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Coastal Training Program

Every day, people make decisions that affect the natural, cultural and aesthetic resources of their coasts. Sound coastal stewardship requires that people regularly making decisions about estuaries and coastal wetlands have the best available science at their fingertips. The South Slough Reserve strives to keep decision-makers informed of the latest science about estuaries and coastal wetlands through the Coastal Training Program.

The program provides public information and technical assistance training and for decision-makers through workshops, field trips, classes and other outreach. The program also facilitates discussion and collaboration among decision-makers and opportunities to work with partners to better understand the role of human activity in the coastal environment.

Who are coastal decision makers?

  • Land and water resource managers  
  • Community planners 
  • Wetland restoration specialists 
  • Watershed council workers and volunteers 
  • Community members

Current Trainings Offered

Infographics Tutorial – January 12, 2023
Registration required! 

Fire Program: 
Biochar kiln demo – January 20, 2023
Defensible Space – January 21, 2023
Registration Required! 

Past Program Recordings and Additional Resources

South Coast GIS Users Group (SCUG) February 28, 2023 Meeting

A list of resources mentioned in the recording are below.

Next SCUG meeting will be in early summer – if you are not already a member please contact

SCUG Resources:

Talk 1: Photogrammetry

ArcGIS online story map covering Pony Express project:

Bathymetry article:


Note: SCUG members that can't pay URISA national rates ($195) **will soon** be able to under Friends of ORURISA (non-member) for $25/year

GIS in Action conference: April 17-19, 2023 Portland, OR

Talk 3: Open Topography

 Spring webinar series starting March 15, 2023

 Questions (including data access):

Talk 4: Esri/Drone2Map

Smart Fire Management and Creating Defensible Space:

Additional Resources: 
USBI Biochar in the Woods Recordings available for online seminar on January 27

Wilson Biochar Associates and other practitioners and consultants are available for field demos and webinars – we have a training network and a list of qualified trainers. Contact Kelpie Wilson:

Ring of Fire Kiln and many other resources available at

Join our Biochar in the Woods Discussion Forum

If you are interested in trainings, please contact the Costal Training Program Coordinator.


Encouraged by a successful training program developed in 1988 at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Florida, in 1993 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration adopted the Florida model as a blueprint for a new Coastal Training Program for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Coastal management training workshops began at 11 National Estuarine Research Reserves, including South Slough NERR. Each reserve identified specific, unmet needs for training related to the estuaries in its region, identified affected audiences and began developing training strategies.

Coastal training programs are now running at 23 of 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves throughout the nation.


A guiding principal of the South Slough Reserve is to seek the advice and partnership of others to incorporate their ideas in Reserve projects. Partnerships have included:

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Sabra Marie TallChief Comet

Coastal Training Program Coordinator Phone: 541-888-5558 Ext. 129