Blueprint for Conserving the Future

Answering the question, what do we need to maintain healthy ecosystems and wildlife in the GCPO Region?

The mission of the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative is to define a shared vision for sustainable natural and cultural resources in the face of a changing climate and other threats; design strategies to achieve that vision; and deliver results on the ground through leadership, partnerships, contributed resources, evaluation, and refinement over time.  A core activity in achieving this mission is the development of a Conservation Blueprint.

Our Conservation Blueprint 1.0 is both a collaborative process among partners and a series of products.  The iterative process of Blueprint development incorporates the knowledge, expertise, and priorities of many stakeholders, especially our Adaptation Science Management Team.  The products, based upon statements of desired conditions for fish and wildlife in the Integrated Science Agenda, includes more than 100 datasets that show the current condition, projected future status, and relative importance of resources at specific locations throughout the region.

The GCPO LCC’s Conservation Blueprint has been incorporated into a larger effort, led by states within the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, as well as federal natural resource management agency leaders.  This larger effort is known as the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS).  Through SECAS, diverse partners are working together to design and achieve a connected network of landscapes and seascapes that supports thriving fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people across the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean.