Know the connection, know your coast: Coastal Georgia's first ecosystem report cardAlexandra Fries ·
The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card was released November 13th, in Brunswick, Georgia. Heath Kelsey and I traveled to Georgia for the release event, which included both a media talk and a more detailed technical talk on the report card results.
The director of Georgia DNR’s Coastal Resources Division, Spud Woodward, gave an overview talk about the project and it’s importance in Georgia. He plans to use the report card to speak to legislators at an upcoming meeting.
Jill Andrews, the project lead at the Coastal Resources Division also spoke about the report card process, acknowledging key people who participated and mentioning next steps for the report card in the future.
Heath Kelsey gave the main report card presentations and revealed the results. After the results were revealed, Heath and I responded to questions on the details of the report card.
Overall Coastal Georgia scored a B+, a moderately good score. This means that most human health, fisheries, and wildlife indicators meet desired levels. Indicators in these locations tend to be good, often leading to acceptable habitat conditions. While there is always more work to be done, Coastal Georgia has very high scores. This is mainly due to the relatively undeveloped coastal landscape in Georgia and good stewardship by Georgia’s citizens.
About the author
Alexandra is a Program Manager at the Integration and Application Network (IAN) based at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Annapolis MD. Alexandra’s work in environmental management has been focused on assessment, monitoring, and management of aquatic, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems. Alexandra has extensive experience in data analysis, synthesis, mapping, interpretation, and communication. Alexandra has experience working with a diverse group of partners including those in local, state, and federal government, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, private industry, and academia. Within IAN, Alexandra conducts data analysis, synthesis, and communication by completing environmental report cards, updating the IAN website, and conducting science communication courses. Alexandra also creates science communication materials such as diagrams, posters, presentations, newsletters, and reports using Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and ArcGIS. Alexandra has experience managing projects and staff on local and international projects, liaising directly with partners and colleagues, and providing insights on project direction and goals.