What good is the science if you don’t know how to use it?

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Helping communities and the nation address coastal issues is what drives the National Estuarine Research Reserves’ training efforts.

The Coastal Training Program consists of training professionals from the national program and the 28-site reserve system working together to develop a curriculum that moves national coastal management priorities forward, addresses local needs, and ensures the effective use of reserve-based science.

  • Audiences. The Coastal Training Program targets professionals who make decisions about coastal resources. These might include elected officials, local government staff members (e.g., county, city, and town managers or planners), state agency personnel, business professionals and organizations, or state and regional professional associations.

  • Issues. Each reserve determines what coastal resource issues will be addressed through periodic audience assessments and planning and strategy development at the reserve. Topical areas include coastal habitat restoration, water quality, stormwater management, land use, and coastal development.

For additional information about training opportunities, contact us or your local research reserve.