Coastal Resiliency Training Workshops to focus on Northwest Michigan Region

TRAVERSE CITY — Changes to lake levels and the climate are forcing coastal communities in Michigan to re-evaluate how they manage land use, new development and infrastructure.

Two training sessions coming to Traverse City aim to equip local leaders to respond.

The 90-minute “Coastal Resiliency” workshops will be held June 21 and 22 in the Conference Center at the Traverse City Michigan Works building, 1209 S. Garfield Ave.

The first workshop will provide a broad overview of coastal dynamics, resilience planning, and how changes in climate are impacting local communities. The second workshop will be more technical, providing an overview of scenario-based planning tools and how planners and local officials can use data to inform local planning.

These no-cost workshops will teach local planners, planning commissioners, elected officials, municipal staff, and interested citizens in the 10 counties of northwest Lower Michigan how to address these dynamic challenges and build greater resiliency in their communities.

Each workshop will present unique information, so participants are encouraged to attend both workshops.

Workshop One, Introduction to Coastal Dynamics and Resiliency is slated for 6-7:30 p.m. on June 21. There will be featured presentations from Harry Burkholder, Executive Director, LIAA; Dr. Guy Meadows, Director, Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Technological University; and Dr. Richard Norton, Professor, University of Michigan.

Workshop Two, Resiliency Planning at Work will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. on June 22 with a featured presentation from John Paskus, Senior Conservation Scientist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory.

There will be additional topics.

There is no cost to attend these workshops, but pre-registration is encouraged by visiting www.resilientmichigan.org/workshops.

The workshops are funded in part by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Department of Natural Resources, Office of the Great Lakes, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, with support by Networks Northwest. Food and light refreshments will be provided.

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