Ecosystem Based Management Comes to Southern Oregon Portby Sustainable Land Development Initiative on Thursday, Aug 9th, 2012 ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)By Tyson RasorA summit on Ecosystem-Based Management for the 1,320 square mile Port Orford Community Stewardship Area (POCSA) was held at the local American Legion Hall on July 11th. Hosted by the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT), attendees representing various stakeholder interests met to improve collaboration and communication between the individuals, agencies, and NGOs working in the POSCA.The stated goals of the summit were to increase participant knowledge, decrease duplicate efforts, and encourage partnerships within the area in order to share resources. These goals are important to the Port Orford community because of the well-established belief that our common good and well-being is directly connected to our natural resources.Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) is an integrated approach that considers the entire ecosystem, including humans and elements, integral to ecosystem functioning. Informed by both natural and social science, EBM is intended to restore our natural and cultural heritage by sustaining diverse, productive, resilient ecosystems and the services they provide, thereby promoting the long-term health, security, and well-being of our community. Among other things, EBM specifically recognizes that humans are part of ecosystems and that healthy ecosystems are essential to human welfare.Leesa Cobb, Executive Director of POORT, led off the summit with a brief recap of local recent history. In 2006, POORT began the steps to move our community in a direction that takes EBM into account. It started by identifying the ecosystem that our community is a part of and depends upon. First, POORT mapped and identified our historic fishing grounds and then included the terrestrial watershed of these fishing grounds. The result was a comprehensive and holistic depiction of the entire ecosystem surrounding Port Orford that sustains our unique community. The map above is of the POCSA which is now included in the City of Port Orford Comprehensive Plan and is being called a model for other rural communities around the world.This year’s key-note summit presenter was Ms. Sue Lurie who spoke on the subject of payments for ecosystem services and the new natural resource economy for rural sustainability. Sue is a natural resource planning and public policy expert from Oregon State University who works with local, state and federal agencies as well as non-governmental organizations on land use planning, natural resource policy and management, and collaborative decision-making. Following Sue’s informative presentation, more than 20 additional presentations were made by attendees on a wide variety of POCSA stakeholder initiatives, followed by a summation of the day’s events, and a very enthusiastic closing to another successful annual summit.Additional ResourcesSouthern Oregon Coast Mixing Nature, Tradition and Economics for a Sustainable FutureSLDI Project Goes Carbon NegativeOcean Frontiers – The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean StewardshipTyson Rasor is the POORT Ecosystem Programs Manager. For the latest SLDI tweets, click here. The 21st century will overturn many of our previously-held assumptions about civilization. The challenges and opportunities land development stakeholders now face – to fulfill the needs of society and achieve a favorable return on investment without harming the environment – have vast implications on the sustainability of our communities around the world. 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SLDI 2400 Green Street, Suite 201 Dubuque, IA 52001 563-690-2020 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgSLDI Co-founders: Terry Mock Tony Wernke Read The Fractal Frontier - Sustainable Development Trilogy.Read Developing a Sustainable Endgame for the Global Economy See history and evolution of SLDI @ SLDI Foundational Articles Follow Sustainable Land Development Initiative @triplepundit 13 responses Following are descriptions of the stakeholders attending the POCSA summit:Ocean Mountain Ranch, Terry Mock Located in the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area headwaters along a 1000’ ridgetop overlooking old growth forest and the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve, Ocean Mountain Ranch is a 160+ acre carbon-negative project that will provide for long-term yield of high-quality hardwood, softwood, and wildlife habitat while serving as a model organic forestry/grazing operation incorporating residential, agricultural, educational, recreational, and industrial activities to promote sustainable land development best practices on the southern Oregon coast. Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program – USDA , Barbra Grant The Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary cost-share and land rental program enhancing Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program with Oregon-specific incentive payments. There are currently 20 CREP restoration projects using this State and Federal funding within the POORT Marine Stewardship Area, consisting of 35-ft to 180-ft wide riparian buffers along privately-owned pastures adjacent to Willow Creek, Floras Creek, Sixes River, and Elk River, as well as perennial, headwaters, and intermittent tributaries. Friends of Elk River, Jim Rogers The Northern Stretch of the Elk River is now protected by wilderness lands. Friends of Elk River, Elk River Land Trust, Kalmiopsis Audubon Society and Trout Unlimited are currently working to protect the southern watershed of the Elk River by creating the Elk River Salmon Emphasis Area (ERSEA). Fishtracker, Tom Calvanese The Fishtracker Project studies movement behaviors of fish at the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. This research is contributing to our understanding of marine reserve effects. This project will serve as the practicum for a Collaborative Research Training Institute. This training program will prepare our community to conduct collaborative research in fisheries science and marine reserve effects. A workforce trained in collaborative research will support our Marine Science Center and create job opportunities for local fishermen. Community-based Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning in the Port Orford Stewardship Area, Stephanie Webb The community provided their input on future visions, goals, and objectives for spatial management through a series of workshops that included a variety of information gathering and disseminating techniques from multi-jurisdictional partners, industry experts and local stakeholders. Community input, geodatabases, and analysis – MARXAN® and informational overlaying – were used to identify areas of potential wave energy development and determine how they might impact existing resources and uses in the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area (POCSA). Port Orford Sustainable Seafood, Aaron Longton Port Orford Sustainable Seafood is testing out a Community Supported Fishery. It’s just like a CSA, but with seafood from the Pacific. he cost of joining the CSF is $150 per quarter or $50 a month. Members get a delivery of $25 worth of fish every other Wednesday. This is one of the things we feel is an opportunity for our community to add value to the resource and build a connection between the fish, fishermen and consumers. Farm Service Agency – USDA, Bret Harris Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Unique to Federal Programs, local FSA staff, under the direction of the locally elected “County Committee”, administer a variety of Federal agricultural programs. Working with the (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Soil and Water Conservation Districts, FSA provides farm production, conservation and environmental protection programs, as well as agricultural disaster assistance, and farm loan programs to area farmers and ranchers. Redfish Rocks Community Team, Kelly Sparks The Redfish Rocks Community Team (RRCT) is composed of 15 persons representing a variety of stakeholders. The purpose of the RRCT is to collaborate and develop recommendations for Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve, considering biological and socioeconomic information, and to serve as liaisons to the community. Recently, we took on a NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring Survey as part of our citizen science initiative and look forward to caring for the shore side of the reserve, and securing the land-sea connection. City of Port Orford – City Administrator, Mike Murphy The city of Port Orford water system is in need of replacement. It consists of approximately 15 miles of pipe, 12 miles of which is AC (also known as Transite or Asbestos Cement) pipe. We lose anywhere from 30-50 percent of the water we produce to leaks. The water enters the system from an impoundment on the North Fork of Hubbard Creek, and is routed to the water treatment plant where it is made potable and delivered to town.City of Port Orford, Mayor Jim Auborn Two projects underway or envisioned include our Visitor and Marine Educational Center (VMEC) and a Port Orford Integrated Trail System (POINTS). These projects will provide recreational and educational opportunities for both people who live and visit our area. We recently completed a Strategic Plan for the VMEC and need to formalize the POINTS plan. Progress on both of these efforts will be discussed and input welcomed from summit participants. Port Orford Main Street Revitalization Association, Karen Auborn The Port Orford Main Street Revitalization Association focuses on Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economics. Projects to date include: 1. street clean-ups, 2. spiffy awards, 3. artistic bicycle racks, 4. promotion of area assets, and 5. net-working with the state Main Street Organizations. We continue projects aimed at making our downtown bicycle and pedestrian friendly and more attractive, thereby encouraging economic improvements. Our efforts recognize the importance of urban/rural interactions and historic preservation. South Coast Watersheds Foodshed Program, Cathy Boden We have lost the connection of where our food comes from, how it is grown, raised, processed, and the affects that has on our watersheds. South Coast Watershed’s Foodshed Program offers a 10 class curriculum to all 5th grade classes in Curry County. Field trips to local farms and grocery stores helps kids understand more about the food they eat and why local food is better for their health and the health of their community. Cedar Grove Farm, Rick Hazard I own and operate Cedar Grove Farm, a small homestead farm about a mile east of Port Orford. I’m not really a commercial farm but instead strive to be more of a self sufficient homestead providing what I need with minimal off farm inputs. I’m building the soils of about 7 acres of pasture utilizing goats and chickens and then thinning and gaining access to the regenerating forestland with the help of the goats. Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development – Ocean/Coastal Services Division, Dave Perry Improving Curry County’s Shorelands Boundary Maps. Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goal 17 requires that, “Land use plans, implementing actions and permit reviews shall include consideration of the critical relationships between coastal shorelands and resources of coastal waters, and of the geologic and hydrologic hazards associated with coastal shorelands.” One of the key regulatory tools to meet these objectives is a boundary that encompasses coastal shoreland features and resources. Although the Curry County shoreland maps were prepared with the best information and tools available to the County in the early 1980’s, they are drawn to a scale that is not conducive to site planning or project review. The purpose of this project is to improve the quality and reliability of maps depicting the Curry County Coastal Shorelands Boundary (CSB) in the County’s comprehensive plan. Port Orford Ocean Resource Team – Community Fishing Association, Kean Fleming A Community Fishing Association (CFA) is a community-based organization that is allowed to buy, hold, lease and sell commercial fishing permits and quota on behalf of a defined fishing community. CFAs are a tool that fishing-dependent communities can use to offset the negative economic and social impacts of “catch share”, a new program in fisheries management. Catch share management consolidates commercial fishing effort into large Port towns such as Newport and Astoria, and leaves out small fishing communities such as Port Orford. A CFA can provide short-term quota/permit leases at below market rates to help qualified local fishermen obtain the capital they need to buy into an increasingly expensive commercial fishing industry. A CFA can also connect fishermen with important services such as business planning, quickbooks, and pooled health/boat insurance. Oregon Department of State Lands – Senior Policy Analyst, Christopher Castelli The mission of the Department of State Lands is to ensure a legacy for Oregonians and their public schools through sound stewardship of lands, wetlands, waterways, unclaimed property, estates and the Common School Fund. I will give an overview of the Department’s primary functions, focusing on the Land Management, and Wetlands and Waterways Conservation Divisions. City of Port Orford, Planning Commission Chair, Gary Robertson The Port Orford Planning Commission just underwent the long process of updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Thanks to the process the Port Orford Comprehensive Plan now recognizes the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area (POCSA) as an area of ecological importance to our community, while acknowledging that much of the POCSA does not fall within the cities jurisdiction. The City of Port Orford can now actively support projects being implemented within the POSCA. Oregon Department of Transportation, Chris Hunter Hwy 101, just south of Port Orford and North of Humbug Mountain, is undergoing some major repairs. This is the case in many places along the Highway that stretches the length of our state. Currently, ODOT is correcting the damage that took place during the winter/spring storms. Chris will be speaking with us about what steps they are taking to repair the damage and help maintain the road for the foreseeable future. Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, Jim Seeley and Marie Simonds We are a growing alliance of farmers, ranchers, fisherman, outdoor recreationalists, and environmentalists who have joined together around a shared commitment to unite conservation, economic interest and promote tourism on Oregon’s South Coast. Our objectives are achieved by funding important projects in our communities that make our land and waters healthy and that promote tourism and support new job opportunities for local residents. The Wild Rivers Coast Alliance strategy is to secure stable, local funding that will pave the way for economically sustainable, promising community-based projectsRouge River-Siskiyou National Forest – USFS, Kim Hunter and Karla Cottom The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is developing the Elk River 5th Field Watershed Restoration Action Plan (WRAP). The Plan identifies and prioritizes aquatic and riparian related restoration projects within the watershed for the improvement and recovery of water quality, fish habitat, and riparian forest conditions with an interdisciplinary and partnership approach. South Coast Tours, Dave Lacey Let South Coast Tours take you on an adventure paddle in the Wild Rivers Coast estuaries and out into the Southern Oregon near shore ocean. South Coast Tours offers fully equipped 2.5 hour and 4.5 hour 4 person trips in both freshwater and in the Pacific ocean. Come paddle out to Oregon’s first marine reserve and protected area at Redfish Rocks Marine Research Reserve and Protected Area. Redfish Rocks is also a designated IBA (Important Bird Area) that is best viewed by Kayaks as they are less disturbing than larger powered vessels. Paddling the kelp forests of the southern Oregon coast is a surreal experience not to be missed. Surfrider Foundation, Pete Stauffer The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves, and beaches. Within the Port Orford Stewardship Area, Surfrider implements a range of volunteer programs and outreach events in collaboration with the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) and other partners. Our most prominent local program is the Blue Water Task Force, Surfrider’s volunteer water quality testing program. In addition, Surfrider and POORT have co-sponsored the annual Port Orford Water Festival, and Surfrider participates in the Redfish Rocks Community Team process. Building Community Watershed Trading Programs – http://j.mp/SxdSjb August 23, 2012 Habitat restoration brought Oregon $977M in economic activity By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon editor http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2012/08/habitat-restoration-brought-oregon.html?ed=2012-08-28&s=article_du&ana=e_sbo“Restoration can drive economic development and job creation, particularly in rural communities that have suffered from persistently high unemployment rates,” said Spencer B. Beebe, president and founder of Ecotrust, in a press release. “And, unlike in many other sectors of our economy, restoration jobs can’t be outsourced to far-off places.”August 24, 2012 Freshwater Trust, Willamette Partnership get $1.5M grant By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon editor http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2012/08/freshwater-trust-willamette.html?ed=2012-08-28&s=article_du&ana=e_sboThe grant will fund a Joint Regional Water Quality Trading Agreement between Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The two organizations received a $1 million grant last year to set up water quality trading in Oregon. The Freshwater Trust this year landed an $8 million contract with the city of Medford to meet regulatory compliance requirements by improving river habitat.Both events help shape the idea of water quality trading in the Pacific Northwest, which quantifies the benefits of river and wastershed restoration work and translates into regulatory compliance credits that are vetted by state agencies. Businesses can use those credits — tied to tree planting and other habitat improvement efforts — to meet regulations. The Atlantic The Death – and Life – of Small Downtown America Kaid Benfield – Sep 07, 2012 http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/09/how-main-street-can-be-saved/3200/“Focusing on community assets is the first key to attracting investment attention. Is there a river to which the town can be better connected, or are there other natural resources nearby to be enjoyed – mountains, lakes, hiking and nature photography, fishing and hunting – which can help “sell” the town, and to which transit, biking, or walking connections can be better made?” Two Sides of the Same Coin: Sustainability and Profitability Sustainable Finance | Oct 2, 2012Want proof that investing in sustainability leads to better financial performance? Here it is – http://www.justmeans.com/index.php?action=readeditorial&p=56211 New York Times A Grand Experiment to Rein In Climate Change By FELICITY BARRINGER Published: October 13, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/science/earth/in-california-a-grand-experiment-to-rein-in-climate-change.html#commentsContainer“When you need an economic return, one way is to maximize timber harvest,” said Tom Tuchmann, the group’s acting executive director. “The other way is to look at nontraditional value streams.”But making strategic decisions about how many trees to harvest and how many to use to lock up carbon is an uncertain business. Other carbon markets have generally not done well by investors, and some brokerages have closed their carbon desks.“There are so many people who are disappointed,” said Thaddeus Huetteman, the president of Power and Energy Analytic Resources of Atlanta. “What they are really looking for is for California to show we can create a new market of significance in the world’s ninth-largest economy.” The World Bank – October 2012 ReportNatural capital, ecological scarcity and rural poverty Much of the rural poor — who are growing in number — are concentrated in ecologically fragile and remote areas. The key ecological scarcity problem facing such poor households is a vicious cycle of declining livelihoods, increased ecological degradation and loss of resource commons, and declining ecosystem services on which the poor depend. In addition, developing economies with high concentrations of their populations on fragile lands and in remote areas not only display high rates of rural poverty, but also are some of the poorest countries in the world today. Policies to eradicate poverty therefore need to be targeted at the poor where they live, especially the rural poor clustered in fragile environments and remote areas. The specific elements of such a strategy include involving the poor in payment for ecosystem services schemes and other measures that enhance the environments on which the poor depend; targeting investments directly to improving the livelihoods of the rural poor, thus reducing their dependence on exploiting environmental resources; tackling the lack of access of the rural poor in less favored areas to well-functioning and affordable markets for credit, insurance, and land; and reducing the high transportation and transaction costs that prohibit the poorest households in remote areas from engaging in off-farm employment and limit smallholder participation in national and global markets… http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2012/10/16835682/natural-capital-ecological-scarcity-rural-poverty Sustainable Wealth October 29, 2012 Film on New Economic Models – “Fixing The Future”In our political debates, races, etc. there is always room for more conversation about the sustainable, thriving economies we can create in our own home towns. Here’s a very inspiring film which I encourage you to watch if you are wondering what can be done to fix our economy, and our future!… http://sustainablewealth.blogspot.com/2012/10/film-on-new-economic-models-fixing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FhkxT+%28Sustainable+Wealth%29 The Oregonian Fishermen in Port Orford plan to create channel through sand By The Associated Press on November 13, 2012PORT ORFORD — Federal officials have told a small Oregon port that it won’t be dredged anytime soon, so fishermen are planning to make their own channel through sand that’s now deep enough to keep them from coming in or going out except at high tide.The plan is to tie up their boats in a line and run their propellers as the tide recedes, in hopes that it will clear a channel for crab season later in the year… http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/11/fishermen_in_port_orford_plan.html Tweet:12-21-12: THE BEGINNING OF THE SUSTAINABLE WORLD – http://t.co/JB77aFA3 Port Orford Community Stewardship Area – http://t.co/VWmy1S6C Start of “Accelerated Restoration” – j.mp/ZjRCbC hj.mp/10UkB91 Northwest National Climate Assessment Report (2013) Published by Island Press Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities assesses the state of knowledge about key climate impacts and consequences to various sectors and communities in the Pacific Northwest. It draws on a wealth of peer-reviewed literature, earlier state-level assessment reports conducted for Washington (2009) and Oregon (2010), as well as a risk framing workshop. As an assessment, it summarizes the key climate change topics as reflected in the growing body of Northwest climate change science, impacts, and adaptation literature currently available…. http://cses.washington.edu/cig/reports.shtml Interview: Scott Nichols; Director, Verlasso Salmon Marissa Rosen | May 29th, 2014 – http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/05/google-chat-scott-nichols-director-verlasso-sustainable-premium-farmed-salmon/?utm_source=Daily+Email+List&utm_campaign=25433742da-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9dedefcee3-25433742da-220291797TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, spoke with Scott Nichols, Director of Verlasso: Sustainable Premium Farmed Salmon. Verlasso is the first and only ocean-raised farmed Atlantic salmon to receive the “Good Alternative” buy ranking from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Verlasso offers premium salmon raised in harmony with the natural environment, and is leading the way to a new environmental stewardship. Comments are closed.