considered connectors– Florida Blueprint 1.3: The Florida Blueprint 1.3 update provides a layer that depicts hubs and connections (considered connectors)Mapping StepsSouth Atlantic Hubs: Union together the vectors for marine and inland hubs. Add a “SA_Input” field. Calculate that...
The project objectives are as follows: To map out current and future levels of habitat connectivity in the South Atlantic region, from the standpoint of multiple groups of terrestrial wildlife species; 2. To prioritize key corridors and linkage areas based on their relative importance and centrality within the overall habitat network and their relative influence on the viability of target wildlife populations; 3. To publish data layers representing the outcomes from the first two objectives, in such a way as to significantly improve conservation decision-making across the South Atlantic LCC region
This project seeks to develop a tool that strategically identifies priority areas for land protection. This is a pilot study to assess the extent of taxa that contain adequate genetic sampling within the south Atlantic ecoregion for characterization of intraspecific genetic variation. We seek to use genetic data from multiple taxa coupled with GIS data to provide a genetic landscape from which geographic patterns of intraspecific genetic diversity will be inferred. Joint analyses of the resulting genetic landscapes will be used to identify geographic areas where multiple species show atypical patterns of interpopulation divergence or intrapopulation diversity (i.e., a hotspot of high biological value). We will then...
Sea level rise (SLR) and disturbances from increased storm activity are expected to diminish coastal habitats available for sea turtle, seabird, shorebird, and beach mouse nesting by removing habitat as well as inundating nests during critical incubation periods. The goal of our proposed research is to evaluate past nesting patterns of fourteen coastal nesting species and predict future effects of sea level rise on nesting beaches along the South Atlantic Bight. Maps of coastal vulnerability to SLR combined with historical data sets of long-term and spatially extensive nesting habitat will lead to models that enhance our understanding of the complex environmental changes occurring from global climate change and...
The USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center (SESC) Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) database provides records of sightings and capture data of non-native (introduced) aquatic species over the entire the United States (Benson 1999). For areas within the SALCC region, the NAS currently contains records dating back to 1885 for over 200 nonindigenous plant and animal species. This project seeks to utilize these data along with new GIS-based data on current and future (e.g. SLEUTH) landscape and climate parameters to develop models of invasive species introductions and dispersal across the SALCC region. Both multi- and single species models will be considered in these analyses. We will then utilize a formal decision-analytic...
There are myriad barriers to aquatic connectivity beyond dams, with culverts at road crossings primary among them. UGA will lead the effort to develop a database of these non-dam blockages and model the likelihood that each is a barrier to fish movement, including mussel hosts. This process, described in more detail below, will result in a GIS point layer with numeric attributes that describe the likelihood that any given crossing is a blockage to fish passage. This data will be incorporated into the dam database to produce a database of all known and potential barriers in the region. This unified database will form the unit of analysis for the subsequent connectivity assessment in which each of the barriers will...
The South Atlantic LCC is seeking technical assistance in the testing process for their newly chosen terrestrial natural resource indicators (http://www.southatlanticlcc.org/indicators). For each ecosystem and the three indicators within each ecosystem, South Atlantic LCC staff and collaborators are seeking to answer the following: 1) How well does each indicator represent a variety of organisms and ecological attributes within the ecosystem and throughout a major portion of the LCC? What does it miss? 2) How well does combination of three indicators within each ecosystem represent a variety of organisms and ecological attributes within the ecosystem and throughout a major portion of the LCC? What do they miss?...
The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint is a living spatial plan to conserve natural and cultural resources for future generations. It identifies shared conservation priorities across the South Atlantic region. The first Blueprint, Version 1.0, was released in March 2014. Blueprint 1.0 was based on a combination of expert input and partner plans and used a spatial scale of HUC-12 subwatersheds in the terrestrial environment and outer continental shelf lease blocks in the marine environment. More than 300 people from 85 organizations were actively involved in developing this version of the Blueprint.
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: 2014, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS, Academics & scientific researchers, Applications and Tools, All tags...
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This indicator is a continuous index that measures the percent of non-impervious cover by catchment.Reason for SelectionImpervious cover is easy to monitor and model, and is widely used and understood by diverse partners. It is also strongly linked to water quality, estuary condition, eutrophication, and freshwater inflow (Schueler et al. 2009, Wenger et al. 2008, Uphoff et al. 2011).Input Data– 2016 National Land Cover Database: Percent developed imperviousness– National Hydrography Dataset Plus Version 2 (NHD Plus Version 2)Mapping Steps1) We calculated percent impervious for each NHD Plus catchment using the NLCD 2016 impervious surface layer and the ArcGIS Zonal Statistics as Table tool.2) We converted percent...
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 draws from the Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs), an expert-driven, nonregulatory designation that captures places capable of supporting viable amphibian and reptile populations.Reason for SelectionReptiles and amphibians provide an indicator of the condition and arrangement of embedded isolated wetlands.Input DataSouth Atlantic Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) served as input data for this indicator. PARCA is a nonregulatory designation established to raise public awareness and spark voluntary action by landowners and conservation partners to benefit amphibians and/or reptiles. Areas are nominated using scientific criteria and expert review, drawing...


map background search result map search result map Models of ecological uplift from conservation activities in the SALCC Testing South Atlantic LCC terrestrial indicators Indicator: Marine Birds Mechanisms of aquatic species invasions across the SALCC Investigation of the effects of sea level rise on sea turtle, shorebird, seabird, and beach mouse nesting distributions within the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative region Identifying and prioritizing key habitat connectivity areas for the South Atlantic region Enhancing the utility of International Shorebird Survey data management Identifying priority areas for land protection in the South Atlantic: a landscape genetics pilot study Managing instream flows of the SALCC South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 1.0 Draft Conservation Blueprint 2020: Priorities for shared action Blueprint 2020 Data Download Indicator: Permeable Surface Indicator: Imperiled Aquatic Species Indicator: Amphibian and Reptile Areas Indicator: Low Urban Historic Indicator: Forest Birds Southeast Blueprint 2020 Hubs and Connectors Models of ecological uplift from conservation activities in the SALCC Testing South Atlantic LCC terrestrial indicators Mechanisms of aquatic species invasions across the SALCC Investigation of the effects of sea level rise on sea turtle, shorebird, seabird, and beach mouse nesting distributions within the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative region Identifying and prioritizing key habitat connectivity areas for the South Atlantic region Enhancing the utility of International Shorebird Survey data management Identifying priority areas for land protection in the South Atlantic: a landscape genetics pilot study Managing instream flows of the SALCC South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 1.0 Blueprint 2020 Data Download Draft Conservation Blueprint 2020: Priorities for shared action Indicator: Permeable Surface Indicator: Imperiled Aquatic Species Indicator: Amphibian and Reptile Areas Indicator: Low Urban Historic Indicator: Forest Birds Indicator: Marine Birds Southeast Blueprint 2020 Hubs and Connectors