Educational forums & the A-B-C's of a healthy shoreline

Futurewise and Friends of the San Juans are sponsoring three educational forums about healthy shorelines on Lopez Island (May 10), San Juan Island (May 17) and Orcas Island (June 4).

The forums provide information about the San Juan County Shoreline Master Program update, currently being reviewed by the county Planning Commission and the subject of public hearings at the County Council later in the year.

The Sound Science forums are an opportunity to learn about the science behind the shoreline master program, including the coastal process, seagrasses and other vegetation, bulkheads, the economic value of shorelines, and tribal perspectives on shorelines.

The San Juan Island forum features four speakers: Curtis Tanner, of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project, will explain how the shorelines have changed over time, the use of the shoreline by wildlife and where the most problematic changes are and why; Dr. Megan N. Dethier, of Friday Harbor Labs, will talk about the impacts of armoring on Puget Sound shorelines; Todd Woodard, field Supervisor with the Samish Indian Nation Natural Resources Department, will speak about tribal cultural resources and the shorelines; and Jeffrey Eustis, attorney and adjunct professor of environmental law at Seattle University, will address legal aspects of the SMP update.

The forums are hosted by Futurewise and Friends of the San Juans.

The Lopez forum will be held May 10 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Lopez Center. The San Juan forum will be held May 17 from 1-4:30 p.m. (with an optional lunch at noon for $10) at the San Juan Island Grange. The Orcas Forum will be held at the Eastsound Firehouse from 1-3:30 pm.

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