This 2-day training focuses on understanding and addressing new challenges of adapting ecological restoration designs for San Francisco Estuary tidal marshes, including essential terrestrial transition zones (ecotones), to meet challenges of accelerated sea level rise and climate change. Since BEHGU (Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Project science update – 2015) reassessed regional wetland restoration goals at a programmatic level, this course focuses on the dynamic bay-edge and landward-edge transition zones (ecotones) of tidal marshes that must rapidly respond to landward migration of intensified shoreline (littoral) processes. We review plants (and plant functional groups) and different sediment types as agents and tools for sea level rise adaptation of tidal marshes. We also review constraints of some past tidal marsh restoration conventions in an era of accelerated climate change. Lecture and field trips will cover principles, practices, and retrospective review covering about 40 years of San Francisco Estuary tidal marsh restoration project outcomes, including responses to major storm events, droughts, and wet years. It will feature relatively new tidal marsh edge restoration designs including wet and dry versions of “horizontal levees”, bay beaches and bay-margin marsh berms. Practical project implementation experience, as well as ecological design principles, inform the lectures and field trips.
Instructors: Peter Baye, PhD Coastal Ecologist and Botanist and Donna Ball, MS Habitat Restoration Director, Save SF Bay
Peter Baye has investigated coastal wetlands, beaches, and dunes since 1975, and has worked on conservation of San Francisco Bay wetlands since 1991, after receiving his Ph.D. in Plant Sciences from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He worked on regulatory wetland restoration projects at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and endangered species planning and regulation at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from 1991 to 2002. He was an active participant in the San Francisco Bay Wetlands Ecosystem Goals Project, and prepared the administrative draft of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s tidal marsh recovery plan. He is currently an independent consulting plant ecologist, specializing in endangered species recovery, wetland restoration, invasive plant management, and native vegetation management.
Donna brings over 10 years experience as a salt marsh ecologist on the West Coast to Save The Bay, where she currently guides the Habitat Restoration Team in providing on-the-ground community-based habitat restoration programs utilizing over 5,000 volunteers annually. Previously, Donna worked at H. T. Harvey & Associates as a senior restoration ecologist working on a variety of large and small-scale tidal restoration projects throughout San Francisco Bay. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University, with a focus on Marine and Estuarine Ecosystems.
Classroom as well as field site visits