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Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for the Conservation and Restoration of Coastal Wetlands (AL, MS)

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Climate Change , Floodplain Management , Land Conservation , Living Shorelines , Restoration Science , Science Communication , Stakeholder Engagement , Stormwater Management , Wetland Protection

Priority Issue(s):

Community Resilience , Ecosystem Integration , Habitat Conservation , Nutrient Impacts , Water Quality

Host Partner(s):

Grand Bay Reserve , Weeks Bay Reserve


 Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve


calendar icon9/10/2015



Max Applicants:


The purpose of this workshop is to increase your understanding of blue carbon concepts and how they can support land conservation and restoration goals and generate new revenue opportunities.

Presentations from this workshop can be accessed by clicking the links below:

Why an Interest in Blue Carbon?
Dr. Ayesha Gray, Director, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Intro to Blue Carbon concepts, science, economics, and market and voluntary incentives
Stefanie Simpson, Blue Carbon Program Coordinator, Restore Americas Estuaries

Applications of Blue Carbon
Dr. Steve Crooks, Director, Climate Change Services, Environmental Science Associates
and Co-Chair, International Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group

Blue Carbon Across the NERRs Network (coming soon, please check back in a few days!)
Dr. Mark Woodrey, Research Coordinator, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and
Research Biologist at Mississippi State University Coastal Research & Extension Center

Local Opportunities: Creation and Evaluation of Restored Marsh at Grand Bay NERR
Dr. Eric Sparks, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University and Coastal Ecology Specialist at Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant

Lessons Learned from Developing Landscape Restoration and Climate Change Mitigation Projects
Jamie Eaton, Senior Manager of Forestry and Technical Services, TerraCarbon

Blue Carbon refers to the carbon and other greenhouse gases captured, stored, and emitted by the world’s coastal ecosystems.  In this workshop we will explore the greenhouse gas benefits provided by tidal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, mangroves, and other coastal ecosystems. Participants will learn about 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 trusts, municipalities, policy makers, planners, real estate professionals, attorneys and financial advisors, academia, and federal, state and local officials.

This workshop will:

•    Build participants understanding of Blue Carbon’s potential applications and its 
      potential to increase the value of coastal wetland conservation and restoration;

•    Build capacity of local resource managers to incorporate greenhouse gas functions
      into their management; and

•    Assess opportunities and constraints for implementing Blue Carbon projects.

Restore America’s Estuaries
(RAE) will lead the workshop. RAE has been leading the effort to develop coastal blue carbon tools, science, policies, and projects in the U.S. Their goal is to increase coastal ecosystem conservation and restoration through recognition of their value in climate mitigation and ecosystem services, including their ability to provide food, clean water, nutrient cycling, and recreational benefits.

Presenters include Stefanie Simpson, Dr. Stephen Crooks, Dr. Eric Sparks, Dr. Mark Woodrey, and Jamie Eaton. Stefanie Simpson is the Blue Carbon Program Coordinator for Restore America’s Estuaries. 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. Dr. Sparks is Assistant Extension Professor at Mississippi State University and Coastal Ecology Specialist at Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant. He heads a research and extension program focused on coastal, estuarine and wetland issues and is Coordinator for the Mississippi State Extension's Living Shorelines program. Dr. Woodrey is the Research Coordinator for Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and a Research Biologist at Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center. Jamie Eaton is the Senior Manager of Forestry and Technical Services at TerraCarbon and is an expert in forest and soil carbon measurement and monitoring and works with clients to support the development of land use based projects that generate measurable benefits.

WHEN:   September 10, 2015 from 8:30am-4:30pm
WHERE: Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
             6005 Bayou Heron Rd., Moss Point, MS 39562

Click the REGISTER ONLINE link in the top right corner of this page to save your seat now. Continuing Education Credits are being offered through APA/AICP and MS State University. Registration is $50, payable to Weeks Bay Foundation. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Download a workshop flyer here.

Questions? Please contact Mike Shelton at Michael.Shelton@dcnr.alabama.gov or 251-928-9792 or Jacqueline Rose at jacqueline@weeksbay.org or 251-929-8466.

After registering, you will receive detailed information on how to pay registration fees. If paying by check or money order, please make payments payable to Weeks Bay Foundation.

Sponsors: Weeks Bay Reserve, Grand Bay Reserve, EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, NOAA’s Coastal Training Program, the National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative, Restore Americas Estuaries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Coastal Program, and Weeks Bay Foundation.