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The latest goings-on at the MidCoast Watersheds Council

Monthly Meeting, September 2017

MidCoast Watersheds Council

The Siletz Tribe and Climate Change: Adapting and Monitoring Shifting Coastal Resources

Thursday September 7th, 2017 6:30 PM

Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Dr. Newport, OR 97365

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Laura Brown, Shellfish Biologist for the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians

The impacts of climate change are widespread and are expected to affect how coastal resources are managed. Join the MidCoast Watersheds Council on September 7th at 6:30 pm for a presentation by Laura Brown about the how the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians are preparing for these changes. The talk will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach.  Refreshments will be served.

Laura Brown is the shellfish biologist for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in Siletz, Oregon. She received her Bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill, and her MS in Biology from Louisiana State University. Since moving to Oregon in 2012, Laura has conducted research and monitoring efforts from Bandon all the way to Astoria, starting by contracting with the EPA to study nutrient fluxes in the Yaquina Bay. She then moved on to work the Estuary Technical Group monitoring tidal wetland restoration efficacy; more specifically determining how groundwater dynamics, sediment accumulation, channel water salinity and temperature, channel morphology, and plant community composition shift after restoration occurs. Laura’s current position with the Siletz Tribes allows her to represent the Tribes at a variety of marine resource interest meetings, conduct monitoring and research projects on shellfish and climate change, and engage with other organizations who have a common interest in protecting natural resources.

Laura will be talking about the impact of climate change on the Siletz Tribe, and how their group will monitor and adapt to shifts in coastal resources. Part of Laura’s focus has been on restoration of native oyster populations in Yaquina Bay, and she will share information about that project and other work by the tribe. Come learn more about how local groups are adapting to climate change on September 7th.