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NAEP Webinar: Coastal Restoration and Resilience
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PST
Category: Webinars

Coastal Restoration and Resilience

Presented by Bridget Callahan Lussier, Lisa McDonald, & Amanda Bassow

May 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PT


The webinar will provide insight into coastal restoration and resiliency planning, ecological and socioeconomic considerations, and effective monitoring to measure success. Case studies will be described to illustrate approaches, challenges, and successes.  

Ms. Lussier will provide an overview of approaches to strengthen coastal resilience using natural infrastructure, with an emphasis on techniques appropriate for the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean. The nature-based approaches absorb shock from climate and weather threats while providing benefits for fish and wildlife. Examples will include living shorelines, mangrove, coral reef, salt marsh, oyster reef, dune, and other coastal habitat restoration projects that increase coastal resilience.

Ms. Bassow will discuss how the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is applying lessons learned from the Sandy program to its resilience grantmaking nation-wide. She will focus on the recommendations coming out of an initial evaluation of the Sandy program, as well as the status of on-going monitoring to track a core set of ecological and socio-economic metrics.


Mike Mayer, ERMMinnesota AEP


Amanda Bassow
Director of the Northeastern Regional Office, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Ms. Amanda Bassow works with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats for current and future generations. . Since its creation by Congress in 1984, NFWF has grown to become the nation's largest private conservation grant-maker. Ms. Bassow earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University, with a focus in environmental policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism from the University of Washington. 
As the Northeast Regional Director, Ms. Bassow develops partnerships and oversees the delivery of grant programs across a 13-state region covering the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The region includes over $35 million in annual grantmaking for conservation in New England, the Long Island Sound, the Delaware River watershed, the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and Central Appalachia.

Ms. Bassow also had the opportunity to oversee the implementation of NFWF’s $120 million partnership with the Department of Interior to support coastal resilience restoration in response to Hurricane Sandy.

Bridget Callahan Lussier
Coastal Resilience Specialist, Lynker, Charleston, Office of Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Ms. Bridget Callahan Lussier is a Coastal Resilience Specialist with Lynker at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management in Charleston, South Carolina. In her role, she provides coordination and communication on coastal resilience across NOAA, and with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and other partners. She provides technical expertise in coastal resilience to inform place-based, regional resilience assessments. Additionally, she supports the development and implementation of grant programs focused on enhancing coastal resilience.

Ms. Lussier earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Smith College and a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. She has over 25 years of experience working in coastal and marine habitat restoration, monitoring, environmental impact assessment, research, and policy.

Lisa McDonald

Dr. McDonald has more than 25 years of professional experience conducting economic analysis studies focused on various natural resource issues including ecosystem restoration, endangered species management, recreation and tourism, and agriculture. She has led the development of economic impact tools used to evaluate large investment and divestment decisions. In addition, she has led or completed several socioeconomic impact analyses for various projects including evaluating employment, earnings, and taxes with changes in land-use policies, energy, and infrastructure development.  Her experience includes working closely with several Federal agencies including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Park Service (NPS), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), US Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Department of Defense (DOD), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


NAEP Member: $75
Chapter Members: $125
Non-member: $140