Know Your Dunes:
An Educational Community Webinar

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Know Your Dunes: An Educational Community Webinar was hosted by the Humboldt Coastal Dunes Cooperative on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. This free public webinar featured a series of short presentations highlighting collaborative conservation efforts of Humboldt’s coastal dune environments.

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Topics will include:

Western Snowy Plover Breeding Update for Northern California

 

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Biologist Jenny Hutchinson will give an overview of the breeding successes and challenges of the Western Snowy Plover, a small threatened shorebird that breeds on west coast beaches. Jenny will provide an update for the 2021 breeding season in northern California, comparing this local population of snowy plovers to other locations within their range, and offering insights for future conservation efforts.

Exploring the vulnerability of Humboldt’s coastal barrier-dune systems - insights from the Humboldt Coastal Resilience Project

 

Ian Walker, Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara has been studying beach-dune dynamics in the Humboldt Bay region since 2013. Through the collaborative Humboldt Coastal Resilience Project, he and his team are examining how both environmental attributes (shoreline changes, geomorphology, vertical land motions, sensitive habitats, etc.) and socio-economic factors (critical infrastructure, land use, urban development, cultural sites, etc.) combine to form geographic vulnerabilities to sea-level rise along the beach-dune barrier systems of the Eureka Littoral Cell, a 32-mile stretch of sandy coastline from Moonstone Beach to Centerville Beach. Initial results from this vulnerability assessment will be presented that are crucial for understanding the impacts that sea-level rise will have on the barriers that form and protect Humboldt Bay and its many communities and ecosystems. In turn, these results will provide crucial tools for community planning for improved resiliency to coastal erosion, flooding, and sea-level rise.

Conserving Humboldt’s Coastal Dunes through Landscape Level Conservation

 

Mike Cipra, Executive Director of Friends of the Dunes, will provide an update on the partnerships and progress of the successful Samoa Dunes and Wetlands Conservation Area. Using this newly conserved coastal property (formerly known as the “Dog Ranch”) as a model, Mike will explore how this collaborative approach could lead to even larger conservation gains on the horizon for Humboldt Bay’s coastal ecosystems. 

The Humboldt Coastal Dunes Cooperative facilitates coordinated ecosystem management of coastal dune environments through collaboration among stakeholders. The intention of the Cooperative is to implement this mission by coordinating restoration, preservation, education, public outreach, enforcement activities, and the acquisition by appropriate land stewards of unprotected high priority lands.

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