South Atlantic LCC

Setting a course for a sustainable landscape

Conservation Blueprint 2.0

Create a shared blueprint for landscape conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources South Atlantic LCC mission

*See a brief one-page factsheet on the Blueprint

Why is a Blueprint needed?

The lands and waters of the South Atlantic are changing rapidly. Climate change, urban growth, and increasing human demands on resources are reshaping the landscape. While these forces cut across political and jurisdictional boundaries, the conservation community does not have a consistent cross-boundary, cross-organization plan for how to respond. The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint will be that plan. 

What is the Blueprint?

The Conservation Blueprint is a spatially-explicit, living plan that describes the places and actions needed to meet the Cooperative’s shared conservation objectives in the face of future change 

How was Blueprint 2.0 developed?

Blueprint 2.0, released in June 2015, is a totally data-driven plan. Priorities are based on natural and cultural resource indicator models and a connectivity analysis. The final version of Blueprint 2.0 reflects extensive feedback from the broader Cooperative community through online comments and a series of 8 in-person workshops across the South Atlantic geography. More than 400 people from over 100 organizations have actively participated so far in developing the Blueprint. 

How was Blueprint 1.0 developed?

Blueprint 1.0, released in March 2014, is a more qualitative plan based on expert input and partner plans.

How do I suggest improvements?

Blueprint 2.0

Need help using version 2 or have suggestions for improvements?

Contact Blueprint User Support: 

(919) 707-0252 ,

Blueprint 2.1

A small update to Blueprint 2.0 is planned for release in June 2016. This Blueprint 2.1 will use very similar methods, just with some improved data for the indicators. The focus will be on reevaluating some indicators that did not have data available in time for 2.0, but now have data available, as well as improving the GIS depictions of the indicators.

There will be several ways to participate in the development of Blueprint 2.1, including including web forums, online reviews, and potentially face-to-face meetings. Join the website to get the latest updates and opportunities for getting involved. One major way to provide input into Blueprint 2.1, for anyone that's interested, is to join an ecosystem team for participating in indicator revisions.

July - December
Indicator revisions: Sign-up to join an Ecosystem Team that will be discussing revisions to the South Atlantic LCC Ecosystem Indicators. The indicator will play a major role in developing Blueprint 2.1. Total time commitment: ~ 2 hours (.5 hours for reviewing materials, 1.5 hours for team conference call)


How is the Blueprint different?

  • Plans for the cooperative not any one organization
  • Integrates the natural and cultural resources of the land, freshwater, and oceans over a large area 
  • Creates an ecoregional adaptation strategy (incorporating climate change, urban growth, and other future changes)

How will the Blueprint be used?

The three things above that make the Blueprint different put it in a unique position to do the following things:

  1. Finding the best places for people and organizations to pool resources
  2. Raising new money to implement conservation actions 
  3. Guiding infrastructure development (highways, wind, urban growth, etc)
  4. Creating incentives as an alternative to regulation
  5. Bringing a landscape perspective to local adaptation efforts (how do I fit in?)
  6. Locating places and actions to build resilience after major disasters (hurricanes, oil spills, etc)

Who is the intended audience?

  • Land and water managers looking to see how their conservation efforts can add up to something bigger
  • Natural resource professionals looking to figure out where to get the most “bang for the buck” in the face of future changes (e.g., sea level rise, climate change, urban growth)
  • Urban planners and members of open space committees that want to figure out how their efforts can fit into a regional open space / green infrastructure plan.
  • Cultural resource professionals looking to partner with natural resource organizations to sustain our cultural heritage and tell the story of the South Atlantic region
  • Foundations and non-profits looking to see how their conservation investments can be part of a large scale collaborative adaptation strategy for natural and cultural resources
  • Infrastructure planners looking for ways to balance green and grey infrastructure
  • Anyone looking to help shape the future of the South Atlantic 


What is the overall framework?




The Conservation Blueprint 2.0 covers the entire region shown

Conservation design team

Mark Anderson         TNC

Bob Cooper              UGA

Mary Conley             TNC

Barry Grand              USGS

Nate Nibbelink         UGA

Jim Fox                     UNC

Will Allen                 TCF 

Paul Wagner             ACE

Dean Urban              Duke

User team

Aleta Hohn                NOAA

Anna Toline               NPS

Ben Wigley                 NCASI

Beth Stys                    FL FWC

Beth Byrd                   NPS

Billy Dukes                 SC DNR

Breck Carmichael       SC DNR

Brian Watson             VA DGIF

Brian Yanchik             DOT

Charlotte Gillis          NPS

Chris Burkett             VA DGIF

Cynthia Walton          NPS

Darrell Echols             NPS

David Whitaker          SC DNR

Don Imm                    FWS

Emrys Treasure         USFS

George Willson          TCF

Hervey McIver           TNC

Jan MacKinnon           GA DNR

Jason Bulluck             VA DCR

John Ann Shearer       FWS

John Stanton              FWS

Jon Ambrose              GA DNR

Julie Elmore               NRCS

Kacy Cook                  NC WRC

Lisa Perras-Gordon   EPA

Marella Buncick         FWS

Maria Whitehead       TNC

Mark Cantrell             FWS

Mark Scott                 SC DNR

Mary Morrison           USFS

Pace Wilber               NOAA

Pam Wingrove           FWS

Randy Swilling           NPS

Reggie Thackston     GA DNR

Rick Durbrow            EPA

Roger Pugliese         SAFMC

Ryan Heise               NC WRC

Ryan Orndorff           Marines

Wilson Laney            FWS

Modeling team

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