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October 12, 2016: Cherry Point Forum focuses on climate change impacts to the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve

posted Oct 13, 2016, 1:13 PM by Virginia Cleaveland   [ updated Oct 14, 2016, 10:50 AM ]
Citizen Stewardship Committee hosts October 22 forum with presentations on citizen science, ocean acidification, forage fish, and warming climates. 


The Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee is hosting its annual Cherry Point Forum from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, at Bellingham Technical College, Building G, Room 102J, at 3028 Lindbergh Ave. in Bellingham. 

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provide staff support to the volunteer-led committee.

This year’s forum will include speakers presenting on topics related to climate change impacts to the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve.

Located in Whatcom County, the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve is one of eight Aquatic Reserves in the state. Established by DNR on state-owned aquatic lands in Puget Sound, Aquatic Reserves include important biodiversity and aquatic habitat critical to Salish Sea health.

Cherry Point Forum speakers and topics are:
  • “Warming Climates in the Pacific Northwest: Are We Experiencing a Dress Rehearsal of the New Normal?” by Nick Bond (University of Washington, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean)

  • “Sea Star Wasting Syndrome and How Citizen Science Helps Identify Climate Change Impacts in the Salish Sea” by Melissa Miner (MARINe) and Eleanor Hines (RE Sources for Sustainable Communities)

  • “Stuck in the Middle: The Ecology, Knowledge Gaps or Misunderstandings, and Issues Surrounding Forage Fish” by Evelyn Brown (Lummi Nation Natural Resources Department)

  • “Ocean Acidification in Nearshore Habitats of Washington State” by Micah Horwith (Washington State DNR, Aquatic Resources Division)
The Cherry Point Forum is free and open to the public. Coffee and tea is provided, and attendees can either bring $5 for pizza or their own sack lunch. Participants are encouraged to help make this a waste-free event by bringing their own coffee mug and plate/utensils.

More information

For more information or to RSVP (encouraged but not required), contact Eleanor Hines at ehines@re-sources.org or 360-733-8307 x213.

For a schedule and background information about the speakers, visit re-sources.org/cherrypointforum.

To RSVP on Facebook, visit facebook.com/events/1285374178171436

Media contacts: Eleanor Hines, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, eleanorh@re-sources.org, 360-733-8307 x213
Kathleen Jacobson, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, kathleen.jacobson@dnr.wa.gov, 360-902-1000

The Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee formed to increase public awareness and enjoyment of the Aquatic Reserve and assist DNR’s Aquatic Reserve Program to successfully implement the Aquatic Reserve’s management plan. The committee conducts scientific monitoring projects, performs education and outreach activities, and monitors actions in and around the reserve that may impact the ecosystem. For more information, visit aquaticreserves.org.

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the health of Northwest Washington’s people and ecosystems through the application of science, education, advocacy, and action. For more information, visit re-sources.org.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources established the Aquatic Reserves Program promotes the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of state-owned aquatic lands that are of special educational, scientific, or environmental interest. For more information, visit dnr.wa.gov.