Event Title

Puget Sound conservation districts and shoreline assistance programs

Presentation Abstract

The state of knowledge about coastal processes, nearshore ecology, and land management along the marine shoreline is evolving. Integrating this information into a new behavioral norm for waterfront homeowners is imperative to protect the health and function of the Puget Sound. In particular, reducing shoreline modification and armor installation on residential properties is a widely acknowledged and pressing goal. Yet how can we most effectively achieve behavior change that truly embraces shoreline stewardship? Success requires not only information sharing, but understanding and the adoption of desired actions by individuals. Conservation Districts have a long history of working directly with landowners, to implement science-based stewardship projects. Marine technical assistance is a growing area at the 12 Puget Sound Districts. In Mason County, WA, a pilot Shore Friendly program is now entering its 4th year. The initiative fosters behavior change and has encountered many challenge and successes. This poster explores how the Conservation District service model links the latest information about shoreline health and impacts to on-the-ground behavior. It explores new program growth at Puget Sound Districts, and topics specific to the Shore Friendly Mason program. • How are Conservation Districts addressing shoreline stewardship with landowners? What aspects of their technical assistance model succeed– and where are the greatest challenges? • What Shore Friendly Mason program elements are successfully influencing homeowner behavior? • Which concepts about shoreline ecology, process, or management resonate– and which do not? • How has collaboration among varied disciplines played a critical role? • How are incentives used - and with what success? • Which emerging challenges need to be addressed to realize greater long term success? By reflecting on work to date, and on the possibilities of expanded future efforts, this poster asks for collaborative discussion about how best to translate research findings into action - by the people who have most impact

Session Title

Posters: Data & Information Management

Conference Track

SSE18: Posters

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE18-36

Start Date

5-4-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

5-4-2018 1:30 PM

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Poster

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Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

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Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Puget Sound conservation districts and shoreline assistance programs

The state of knowledge about coastal processes, nearshore ecology, and land management along the marine shoreline is evolving. Integrating this information into a new behavioral norm for waterfront homeowners is imperative to protect the health and function of the Puget Sound. In particular, reducing shoreline modification and armor installation on residential properties is a widely acknowledged and pressing goal. Yet how can we most effectively achieve behavior change that truly embraces shoreline stewardship? Success requires not only information sharing, but understanding and the adoption of desired actions by individuals. Conservation Districts have a long history of working directly with landowners, to implement science-based stewardship projects. Marine technical assistance is a growing area at the 12 Puget Sound Districts. In Mason County, WA, a pilot Shore Friendly program is now entering its 4th year. The initiative fosters behavior change and has encountered many challenge and successes. This poster explores how the Conservation District service model links the latest information about shoreline health and impacts to on-the-ground behavior. It explores new program growth at Puget Sound Districts, and topics specific to the Shore Friendly Mason program. • How are Conservation Districts addressing shoreline stewardship with landowners? What aspects of their technical assistance model succeed– and where are the greatest challenges? • What Shore Friendly Mason program elements are successfully influencing homeowner behavior? • Which concepts about shoreline ecology, process, or management resonate– and which do not? • How has collaboration among varied disciplines played a critical role? • How are incentives used - and with what success? • Which emerging challenges need to be addressed to realize greater long term success? By reflecting on work to date, and on the possibilities of expanded future efforts, this poster asks for collaborative discussion about how best to translate research findings into action - by the people who have most impact