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How will rising sea levels impact our wetlands?

Lower Nehalem Watershed Council welcomes expert Fran Recht on May 10

Published on May 9, 2018 10:34AM

King Tide at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Cinamon Moffett photo

King Tide at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Normal tide at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Cinamon Moffett photo

Normal tide at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge


MANZANITA — Join the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council on Thursday, May 10, as we welcome Fran Recht of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission for the next installment of our Speaker Series exploring sea level rise and “landward migration zones.”

This free, public event will be held at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave., in Manzanita. The presentation will start at 7:20 p.m. following an update from the Watershed Council at 7 p.m.

Recht’s presentation will show the results of a study that projected the heights of different sea level rise scenarios onto the Nehalem estuary and estuaries up and down the coast. Recht will also discuss work done to help watershed councils and other conservation organizations plan for conservation and restoration of the areas that may be our future tidal wetlands.

The tidal marshes and swamps of our estuaries are vitally important areas for salmon and many other species. These habitats exist in a narrow elevation band between the lowest and highest tides. As sea level rises, will our current marshes become mudflats or be submerged? Will marshes be able to reestablish on higher ground?

Recht, habitat program manager for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission was the project manager, on behalf of the MidCoast Watersheds Council for the sea level rise modeling project.

This presentation is part of the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council’s regular Speaker Series.

This year, we’re raffling off a gift certificate or special item from a local business supporter during each event. This month we have a $25 gift certificate from Manzanita News & Espresso.

Raffle tickets will be available for a $5 donation at the door, and the winner will be drawn at the end of the presentation.



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