State of the Coast: Conference Spotlight – Healthy Ecosystems

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Why attend Maryland’s inaugural State of the Coast Conference?

Maryland’s State of the Coast will consist of two and a half days of presentations by leading experts in concurrent sessions, keynote presentations and workshops. Session topics will explore the wide variety of resource management issues and opportunities facing state and local decision makers and how to ensure their resources, and the communities that rely on them are resilient now and into the future.

Conference Spotlight: Healthy Ecosystems

Conference participants have the opportunity to learn about both large-scale and small, local ecosystem restoration efforts and what their peers have learned, what factors contributed to success, and how barriers and obstacles were overcome.

Do you want to:

  • Better understand the intersection of financing, funding and partnership in restoration projects
  • Build adaptation and resilience to climate change into your restoration projects
  • Explore the importance of considering ecosystem services in restoration cost-benefit discussions
  • Have an opportunity to exchange information and experiences with ecosystem restoration
  • Hear about emerging practices, techniques and technologies in ecosystem restoration
  • Learn about successful partnerships and means to leverage resources

Then register today!

In addition, the State of the Coast will be offering a special one day workshop, Applying Stream Restoration Strategies as Part of a Watershed Implementation Plan that is included in your registration.

Conducted by Richard Starr, who leads the Maryland Office of Ecosystem Planning and Restoration, LLC, which focuses on providing environmental planning and restoration services to meet the many water quality challenges that are facing Chesapeake Bay and the mid-Atlantic region. Starr has over 25 years of experience specializing in watershed and stream restoration.

The workshop will consist of a combination of classroom and field training on Chesapeake Bay Program protocols and methods to evaluate, identify and prioritize potential stream projects for implementation. There will be an afternoon site visit to a local stream for an assessment. Lunch is included.

Photos of marshes and wetlands

What’s included in my registration? 

The conference will be held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, located on the banks of the Choptank River. There will also be great networking opportunities, including a welcome reception Monday night, tours and workshops. The “Brews and Bivalves” reception at Horn Point will be hosted by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, Flying Dog Brewery and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.


Important hotel reservation reminder

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay (100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge).

Participants are eligible for a discounted rate ($144 per night). Book your hotel room before April 30.