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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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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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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...
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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 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 states...
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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...
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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Southeast Blueprint 2020The 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.Extent of Southeast Blueprint 2020The Southeast Blueprint covers the entire SECAS geography with the exception of the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the appropriate spatial plans have not yet been identified. The SECAS geography encompasses the states and territories...
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This indicator measures the condition of estuarine fish habitat along the Atlantic coast. It incorporates metrics of water quality, marsh edges, seagrass and oyster reefs, fragmentation, human development, and more. Areas of excellent fish habitat are already in good condition and face few threats; restoration opportunity areas are doing well in some respects, but restoration projects could significantly improve them; degraded areas of opportunity face many challenges, and restoration projects are unlikely to increase available fish habitat unless particularly large in scope and scale.Reason for SelectionThis indicator captures many factors influencing the condition of Atlantic estuarine fish habitat quality. It...
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Overall Approach The South Atlantic Ecosystem Indicators (30 m resolution) were spatially modeled, tested, reviewed, and used as inputs identify areas of high ecosystem integrity. To aid in the modeling process, we first removed areas with low conservation value, like most developed areas, as well as reservoirs. These areas would not be prioritized in the Blueprint anyway. The indicators then served as inputs into Zonation, a conservation planning framework and software that produces a hierarchical prioritization of the landscape. We ran Zonation within the six separate inland subregions of the South Atlantic. Zonation ranks the pixels in each subregion according to the current condition of the indicators, using...
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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...
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This indicator is a continuous index that measures the amount of natural landcover in the estimated floodplain, by catchment.Reason for SelectionHabitat near rivers and streams is strongly linked to water quality and instream flow (Naiman 1997), is easy to monitor and model, and is widely used and understood by diverse partners. These buffers provide a “front line defense” for aquatic systems.Input Data– Estimated Floodplain Map of the Conterminous U.S. from the EPA EnviroAtlas (see this factsheet for more information)– 2016 National Land Cover Database (NLCD)– National Hydrography Dataset Plus Version 2 (NHD Plus Version 2)Mapping Steps1) We used the EPA estimated floodplain layer to estimate riparian buffers.2)...
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 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 depicts the ability of coastal habitats to migrate to adjacent lowlands in order to sustain biodiversity and natural services under increasing inundation from sea-level rise. It is based on the physical and condition characteristics of current tidal complexes, their predicted migration space, and surrounding buffer areas. These characteristics include marsh complex size, shared edge with migration space, sediment balance, water quality, natural landcover, landform diversity, and many others.Reason for SelectionThe resilient coastal sites indicator seeks to capture features of salt marshes that are important for salt marsh species and ecosystem function both now and in the future. Many of these characteristics,...
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This indicator is an index of habitat suitability for four shorebird species (American oystercatcher, Wilson’s plover, least tern, and piping plover).Reason for SelectionThis index represents a variety of ecosystem features and the species selected are already being monitored for the entire region by state and Federal agencies. The relative use of beach habitat by shorebird species for nesting, foraging, and breeding is an indicator of beach quality.Input Data South Atlantic Blueprint 2021 extentWilson’s Plover and American OystercatcherBetsy 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 Janell...
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This indicator measures the number of aquatic animal Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) observed within each HUC12 subwatershed. SGCN are identified in State Wildlife Action Plans as most in need of conservation action.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 South Atlantic Blueprint 2021 extent Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) SGCN HUC12 summaries - provided by the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership in March 2021 as a geodatabase containing one polygon feature...


map background search result map search result map Indicator: Marine Birds Draft Conservation Blueprint 2020: Priorities for shared action Indicator: Permeable Surface Indicator: Imperiled Aquatic Species Indicator: Riparian Buffers Indicator: Amphibian and Reptile Areas Indicator: Intact Habitat Cores Indicator: Low Urban Historic Indicator: Forest Birds Indicator: Resilient Coastal Sites Southeast Blueprint 2020 Southeast Blueprint 2020 Hubs and Connectors Indicator: Marine & Estuarine - Atlantic Estuarine Fish Habitat Indicator: Freshwater - Imperiled Aquatic Species Indicator: Terrestrial - Beach Birds Indicator: Terrestrial - Intact Habitat Cores Indicator: Terrestrial - Marsh Birds South Atlantic Ecosystem Integrity Scores 2021 Southeast Blueprint 2021 SECAS Boundary Southeast Blueprint 2021 Input Areas Draft Conservation Blueprint 2020: Priorities for shared action Indicator: Permeable Surface Indicator: Imperiled Aquatic Species Indicator: Riparian Buffers Indicator: Amphibian and Reptile Areas Indicator: Intact Habitat Cores Indicator: Low Urban Historic Indicator: Forest Birds Indicator: Resilient Coastal Sites Indicator: Freshwater - Imperiled Aquatic Species Indicator: Terrestrial - Beach Birds Indicator: Terrestrial - Intact Habitat Cores Indicator: Marine & Estuarine - Atlantic Estuarine Fish Habitat Indicator: Terrestrial - Marsh Birds South Atlantic Ecosystem Integrity Scores 2021 Indicator: Marine Birds Southeast Blueprint 2021 Input Areas Southeast Blueprint 2021 SECAS Boundary Southeast Blueprint 2020 Southeast Blueprint 2020 Hubs and Connectors