The Cherry Point Forum is an annual forum hosted by the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee to educate community members about environmental issues that affect the Aquatic Reserve.
Located in Whatcom County, the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve is one of eight Aquatic Reserves in Washington State. Established by the Department of Natural Resources on state-owned aquatic lands in Puget Sound, Aquatic Reserves include important biodiversity and aquatic habitat critical to the health of the Puget Sound. Read more.
The forum is hosted each October at Bellingham Technical College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email Eleanor Hines at email@example.com or call 360-733-8307 x213.
Cherry Point Forum 2016
The fourth annual Cherry Point Forum was held October 22, 2016 at Bellingham Technical College. Topics and speakers include:
1. Warming climates in the Pacific Northwest: Are we experiencing a dress rehearsal of the new normal?
- Nick Bond is the climatologist for the state of Washington and a research scientist with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington. He has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. His research includes weather and climate of the Pacific Northwest, and air-sea interactions in the North Pacific pertaining to the marine ecosystem. (presentation and video)
2. Sea star wasting syndrome and how citizen science helps identify climate change impacts in the Salish Sea
- Melissa Miner works in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the data manager for the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe). (presentation and video)
- Eleanor Hines is the lead scientist at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. She has an M.S. in Environmental Toxicology from Western Washington University. She provides staff support for the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee and leads intertidal monitoring and citizen science programs. (presentation and video)
4. Ocean acidification in nearshore habitats of Washington State
3. Stuck in the middle: The ecology, knowledge gaps or misunderstandings, and issues surrounding forage fish
- Evelyn Brown is a fisheries analyst with Lummi Nation's Natural Resources Department. She has a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Ocean Science from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her research focuses on salmon, crab and clams and extends to topics in marine ecology, new forage fish monitoring programs, marine survival, climate change, and resource protection. (presentation and video)
Micah Horwith is a coastal scientist at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Aquatic Resources Division. He leads investigations of ocean acidification for the Aquatics Assessment and Monitoring Team. He has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington. His research includes whether seagrasses have the potential to locally counteract ocean acidification, how microscopic shellfish larvae use their habitat, and how juvenile shellfish respond to climate change and acidification. (presentation and video)
Cherry Point Forum 2015
The third annual Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Forum was held on October 24, 2015. Topics, speakers, and links to their presentations:
1. Geologic structure, processes and sediment transport at Cherry Point
2. Seaweed: Eelgrass, kelp and their interlinkages with physical and biologic processes at Cherry Point
- Eric Grossman, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Tribal Liaison, USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area, Currently located at USGS Western Fisheries Research Center (presentation)
3. Marine birds, combining marine ecology, citizen science, and conservation and resource management in Pacific Northwest waters
- Thomas Mumford, Marine Agronomics, LLC, University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs, formerly with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (presentation)
4. Documenting the ecological and population level impacts of sea star wasting syndrome through long-term surveys and citizen science monitoring
- Julia Parrish, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, Associate Dean, College of the Environment, University of Washington, Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (presentation)
- Melissa Miner, Research Associate UC Santa Cruz Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe) Data Manager and WA Regional coordinator (presentation)
Cherry Point Forum 2014
The second annual Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Forum was held on October 25 2014. Topics, speakers, and links to their presentations:
1. Vessel and rail traffic in the Salish Sea and at Cherry Point
2. Role of Department of Natural Resources and the Puget Sound Corps at the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve
- Vessel traffic: Todd Hass, PhD, Program Manager, Marine and Nearshore Special Projects, Puget Sound Partnership (video and presentation)
- Vessel traffic: Captain John Veentjer, Executive Director, Puget Sound Marine Exchange, and retired U.S. Coast Guard (video and presentation)
- Rail traffic: Dave Byers, Response Manager, Spills Program, Department of Ecology (presentation)
3. The role and status of Cherry Point herring.
- Birdie Davenport, Aquatic Reserves Program Manager, DNR and Geoff Mayhew, Aquatic Reserve Program Puget SoundCorps Team Lead (video and presentation)
- Kurt Stick, Fish Program, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (video and presentation)
- Tessa Francis, Puget Sound Institute of University of Washington, Tacoma (video part 1 and part 2)