First of all, I’d like to again thank everyone for participating in the 4th annual coastal MRC summit.  It was a great collection of dedicated individuals, and the presentations were very informative.  I hope everyone was able learn some lessons and went home with plenty of new knowledge.

I would also like to thank Carrie Backman, Carol Ervest, Wahkiakum County MRC and the entire Cathlamet community for hosting us.  Numerous people commented on how pleasant and welcoming the entire town was.  A high bar has been set for next year’s summit!

There were many requests for the powerpoint presentations from our speakers.  Almost all have confirmed that I can share those presentations with the group, and more may become available soon. Those that are available now can be accessed by clicking on the respective presentation below.

Additionally, Cathy Lear has asked that I pass along some additional info regarding two public forums in Port Angeles next week, which will cover ecosystem services evaluation.

Join us for a public forum on the economic value of Clallam County ecosystems. The forums will be held in the Commissioners’ meeting room at the Clallam County courthouse, 23 E. 4th Street, Port Angeles. Click here for more details. 

Dave Batker, Tracy Stanton, & Lola Flores, of Earth Economics will describe natural capital accounting, and ecosystem service values in Clallam County with emphasis on the central Clallam County nearshore. 

Two 2-hour sessions on December 5th will introduce the basics of ecosystem services valuation (ESV) and mechanics of these tools to quantify the economic value of specific services in Clallam County.  The December 6th session will provide an overview presentation of Ecosystem Services of the Central Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Ecosystem Recovery Network. The ecosystem services valuations are part of a larger study funded by EPA and WDFW.

Again, thanks to all those who attended the summit and your continued dedication to our marine resources!

Details about the summit are below. Presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the
blue highlighted text.

    November 7th – 9th, 2013
    Cathlamet, Washington
    Wahkiakum County Building – 64 Main Street
    Pioneer Church – 100 Main Street
     Hotel Cathlamet – 69 Main Street


November 7th – Wahkiakum County Building – Commissioners Room (3rd floor)
  1:00    Facilitating Collaborative Meetings Intro – Kelly Rupp, Bev Arnoldy, Eric Delvin
  1:10    Organizing & Running Effective Meetings
             Public vs. Other Meetings
  2:00    Group Decision Making Dynamics and Processes
  3:30    Meeting Management Using Parliamentary Procedure
  4:00    Panel Discussion  (with special guests Frank Wolfe, Mark Swartout, and Jackie Ferrier)
  5:00    Wrap-up and Adjourn
  6:00    Happy Hour – Tsuga Art Gallery

November 8th – Pioneer Church
  7:30    Breakfast and socializing – Thyme Square Bistro (next to Hotel Cathlamet)
  8:30    Greetings and Introduction – Carrie Backman
  8:40    MRC Updates
                – Whakiukum County MRC – Carrie Backman
                – Pacific County MRC – Megan Martin
                – Grays Harbor County MRC – Garrett Dalan
                – North Pacific Coast MRC – Tami Pokorny
  9:40    Columbia Fishing Regulations and Impacts on Coastal Fisheries – Mike Burner
  11:00  Funding Coastal Restoration Projects – Eric Delvin
  12:00  Lunch
  1:00    Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Updates
                – Shoreline Master Program Update Overview – Kim Van Zwalenburg
                – Aquaculture SMP Guidance – Cedar Bouta
                – Relationship between SMP Updates and Marine Spatial Planning – Jennifer Hennessey
                – Lessons learned from Clallam County Update Process – Cathy Lear
                – Panel Q&A
  4:00    Cathlamet Walking Tour – Local History and Marine Resources
  6:00    Dinner – Thyme Square Bistro

November 9th – Pioneer Church
  8:00    Breakfast and socializing – Thyme Square Bistro
  9:00    Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action
Carbon Exports and Ocean Acidification – Eric Swenson
Cultivating Seaweed to Mitigate OA, Generate Habitat, Fertilizer, Food & FuelMike Rust
                – Creating Refuges from Acidification and Sea Level Rise – Brad Warren
  12:00  Working Lunch Focusing on Planning Process with Ocean Acidification Group
  1:00    WCMAC Developments and Coordinating MRC Activities – Doug Kess
  1:30    Marine Plastic Pollution – Angel White
  2:15    The Science of Hatchery and Harvest Reform – Andy Appleby and Steve Smith
  3:00    Closing Remarks and Conclusion