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FWS Region-4 SALCC Natural Resource Indicators

The SALCC included the identification of "surrogate species" as part of its biological or natural resource indicators to support the planning and conservation at the landscape-level

MUST READ: 2012-11-01_SALCC Draft NR Indicator Process

From the draft document: "Why are indicators needed? Designing and evaluating the success of a shared blueprint for landscape conservation actions in the South Atlantic will require some specific measures of what success would look like for natural resources. The ecosystems of the South Atlantic are complex and indicators help simplify the modeling and monitoring of those systems. We cannot measure everything all of the time. Indicators are designed to integrate many ecological functions and represent other components of the system that are either too expensive or time consuming to model and measure." [And] "How will indicators be used? Indicators will be used to help design a shared blueprint for landscape conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources in the South Atlantic region. This blueprint will include an interactive map depicting the key places and actions needed to sustain those resources in the face of future change (e.g., urban growth, climate change, sea level rise). Indicators and measurable targets for those indicators will be used to help design this interactive map and evaluate the effectiveness of actions based on it."

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