SMEA and Tulalip Tribes Partner on Successful Coastal Squeeze Workshop

Haley Kennard presents Human Dimensions research

SMEA Professor Patrick Christie, Co-PI Brad Warren of Global Ocean Health, and second year SMEA Student Haley Kennard, co-hosted a workshop with the Tulalip Tribes this past Monday, December 12th at the Tulalip Tribes Headquarters. The workshop, entitled “Navigating Coastal Squeeze: Identifying Needs and Priorities to Scale Up Estuarine Restoration in Puget Sound” was generously funded by Washington Sea Grant and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It brought together close to 100 restoration practitioners and environmental leaders from the tribes, state and federal agencies, city and county government, as well as the academic and NGO communities.

The workshop focused on addressing the problem of coastal squeeze in the Puget Sound: that urban growth and rising seas are placing unprecedented pressure on coastal wetlands and deltas in the region. It attempted to integrate sea level rise modelling, human dimensions research, and lessons from participants’ experience inform goals and strategies for restoration and resilience in Puget Sound. To draw from the participants’ deep expertise the workshop prioritized small-group discussions and emphasized strategies that enfranchise (rather than alienate) people who depend on healthy lands and waters. Products include a policy brief on workshop outcomes and next steps, as well as a peer-reviewed paper to be published in the coming months.  Check back for additional information.

Special thanks to the leadership of Tulalip Tribes and the workshop planning Team: Josh Meidav (Tulalip staff), Morgan Ruff (SMEA graduate and Tulalip staff), Abby Hook (Hook Environmental), Brad Warren (Global Ocean Health), Dani Ziff (SMEA), Haley Kennard (SMEA) and Patrick Christie (SMEA).

For agenda and workshop objectives click here. Click on the following links for handouts from human dimensions discussion sessions on: Leadership and Trust, Collaborative Approaches to Planning and Public Engagement and Institutional Coordination.

A final workshop report can be found here.