Southeast Conservation Blueprint
Posted byHilary Morris
The Southeast Conservation Blueprint is the primary product of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS), a regional conservation partnership that spans the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. The Southeast Blueprint is a living, spatial plan to achieve the SECAS vision of a connected network of lands and waters.
The Blueprint identifies priority areas based on a suite of natural and cultural resource indicators representing terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Across most of the region, a connectivity analysis identifies corridors that link coastal and inland areas and span climate gradients. So far, more than 2,000 people from over 500 different organizations have actively participated in developing the Blueprint.
More than 300 people from over 130 organizations have used or are using the Blueprint in their work. So far, the Southeast Blueprint has helped bring in more than $80 million in conservation funding to protect and restore over 100,000 acres. It has been used to inform public lands planning, strengthen land protection proposals, identify shared longleaf restoration priorities, refine natural habitat cores in local comprehensive plans, and much more.
You can access the Southeast Blueprint in 3 different ways:
- Start simple with the Blueprint Explorer to discover the Blueprint priorities and underlying data and generate a custom report for your area
- Visit the Blueprint page of the SECAS Atlas to dig deeper and overlay layers in an online mapper
- Download a complete data package for use in your desktop GIS
- Local governments and regional planning councils developing comprehensive plans
- Natural resource managers submitting grant proposals for funding to recover endangered species
- Private companies developing analyses to support their business
- State wildlife agencies supporting proposals for funding to protect coastal wetlands and improve public access to recreation opportunities.
- Longleaf pine conservation partnerships identifying restoration and management priorities.
- Nonprofit organizations advocating to sustain critical sources of conservation funding
- Public lands planning for the future
- Anyone who wants to help shape the conservation future of the Southeast and Caribbean