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Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project: Restoration: How Can We Learn About the Restoration?


Updated November 2012
Field seminars and talks help people to better understand the restoration process and the progress of restoration as we continue to monitor the evolution of these unique wetlands. In addition, when possible, we sometimes highlight other topics of special interest in wetland restoration.

Stay tuned for future seminars and talks scheduled to help celebrate the project's 5th anniversary in 2013! Scroll down to see what seminars and talks were offered in 2010.

Mark Cederborg, Project Manager, Hanford ARC, discusses challenges of constructing in wetlands (left), while Brannon Ketcham, Park Service hydrologist, discusses change in hydrology with restoration (right).
Mark Cederborg, Project Manager, Hanford ARC, discusses challenges of constructing in wetlands (left), while Brannon Ketcham, Park Service hydrologist, discusses change in hydrology with restoration (right).

2010 Field Seminars

The public was invited to a number of field seminars in 2010 to learn how the wetland continues to evolve as it transforms back from pasture to marshland.

  • 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and National Park Week Celebration -- Saturday, April 17, 2010: The public was invited to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and National Park Week with Rachel Kamman from Kamman Hydrology & Engineering, who talked about changes in hydrology over the past year-and-a-half in, "Turning Tides: Hydrologic and Geomorphic Changes in the Giacomini Wetlands." Ms. Kamman and her partner, Greg Kamman, have been actively monitoring hydrologic and geomorphic changes in the restored wetland.

    Further chances to do your part to improve the earth occurred later that afternoon at 1 p.m. The public was invited to participate in the restoration process by helping to remove non-native, invasive plant species from along the banks of Lagunitas Creek that are potentially impacting some of the plantings installed there as part of restoration of the riparian habitat along this critically important creek. Visit our How Can We Be a Part of the Restoration Process? page for more information.

  • Saturday, June 26th, 2010: Brannon Ketcham, Seashore Hydrologist, and Michael Reichmuth, Park Service Fisheries Biologist, discussed how these changes in hydrology are affecting use of the newly restored Giacomini Wetlands by fish in "Changes in Fish Use in the Newly Restored Giacomini Wetlands."

  • Saturday, August 28th, 2010: Lorraine Parsons, Seashore Vegetation/Wetland Ecologist, and Amelia Ryan, Seashore Wetland Ecologist, addressed how vegetation is responding to the changes in hydrology with breaching of the levees in "From Pasture to Marsh: The Rapidly Evolving Landscape of the Giacomini Wetlands."

  • In 2010, we celebrated the second anniversary of Giacomini with a session at the Tomales Bay Watershed Council's State of the Bay 2010 conference. Participants heard an update on the second year of restoration magic. The conference took place at the Inverness Yacht Clubon on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 and included a number of interesting talks about other Tomales Bay issues.

  • Sunday, October 24th, 2010: Mary Anne Flett, local wildlife biologist, discussed changes in use by bird and other wildlife species in "Changing Wildlife Populations in the Newly Restored Giacomini Wetlands: Build It and They Will Come."

To find out what seminars were offered in 2009, download the 2009 Giacomini Field Seminars flyer (1,172 KB PDF).

-- Content for this page was composed by Lorraine Parsons, Project Manager, Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project, Point Reyes National Seashore

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