Shoreline Resilience Workshop Scheduled

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The Neahtawanta Research and Education Center has scheduled a workshop, “Addressing Shoreline Resilience,” for Saturday, June 11, 2016. This 3-hour workshop will cover:

– Native plants and the importance of rooting structure

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– An update of our invasive species

– A tour of the promontory enclosing Bowers Harbor to highlight the importance of context and exposure

– A review of the governing United States Army Corps of Engineers 
(USACE) and Michigan Department of Environment (MDEQ) Regulations

The geomorphic conditions that affect shorelines are most extreme 
on the Great Lakes where fetch, the distance wind travels over the water, is great and water levels fluctuate dramatically. This 3-hour workshop will review the complicated physical dynamics related to the naturally 
occurring construction and erosion of shoreline.

Workshop leaders include Brett Fessell, a Restoration Section Leader, River Ecologist; and Michael Ulrich, a Restoration Ecologist, Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional.

Participants will meet at the Neahtawanta Inn, 1308 Neahtawanta Rd. on the Old Mission Peninsula, and tour several shoreline properties to compare different exposures.

To register, call (231) 223-7315 or email [email protected]. A donation of $20 is suggested.

This is the first of two workshops in this series. The second will take place on June 25 at Glen Lake in Leelanau County. For more info, check out the NREC website.

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