Technical volunteers needed: Estuary & Salmon restoration program

Dear Puget Sound Restoration Community:   Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program is developing two projects to develop adaptive management and monitoring frameworks to guide ESRP program expenditures and terms through its project awards, enhancements, and programmatic monitoring.  One project will focus on evaluating the restoration of beach systems, the other on river delta systems (per Shipman 2008).

These frameworks will define project types within each system, identify critical uncertainties among those project types, and propose scalable strategies for observing and comparing projects.  ESRP programmatic learning hopes to benefit to the restoration community by informing project selection and design decisions.


To help complete this task we would like to develop a strong and distributed local technical network that can play the following roles:

  1. Provide a rigorous critique of project evaluation strategies.
  2. Identify knowledge and learning needs that are shared by many, which can be supported through targeted program spending.
  3. Provide rigorous critique of ESRP products that emerge from implementation of these strategies.
  4. Provide a conduit for distribution of products from other watersheds and project workgroups.


You may nominate yourself if you like—indication of interest does not commit you to participation.  Please forward this request within your networks.  We are looking for the following qualities:


  1. Strong technical knowledge in an area of expertise and demonstrated commitment to developing and applying emerging restoration science to on-the-ground projects
  2. Strong and active personal networks within local restoration communities
  3. Understanding of the value of restoration within ecosystem-based management


Please respond and provide email, phone, name, field of expertise, and organizational affiliation with your nomination, and indicate if they are being nominated to support work on BEACHES or RIVER DELTAS.


As we evaluate alternative structures for managing a technical information network to support on-the-ground nearshore restoration, we may be able to offer limited compensation for specific tasks as appropriate.  We hope to benefit both from diversity of geography as well as diversity of expertise.   Attached is a fact sheet describing the overall ESRP learning strategy.  We hope to avoid duplication of effort and integrate into existing professional symposia and are open to suggestions or inquiries.


Best Wishes,


Paul R. Cereghino

Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program Manager

NOAA Restoration Center  | WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife

360-902-2603 (office)  |  206-948-6360 (cell)  |

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