2016 Conference Proceedings

Proceedings of the 7th State of Tomales Bay Conference 2016 (follow links in agenda below for pdfs of presentations. Note, strictly oral presentations are not available in these proceedings)

Building Local Collaboration and Stewardship of the Tomales Bay Watershed: Science, Policy & Practice

Friday, September 23, 2016, 8:30am to 5 pm Inverness Yacht Club

8:30 AM Registration and Coffee

9:00 AM Welcome Tom Gaman, TBWC Chair


9:15am Keynote – Climate Change: Nature-Based Solutions for a Healthy Future Ellie Cohen, President and CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science

9:45am Change in the Upper Watershed: Challenges in Managing Rangelands, Forests, Fire and Invasive Plants Sally Gale, Rancher, Marin RCD & Mike Swezy, Forester MMWD

10:15am Long-Term Trends in Water Quality Monitoring of the Tomales Bay Watershed Rob Carson, Tomales Bay Watershed Council and David Lewis, UC Coopertive Extension

10:30am Break

10:45am State of Tomales Bay’s Anadromous Fisheries Eric Ettlinger – MMWD Fisheries Biologist, and Mike Reichmuth – NPS Fisheries Biologist

11:15am The Need to Know: Research projects ongoing at Point Reyes National Seashore Ben Becker, Biologist, Point Reyes National Seashore

11:30am Wildlife Update: Ospreys and Eagles Jules Evens, naturalist, principal at Avocet Research Associates

11:45am Open time for Watershed vignettes including Dominique Richard (NOAA), Richard James (Coastodian)

12:00pm Lunch provided


1:00pm Running the National Park Cicely Muldoon, Superintendent, Point Reyes National Seashore

1:30pm Inside the Coastal Commission and Local Governance Steve Kinsey, Marin County Supervisor and California Coastal Commission

2:00pm C-SMART: Planning for Sea Level Rise in Tomales Bay Jack Liebster Marin County C-Smart Program

2:30pm Break


2:45 pm Defending Beef Nicolette Niman, Rancher and Attorney

3:10pm Shellfish Aquaculture in Tomales Bay – Terry Sawyer, Co-Founder Hog Island Oyster Company

3:35pm River Otters in the Watershed – Megan Isadore, the River Otter Ecology Project

4:00pm Funding Future Restoration in the Watershed. Jerry Meral

4:10pm Observations of a Fisherman. Richard Plant

4:25pm Local Groups Update—PRNSA/MALT/RCD & other updates

4:50pm Conference Wrap-Up Rob Carson

5:00pm Social Hour and Refreshments

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