Pub Talk on Tideland Forests
Laura Brophy, director of the Estuary Technical Group within the Institute for Applied Ecology will give a “Science on Tap Talk on “Little-known forests of the tidelands: Oregon’s magnificent tidal swamps, past and present,” on Thursday, March 12, 6-8 p.m. at the Pelican Brewery (33810 Cape Kiwanda Dr.) in Pacific City. The talk, sponsored by the Nestucca, Neskowin, and Sand Lake Watersheds Council, is free and open to the public. Be aware that space is limited, and this is likely to be a popular talk, so early attendance is advised; doors open at 5:15. Food and drink are available from the Pelican.
Brophy is a leading expert on Oregon’s estuarine wetlands, and has been conducting a study of these resources. Many of us are aware that Oregon has lost much of its estuarine wetland habitat. Few are probably aware that more than half of these wetlands weren’t marshes and mudflats but “tidal swamps,” and that 95% of this habitat is now gone. Brophy will discuss this and many other revelations from her ongoing research on the history of Oregon’s estuarine wetlands.
Laura Brophy is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist with over 25 years of field experience in habitats ranging from Pacific Northwest coastal forests and estuaries to tropical rainforests and high desert. As owner and principal of Green Point Consulting and Director of the Estuary Technical Group at the Institute for Applied Ecology, she generates and distributes scientific data and guidance to assist restoration practitioners and policymakers.