Birdy Hour Speaker Series with Karen Tanner
Restoration of High Marsh Diversity at Elkhorn Slough
Restoration of High Marsh Diversity at Elkhorn Slough: Do Clustered Plantings Lead to Better Outcomes?
Elkhorn Slough supports California’s largest remaining salt marsh south of San Francisco Bay, providing critical habitat for birds and other wildlife. Unfortunately, rising seas threaten the marshes of Elkhorn Slough - without intervention, these marshes could drown within the next 50 years. Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s Tidal Wetland Program initiated a large-scale restoration project in 2018 that will make the marsh much more resilient. The establishment of healthy vegetation is critical to success – and because salt marshes are considered stressful habitat, clustering plants together may lead to better restoration outcomes. Join us to find out what we have learned about restoration techniques, and hear how the restored Hester Marsh is faring!
Dr. Karen Tanner did her doctoral work at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she partnered with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve to test strategies aimed at improving salt marsh restoration outcomes. During this time, she also investigated the impacts of solar energy development on desert annual plants for the California Energy Commission. After earning her degree, Karen began a California State Sea Grant fellowship at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, where she supported the agency’s work on sea level rise planning for the last year. In her spare time, she loves to hike and key out native plants.
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