Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Apalachicola Reserve Offers Workshop on Blue Carbon


~Learn how Blue Carbon can be used as a management
tool for the conservation and restoration of coastal wetlands ~

Apalachicola - Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for the Conservation and Restoration of Coastal Wetlands will be offered by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve on July 28th, from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Leading Blue Carbon experts Steve Emmett-Mattox with Restore America’s Estuaries and Dr. Stephen Crooks will explore the greenhouse gas benefits provided by tidal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, mangroves, and other coastal ecosystems, and how these concepts can be used to support land conservation and restoration goals, plus generate new revenue opportunities.  They will discuss the economics of blue carbon, the basics of coastal landscape project planning, models, and implementation practices, and the benefits of combining blue carbon projects with traditional conservation and restoration activities.

This workshop is intended for anyone interested in coastal conservation and restoration, including natural resource managers, land owners, land trust managers, policy makers, planners, real estate professionals, attorneys and financial advisors, academia, and federal, state and local officials.

Presenters include Steve Emmett-Mattox and Dr. Stephen Crooks. Mr. Emmett-Mattox is the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and Programs for Restore America’s Estuaries, where he leads the U.S. blue carbon effort and has been developing strategic initiatives for 15 years. Dr. Crooks is the Director of Climate Change Services for Environmental Science Associates, Co-Chair of the International Blue Carbon Working Group and member of the IPCC Working Group that drafted the 2013 guidelines to include wetlands in national greenhouse gas inventories.

Registration is $20. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register go to http://gulfalliancetraining.com/detail.aspx?Id=96  For more information, please contact Anita Grove at Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us or (850) 670-7708 or Margo Posten at Margaret.Posten@dep.state.fl.us or (850) 670-7719.

WHAT: Workshop: Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for the Conservation and Restoration of Coastal Wetlands

WHEN: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, 8:30am-4:30 pm

WHERE: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center, 108 Island Dr., Eastpoint, FL 32328