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Dear Friend of Surfrider,
Today is the absolute, final day we can take your order so it arrives on your loved one’s doorstep in time for the holidays. It’s also your last chance to be entered into the drawing to win one of two Firewire surfboards!
When you purchase a Holiday Gift Membership, you’re not only giving the gift of enjoyment to your favorite beach enthusiast, but you are protecting and preserving our oceans, waves and beaches for everyone to enjoy. It’s a gift that truly gives back…
Click here to order!
Happy Holidays to you and yours,
The Surfrider Foundation
A few hardy individuals made it out to fill up 5 garbage bags of trash at a Surfrider cleanup at the jetty. A perfectly sunny, frigid day, to make our beaches a little bit cleaner.
Please join us for an impromptu beach cleanup this Saturday, December 7th at Westhaven State Park in Westport. We will be scouring the beach for plastic, foam, and other debris from 1-3 pm. See you there!
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
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
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 & Fuel – Mike 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
This year, the Surfrider Foundation Holiday Gift Membership Packages are all about giving the gift of enjoyment. When you give a gift membership, not only are you helping protect our oceans, waves and beaches, as an added bonus, you’ll have a golden ticket entered into a sweepstakes to win a Firewire surfboard.http://bit.ly/IeE9zG
The Shorelines Hearing Board confirmed that there needs to be a comprehensive evaluation of crude oil transport and export for 2 proposed terminals in Gray’s Harbor. A big win for Surfrider as the terminals will now be subject to a full environmental review process. For more information read the press release sent out by Earth Justice on this big victory. http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2013/grays-harbor-crude-oil-terminals-blocked
The Surfrider Foundation in cooperation with other allies won a case with the Shoreline Hearings Board delaying 2 crude oil export terminals from being authorized in Gray’s Harbor. This was a big victory for the continued protection and enjoyment of our coastal waves and marine environment. For the report from Seattle King 5 news check out the link below and thanks to everyone associated with it for their work and support. http://www.king5.com/news/environment/State-board-derails-oil-plan-227151741.html
The Surfrider Foundation is working with several partner organizations to bring to you, the residents of Washington State, the most comprehensive planning process for coastal and marine resources to date.
To educate the public and encourage participation in the process, we have developed a short video that explains what Marine Spatial Planing (MSP) is really all about, why it is important, and how you can get involved.
To learn more and get engaged in the MSP process, visit:
For more about Surfrider in Washington state, visit:
Some have already seen it and the reviews are solid. Please check out this short video put together by Swell Productions with help from Surfrider members and affiliates in Washington. The imagery is beautiful as it captures how incredible our coast is and why Marine Spatial Planning is a great tool we can use to continue to maintain the excellent quality of recreation provided on our coast.
Gus Gates, my colleague in Oregon, has put together an excellent summary of Ocean Acidification and how local actions can have significantly impacts, for better or for worse.
“The emerging issue of ocean acidification (OA) has been getting a lot of recent attention via media, in community ocean forums, and by elected officials wondering what role governments might be able to play in addressing its impacts. While it’s important that we recognize that this is a global issue largely resulting from the increased amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) being pumped into the atmosphere and absorbed by the ocean, it’s also important to understand that there are local actions that can help mitigate the impacts of acidification on aquatic ecosystems and regional economies and cultures. Many of these local actions are directly connected to Surfrider’s existing clean water programs and campaigns.“
Read the whole post here.