The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy is harnessing the collective action of fifteen southeastern states and Puerto Rico. Using geospatial data and analysis, they are creating the Conservation Blueprint which crosses jurisdictional boundaries and has brought in $30+ million to restore over 75,000 acres.
So far, more than 1,700 people from 500 different organizations have actively participated in developing the Southeast Blueprint. Over 240 people from more than 100 organizations have used or are using the Blueprint in their work.
We can do more to emulate this ‘living spatial planning model’ across the country and bridge the power of science and people. In order for conservation relationships to work, they need to be durable, nonpartisan, and consult people in communities to engage in ways they want to be involved.