Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for the Conservation and Restoration of Coastal Wetlands (AL, MS), Sept 10, 2015

Blue Carbon workshop flyer_Sept 10_final-3

Download the workshop agenda: Agenda_Blue Carbon_GrandBay_Sept10

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
Stefanie Simpson-RAE_GBNERR Blue Carbon Intro

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

Blue Carbon Across the NERRs Network
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
Sparks_Blue Carbon marsh restoration projects

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.

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 or 251-928-9792 or 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.

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.

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