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West Coast Dunes Restoration Meeting February 1st – 3rd 2023

The 3rd annual meeting with presentations and videos from meeting participants. Real-time closed captioning and translation of all speakers will be available via Zoom.


January 31: Oregon Field Trips

1. Sitka Sedge SNA

2. Greater Florence area

February 1: Dunes Restoration Online Meeting from 9 am to 4 pm (via Zoom)


9:00-9:10: Welcome and Introductions Christie Boser, USFW

9:10-9:50: Increased climate resiliency following restoration of a California foredune Andrea Pickart, USFWS; Zach Hilgendorf, UCSB; and Ian Walker, UCSB

9:50-10:10: Foredune restoration as a dust control measure at the Oceano Dunes, CA Ian Walker, Zach Hilgendorf and Nitzan Swet, UCSB

10:10-10:40: Efforts to restore two northern California dune systems

Terra Fuller and Renee Pasquinelli; California State Parks


10:50-11:10: Change in plant litter decomposition following European beachgrass

(Ammophila arenaria) invasion and implications for coastal dune restoration Savannah Fuqua, University of Arizona; Lorraine Parsons, Point Reyes National

Seashore; Ben Yang, University of Arizona; Albert Barberán, University of

Arizona; Rachel Gallery, University of Arizona

11:10-11:30: Use of contouring as a tool to restore ecological succession within a coastal

dune ecosystem Dan Robinette, Jamie Miller, Emily Rice, Julie Howard, Angela Fortuna, and

Lynne Hargett; Point Blue Conservation Science, Vandenberg Field Station

11:30-11:50: Lingering legacy effect of invasion and restoration complicate coastal dune

ecosystem restoration Lorraine S. Parsons, Point Reyes National Seashore; Savannah R. Fuqua,

University of Arizona; Michael K. Spaeth, University of Arizona; Benjamin H.

Becker, NPS

11:50-12:10: The Education to Conservation Pipeline

Jenise Coates, The Dunes Center


13:00-13:40: Ocean Ranch restoration

Michael Van Hattem, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife

13:40-14:00: Evaluating native plant characteristics and production requirements to

support coastal dune revegetation in the Pacific Northwest

Ian Silvernail, USDA Corvallis

14:00-14:20: Using dune restoration on an urban beach as a coastal resilience approach

Karina K. Johnston, UCSB; Jenifer E. Dugan; UCSB, David M. Hubbard, Coastal

Restoration Consultants; Kyle Emery, UCLA; Melodie Grubbs, Morro Bay

National Estuary Program

14:20-14:40: Mapping hundreds of hidden beachgrass plants: the range, distribution,

abundance of a newly-discovered, invasive hybrid (Ammophila arenaria x A.


Risa, Askerooth, Rose Antaki, Felipe Barreto, Beck Harper, Hieu Ly, Rebecca

Mostow, Drake Scrafford, Malcolm Thieme, Sally Hacker; University of Oregon)

14:40-15:10: Coalition building: Dunes Science Network

Laura Engeman, California Sea Grant, UCSD

15:10-16:00: Discussion: records of lessons learned, data storage, needs from the field,

thank you!

Christie Boser, USFWS

February 2:  California Field Trip options at 1pm:

1. Ten Mile Preserve (near Fort Bragg)

2. UC Santa Barbara Goleta dunes and wetland restoration (Goleta)

February 3: California field trip options at 8:30am:

1. Manchester State Park (near Fort Bragg)

2. Chevron Dunes (near Lompoc)

To see the full agenda and presentation abstracts click here

Dunes Restoration Conference Agenda Feb 1-3 2023
Download PDF • 331KB

For more information about the event email the planning committee at


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