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Community Monitoring of Kachemak Bay Salt Marshes

September 10, 2013

Below is a note from Angela Doroff, KBRR Research Coordinator, about the community monitoring of Kachemak Bay salt marshes:

As we begin to wrap up the Science Collaborative project on relative sea level rise and what that means to our local environment, I’d like to share some outreach developed from an aspect of this project.  We had an unusual opportunity with this grant to conduct outreach on a large scale during the process of the study as well as develop an element of  community-based monitoring for the 4 salt marsh habitats we have been setting up as sentinel sites for our region.

Click here to view some of the basic results from our community monitoring efforts.  There was a lot of depth in our staff to make this happen as well as it did!  We have an excellent education team that understands teaching, communicating, and logistics; an excellent biological team that knew what we needed and how to train others to help; and skilled follow up with our CTP program and TIDES student.  We also had excellent help from our manager & admin staff on logistics of making these sampling events possible and the benefit of help to get this document produced!  Thanks to everyone for their involvement, good humor, and good work!

Angela Doroff and community monitors identifying salt marsh vegetation in study plots.

Angela Doroff and community monitors identifying salt marsh vegetation in study plots.

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