||For our April 4 program we are honored to have TWO speakers: Kami Ellingson,
Hydrologist for the Siuslaw National Forest, and Catherine Pruett, Executive Director of the Salmon-Drift
Watershed Council. Together, they will give the presentation titled: "Restoration of a coastal estuarine
ecosystem: a tool to increase hydrologic storage capacity in response to storm surge and sea level rise."
This presentation is based on the award-winning Salmon River
Estuary Restoration Project that Siuslaw National Forest,
Salmon-Drift Watershed Council, OWEB, US Fish and Wildlife
Service, and others have collaborated on, over the past several
||Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex-US Fish and Wildlife
Service, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the MidCoast
Watersheds Council on March 7. He will describe an
exciting large-scale restoration project on refuge property near
The 2013 Annual meeting will also include election of
officers and a brief business meeting. Light Refreshments will
||Dr. Ric Brodeur, NOAA Fisheries Biologist based
in Newport, presented "The Role of Jellyfish in a Changing Ocean." In recent years
major increases in jellyfish populations have caused concern in various places around the world.
Dr. Brodeur has been studying processes and variability in plankton-based marine food chains, including
food chains supporting Walleye Pollack and food resources for juvenile salmon in the Pacific Ocean.
||Council Coordinator Wayne Hoffman explained the role of beavers in the Oregon coastal stream ecology.
Link to presentation:
Beavers and Conservation in Oregon Coastal Watersheds
||A video presentation by entrepreneur and writer Paul Hawken was featured.
The presentation, called "Regeneration" is the plenary speech presented by Paul Hawken at the recent Bioneers
conference. His talk discusses environmental, social, and economic restoration activities happening in communities in
the United States and in communities around the world to make one's own part of the world a better place.
||The program was a report on OWEB's new proposals for council support, and a discussion of implications for
the council, and potential responses by the Council.
||Dan Avery of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife described the Native Species
Conservation Plan for Coastal Salmonids, currently under development. The plan will set priorities for
conservation of these species, and describe propagation and sustainable harvest strategies to be implemented.
Dan is an ODFW staff biologist assigned to implementation of conservation plans on the Oregon coast.
||Jose Marin Jarrin of Oregon State University described his research on Chinook
smolts in the surf zone of coastal beaches when they first exit the estuaries. Jose is currently finishing a
Ph.D. program at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University
working with Dr. Jessica Miller.
||Review of Restoration Projects from 2011-2012, including Ojalla Creek,
Upper Yaquina Phase I, Feagles Creek Channel, and Olalla Culvert replacement, by Coordinator Wayne Hoffman.
||Dr John Chapman from the Hatfield Marine Science Center will discuss
the biota of the Japanese dock that landed on Agate Beach - the alien animals and algae and the risks they pose to
our local ecosystems. The dock was heavily populated with Japanese coastal invertebrates and seaweeds, including
some species that have become invasive pests when introduced elsewhere in the world.
||Dr. Selena Heppell, an Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries and
Wildlife at Oregon State University, discussed baitfish. Her presentation is titled “What’s the deal with baitfish?
Conservation and management of key marine forage species in Oregon and abroad.” Dr. Heppell was one of 13 participants in
the Lenfest Forage Task Force studying the ecology and management of forage fish worldwide. The Task Force recently released
its report, “Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a crucial link in ocean food webs.” The report recommends much more
conservative approaches to setting harvest limits for forage fishes – approaches that take into account the value of these
fishes as food for larger commercially important fishes, as well as for sea turtles, marine mammals, and other animals.
||Caroline Bauman, Executive Director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Alliance,
was the featured speaker with a presentation on the Rural Tourism Studio currently under way in south Lincoln County. The Rural
Tourism Studio is a program of the Oregon Tourism Commission. From their website: “Oregon's Rural Tourism Studio is a robust
training program designed to assist rural communities interested in sustainable tourism development. As a result of the program,
Travel Oregon hopes to see an increase in high-value, authentic experiences for travelers across the state that will help contribute
to community livability, a healthy environment, and strengthening Oregon's position as a premiere tourism destination in North America.