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March 2013 Blog Posts (15)

Ways to Engage in the SALCC

Between selection of landscape level indicators and development of predictive models that can assist biologists and natural resource managers with the prioritization of conservation, there is a lot of cutting edge, unprecedented work going on in the SALCC.  Did you know there are at least five ways you can have your voice heard inside the SALCC?  

First, the SALCC has a steering committee member that serves as your organization's representative and is willing to hear your concerns and…


Added by Catherine T. Phillips on March 29, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Indicators, targets, and testing process approved: What do you want to test?

Last week, the South Atlantic LCC Steering Committee approved your recommended indicators and targets for natural resources. Great job everyone for all your creative and practical thinking on those! I've been hearing lots of…


Added by Rua Mordecai on March 29, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Steering Committee Meeting Highlights

Your SALCC Steering Committee (SC) convened its annual face to face meeting in Columbia, SC March 19th-21st.  Although the SC meeting meets via conference call monthly this is an opportunity to have more in depth discussions, take stock of progress, and set strategic direction for the next 12-18 months.  These face to face meetings are also important in forging personal relationships that are the foundation of any successful endeavor.

I am pleased to report that the meeting met its…


Added by Ken McDermond on March 28, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mechanisms of Aquatic Species Invasion Across the SALCC Update!

Amy Benson of the U.S. Geological Survey, Southeast Ecological Science Center, provided me with an update on one of the SALCCs ongoing projects entitled “Mechanisms of Aquatic Species Invasions Across the SALCC.” This project, which builds off the Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) database as well as several…


Added by Lori Barrow on March 24, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Identification of Evolutionary hotspots across the SALCC-results


Just read your interesting article on the genetics study/analysis that's resulted in identification of "evolutionary hot-spots" in our SALCC.  I'm stationed at Back Bay NWR in southeastern VA and am wondering why the big white area exists on the map that includes our geographic area along with northeastern NC's Pamlico Sound vicinity.  Was this area excluded from your study?  Or is there no data available?

Since this geographic area includes a large overlap zone for…


Added by John B. Gallegos on March 12, 2013 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

Impacts of Sea Level Rise in Southeastern Estuaries to Salt Marsh Dependent Species

This March researchers from the University of Georgia and Clemson University will begin the first season of field surveys of a three year project to assess the vulnerability of both terrestrial vertebrate and aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate species of the South Carolina and Georgia coast to sea level rise.   In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change predicted an accelerated one meter increase of sea levels by the year 2100.  At the time the IPCC was written a one meter sea…


Added by Rachel K. Guy on March 8, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Upcoming Webinar: Breaking Traditional Barriers to Model Climate Change and Land Use Impacts on Freshwater Mussels

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 26 at 3:00 PM Eastern. Thomas Kwak, Leader at the USGS North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, will conduct a webinar: "Breaking Traditional Barriers to Model Climate Change and Land Use Impacts on Freshwater Mussels". This webinar is a part of the "NCCWSC Spring 2013 Climate Change Science and…

Added by Elda Varela-Acevedo on March 7, 2013 at 11:57am — No Comments

Southeast Partners in Flight launches new website

The Southeast Partners in Flight Executive Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the new SE-PIF website at This new website is a group on Griffin Groups, a professional networking tool to plan, organize, collaborate, and publicize conservation projects, among many other uses.


There were two major reasons why we chose Griffin Groups for the new website:

1)      The SE-PIF…


Added by Ed Laurent on March 6, 2013 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Southeast Aquatic Connectivity Assessment Project (SEACAP) introduction video now available!

The SEACAP group has put together a great introductory video on their project!

For those of you unfamiliar, a little background. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) recently completed an unprecedented assessment of almost 14,000 dams in the Northeastern United States. The Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) recently developed a Flow Alteration Assessment, through which a method or modeling dams was developed. In a fantastic collaborative effort, this new project (recently named…


Added by Lori Barrow on March 5, 2013 at 7:33am — No Comments

Conservation Planning Atlas in the Home Stretch

Last month I gave you a sneak peak of the Conservation Planning Atlas.  We are on schedule to release the site during our Steering Committee meeting in two weeks.  After we introduce the site to the steering committee, I will do another post to give you the link to the live site.  In the meantime, here is another preview of the site.  Last month we saw the top portion of the home page.  Below you can get idea of what the lower portion of the home page will look like.    We are in the home…


Added by Amy Keister on March 4, 2013 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

Recommendations for natural resource indicators and targets sent to Steering Committee

We're almost there everyone! On March 19-21, the Steering Committee for your cooperative will make a decision on natural resource indicators and targets for the marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems of the entire South Atlantic LCC.

The recommended indicators are based on detailed input from…


Added by Rua Mordecai on March 4, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Sea Level Rise at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

  With over half of the American population living within 50 miles of the coast, climate change brings a new level of risk to life by the shore. Our coasts represent a complex land-sea interaction that is constantly in motion with the ebb and…


Added by Lori Barrow on March 4, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Connecting with the Catawba Indian Nation

Rua and I visited the Catawba Tribe last Friday to tell them about the South Atlantic LCC and explore ways we can work together.  I contacted the Catawba recently to invite them to participate on a committee that will advise the South Atlantic LCC on cultural resource conservation – the first meeting is scheduled for March 8.  After a brief conversation about our work, Darin Steen, Catawba Environmental Services Director, invited us for an in-person discussion.  I learned that the Catawba…


Added by Janet Cakir on March 4, 2013 at 10:08am — No Comments

Aquatic Liaisons Becoming Active in Five Surrounding LCCs

I just wanted to provide an update on the establishment of aquatic liaisons for each of the surrounding LCCs.  Aquatic liaisons are performing collateral duty as investment staff, serving the cooperative, providing aquatic expertise and also linking the cooperative directly to the Southeastern Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) and working to provide connectivity across the aquatic landscape.  The liaisons regularly communicate with the LCC staff by taking part in the weekly staff calls,…


Added by Catherine T. Phillips on March 4, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments

Public Involvement in the Francis Marion National Forest Planning Efforts

As some of you may be aware, the US Forest Service is required to develop and maintain a Land Management Plan that guides management directive over a 15 year period. In 2012, a new planning rule was developed through the most collaborative rulemaking effort in Agency history. Within the South Atlantic region, two ‘middle adopter’ forests of the planning rule-the Francis Marion National Forest (NF) and the Nantahala-Pisgah NF-are working with an interdisciplinary team and the public to…


Added by Lori Barrow on March 3, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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