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Managing Visitor Use in Coastal and Marine Protected Areas

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Science Communication

Priority Issue(s):

Community Resilience , Ecosystem Integration , Habitat Conservation

Host Partner(s):

Mission-Aransas Reserve


 University of TX Marine Science Institute Estuarine Research Center, Port Aransas, TX


calendar icon3/25/2015 - 3/26/2015



Max Applicants:


You are invited to attend this FREE, two-day NOAA Office for Coastal Management-led course to learn how to better understand, monitor, and manage visitor use to maintain quality resource conditions and visitor experiences. During this program, you will obtain the knowledge, skills, and tools to identify and define unacceptable visitor use impacts and to apply strategies and tactics that can be used to address them. This workshop will feature presentations by Kendal Keyes (Texas Parks & Wildlife Department) and Scott Cross (Nueces County Parks & Recreation). 

What are effective measures to understand the extent of the issue?
How can I be sure I am addressing the 'real' issue?
How can I justify management actions?
If you've considered these questions then this training is for you!

This course is hosted by the Mission-Aransas Reserve and instructed by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management on March 25th and 26th from 9am to 5pm (both days). Space is limited to 35 people. This workshop is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. Lunch will be available for purchase on-site for $5 per day. Please register by March 10th, 2015 to secure your spot. To register, please visit http://goo.gl/forms/tt6iK5XHz5.