Evergreen Hosts Free Lecture on Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration

February 24, 2010

(Olympia, Washington) - The Evergreen State College’s Ecovention Lecture series features a presentation by Paul Cereghino entitled “Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration” on Wednesday, February 24th from 6-8 p.m. in Evergreen’s Seminar II Building, Room D1105. Mr. Cereghino will share his experience in regional restoration planning through his work with the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project. He will discuss the recent removal of dikes to restore anadromous fish habitat to the historic Nisqually Estuary as one among a range of projects struggling to meet the challenges of restoring dynamic shorelines of Puget Sound.

The lecture series “Ecovention: Urban Horticulture and Ecological Restoration” brings to campus innovative thinkers seeking to address various environmental challenges through creative approaches in horticulture, landscape architecture, ecological restoration, forestry and green commerce. The final presentation on March 10th will focus on student recommendations for Ecoventions on campus and beyond.

Mr. Cereghino is a restoration ecologist with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Restoration Center, the only office within NOAA solely devoted to restoring the nation’s coastal, marine, and migratory fish habitats. The Restoration Center works with a wide array of partners to restore mangrove, salt marsh, seagrass, oyster, coral reef, kelp forest, and river habitats.

Ecovention events are free and open to the public. Parking is $2. For more information on this lecture series go to www.evergreen.edu/teachinggardens and click on events or contact Frederica Bowcutt.