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Exploring Impacts Of Climate Change On Shoreline Property And Habitats

  • 04/03/2011
  • Kent Island


Saturday, March 26
Sunday, March 27
Saturday, April 2
Sunday, April 3

Duration:  1-2 hours (trail is about a mile and a half, very easy walking).
Time:  Repeats several times each day.  Let Louisa know your availability.
Leader:  Louisa Thompson, Planner Intern, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Registration is required.    Directions will be sent to those who register.  Email your name, agency affiliation or society membership (if any) and area of interest, cell phone plus home or work phone, permanent address and preferred date and time of day to with the subject line "field trip 1." 

Help Louisa field-test and improve a "real + virtual" interpretive trail at a new state park on Kent Island.  The land trail takes you to shorelines with varying slopes, including a beach, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, and uplands.  We'll also talk about the oyster planting area just off-shore and can add other aquatic species of interest to participants.  The virtual trail, accessible via smart phone as you walk the land trail, matches each stop with explanatory drawings and text, photos and satellite views, and links to resources.  Each trail stop is selected to illustrate how sea level rise and storm surge waves will impact shoreline form and habitats.  Several methods of protecting the shoreline or assisting habitats to migrate or adapt are also explored. 

Louisa needs feedback both from experts (to ensure accuracy of content and to set up data collection) and from potential park visitors (to improve user experience of both the land and virtual trails). 

If you have a smart phone, please bring it, but don't hesitate to come without one.

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