Shoreline Management and Stabilization Using Vegetation

WA State Department of Ecology/The Padilla Bay NERR


Wednesday, June 15, 2016
12:15 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. PDT

Mt. Vernon, WA, United States

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This one-day intensive workshop is geared toward local shoreline planners, permitters, consultants, and state agency staff. The workshop focuses on the vegetation component in shoreline projects, and provides you with the tools and information to effectively review and evaluate shoreline impact mitigation proposals using native vegetation.  You will gain a working knowledge of topics such as the role of vegetation in stabilizing slopes and reducing erosion, how to identify potential slope instability using vegetation field indicators, how upland clearing or view pruning may adversely affect the shore, how to improve shoreline structural integrity and habitat using an integrated biostructural approach, and much more. Measures will be discussed for addressing vegetation in shoreline master plans, as well as techniques for monitoring vegetation. The class is intended to increase your understanding of the functions of native shoreline vegetation and provide a technical overview of shoreline re-vegetation and bio-engineered stabilization methods. The class will help consultants improve their mitigation designs and administrators evaluate and condition mitigation measures more effectively. The afternoon session will be conducted in the field, so dress appropriately.

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Ben Alexander

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Ben Alexander co-founded Sound Native Plants in 1991, an Olympia-based native plant nursery and ecological restoration company. He has worked in ecological restoration for more than 30 years. Ben's experience includes creating and implementing plans for shoreline and slope stabilization using bioengineering methods including live crib walls, vegetated geogrids ... Read More