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Registration Period: Wetland Restoration in the San Francisco Bay Area Workshop

Tuesday | September 05, 2017 | 8:00 am — Thursday | November 02, 2017 | 5:00 pm

Bay Conference Center | 3152 Paradise Dr, Tiburon, CA 94920

This 2-day training focuses on understanding and addressing new challenges of adapting ecological restoration designs for San Francisco Estuary tidal marshes, including essential terrestrial transition zones (ecotones), to meet challenges of accelerated sea level rise and climate change. Since BEHGU (Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Project science update – 2015) reassessed regional wetland restoration goals at a programmatic level, this course focuses on the dynamic bay-edge and landward-edge transition zones (ecotones) of tidal marshes that must rapidly respond to landward migration of intensified shoreline (littoral) processes. We review plants (and plant functional groups) and different sediment types as agents and tools for sea level rise adaptation of tidal marshes. We also review constraints of some past tidal marsh restoration conventions in an era of accelerated climate change. Lecture and field trips will cover principles, practices, and retrospective review covering about 40 years of San Francisco Estuary tidal marsh restoration project outcomes, including responses to major storm events, droughts, and wet years. It will feature relatively new tidal marsh edge restoration designs including wet and dry versions of “horizontal levees”, bay beaches and bay-margin marsh berms. Practical project implementation experience, as well as ecological design principles, inform the lectures and field trips.

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