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Tidal Swamps: Secret Forests of the Oregon Coast
March 1 @ 7:00 pm
Did you know that 200 years ago, over half of Oregon’s estuarine wetlands were forested “tidal swamps”? These magnificent tidal forests of salt-tolerant Sitka spruce were widespread in the Nehalem and Nestucca estuaries. They contained deep tidal channels full of large woody debris that sheltered young salmon on their way to the sea, providing abundant food and protection from predators and high river flows. Per acre, these tidal swamps stored more carbon than almost any other ecosystem on earth.
VENUE: This event will be held via Zoom.
REGISTRATION: Participation is limited. Register today to hear Laura Brophy discuss the history of these magnificent habitats in two of Oregon’s North Coast estuaries.
SPEAKER BIO: Laura Brophy is the Director of the Estuary Technical Group at the Institute for Applied Ecology in Corvallis, Oregon. For over 20 years, she has provided leadership in science-based decision support for estuary restoration and conservation in the Pacific Northwest and U.S. West Coast.