Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for Conservation & Restoration of Coastal Wetlands (Naples, FL) Oct 22, 2015

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.

Download Blue Carbon Resources List: Blue Carbon resources_06-28-2016

Download Workshop Agenda: Agenda_Blue Carbon_Naples_Oct 22 2015_final

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Speaker presentations can be accessed by clicking the following links:

“Introduction to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Local Conservation Projects” Emily Porter, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Tabitha Whalen Stadler, Stormwater Principal Planner, Collier County


“Introduction to Coastal Blue Carbon Concepts”
Steve Emmett-Mattox, Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Programs, Restore America’s Estuaries

“Applications of Blue Carbon:  how to assess coastal blue carbon potential, blue carbon as a management tool, case studies, Tampa Bay Case Study and project planning”
Dr. Stephen Crooks, Director of Climate Change Services, Environmental Science Associates and Co-Chair of International Blue Carbon Working Group

“Lessons learned from developing landscape restoration and climate change mitigation projects”
Scott Settelmyer, Managing Director, TerraCarbon

“Blue carbon and other carbon fluxes in mangroves and other coastal wetlands in SW Florida”
Dr. William J. Mitsch, Eminent Scholar and Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park and Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management, Florida Gulf Coast University
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“Documenting the role of seagrass meadows for carbon sequestration and their potential to offset impacts of ocean acidification – examples from Florida”
Dr. Dave Tomasko, Principal Associate, Environmental Science Associates-Water Resources

“Assessing Vulnerability of Mangroves and Their Carbon Stocks to Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and Other Stressors in Florida National Wildlife Refuges and National Estuarine Research Reserves” Jeremy Conrad, Complex Wildlife Biologist, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

“Blue Carbon in the Gulf – Discussion & Next Steps: how information sharing can be valuable to end-users and next steps for collaboration”
Led by Steve Emmett-Mattox and Dr. Stephen Crooks
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Host Partner: Everglades Wetland Research Park, Florida Gulf Coast University

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 Steve Emmett-Mattox, Dr. Stephen Crooks, Dr. William J. Mitsch, Scott Settelmyer, Dr. Dave Tomasko, and Jeremy Conrad. Mr. Emmett-Mattox is the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and Programs for Restore Americas 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. Dr. Mitsch is Professor of Marine and Ecological Science at Florida Gulf Coast University, Eminent Scholar and Director of Everglades Wetland Research Park, and Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management. Mr. Settelmyer is the Managing Director at TerraCarbon, a leading consulting firm that helps land managers raise money for conservation and restoration through the development and sale of carbon offsets. Dr. Tomasko, Principal Associate for Environmental Science Associates, has 25 years experience related to water quality and the development of science-based resource management plans in FL and the Gulf. Mr. Conrad is a Wildlife Biologist at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and is the mangrove project lead.

WHEN:   October 22, 2015 from 8:30am-4:30pm

WHERE: Everglades Wetland Research Park
Florida Gulf Coast University
Kapnick Center (Room 126)
4940 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112
Continuing Education Credits offered through APA/AICP. Registration is $40, payable to Weeks Bay Foundation. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Please contact Jacqueline Rose at 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. If you are unable to pay registration fees and would like to attend, please contact Jacqueline Rose at or 251-929-8466.

Sponsors: EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, Everglades Wetland Research Park, Florida Gulf Coast University, National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative, NOAA’s Coastal Training Program, Restore Americas Estuaries, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, TerraCarbon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Coastal Program, and Weeks Bay Foundation. Steve Emmett-Mattox

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