Proposed Abstract Title

The volunteer face of Shore Friendly Kitsap and intersections with Green Shores for Homes

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Going Beyond Regulations to Green Our Shorelines

Location

2016SSEC

Description

With research suggesting that a representative of a regulatory agency may not be the most effective first contact for shoreline homeowners, the Shore Friendly Kitsap program set out to establish and support a cadre of volunteers who would engage with and be a resource for homeowners interested in bulkhead removal or replacement with soft protection. The volunteers participated in several weeks of training on topics from nearshore functions to permitting before participating in project outreach efforts. Once a homeowner expresses interest in the program, the volunteers provide property and program information to the homeowners during an initial site visit. A component of this information sharing can include elements of Green Shores for Homes (GSH). Though homeowner motivations are diverse, many are interested in enhancing the ecological functions of their shoreline. Since Green Shores for Homes went through an extensive process with shoreline professionals to determine a range of homeowner actions that can be taken or avoided to preserve and enhance natural shoreline functions, GSH documentation can be used to provide a checklist of best practices for homeowners and discussion points for volunteers. A homeowner may choose to incorporate elements of both programs, taking advantage of Shore Friendly incentives while going even further in their efforts to meet certification requirements of Green Shores for Homes. We will be discussing our approach, lessons learned and next steps.

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The volunteer face of Shore Friendly Kitsap and intersections with Green Shores for Homes

2016SSEC

With research suggesting that a representative of a regulatory agency may not be the most effective first contact for shoreline homeowners, the Shore Friendly Kitsap program set out to establish and support a cadre of volunteers who would engage with and be a resource for homeowners interested in bulkhead removal or replacement with soft protection. The volunteers participated in several weeks of training on topics from nearshore functions to permitting before participating in project outreach efforts. Once a homeowner expresses interest in the program, the volunteers provide property and program information to the homeowners during an initial site visit. A component of this information sharing can include elements of Green Shores for Homes (GSH). Though homeowner motivations are diverse, many are interested in enhancing the ecological functions of their shoreline. Since Green Shores for Homes went through an extensive process with shoreline professionals to determine a range of homeowner actions that can be taken or avoided to preserve and enhance natural shoreline functions, GSH documentation can be used to provide a checklist of best practices for homeowners and discussion points for volunteers. A homeowner may choose to incorporate elements of both programs, taking advantage of Shore Friendly incentives while going even further in their efforts to meet certification requirements of Green Shores for Homes. We will be discussing our approach, lessons learned and next steps.