Jull of Applied Research Northwest Presents at NOAA Annual Meeting

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Dr. Pamela Jull from Applied Research Northwest was recently selected to participate in an external review of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coastal Training Program. She was nominated to the position by Cathy Angell, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the Padilla Bay Reserve. Dr. Jull was part of a team of seven nationally recognized scholars in environmental education, community development, environmental science and program evaluation. The Coastal Training Program operates as part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

We were really pleased to have Pamela come on board, donating her time and expertise to help us. She was a real asset to the process.

Dr. Pamela Jull from Applied Research Northwest was recently selected to participate in an external review of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coastal Training Program. The Coastal Training Program operates in 27 locations as part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, one of which is located at Padilla Bay in Skagit County.

Dr. Jull spent November 3rd through 7th as part of a team of seven nationally recognized scholars in environmental education, community development, environmental science and program evaluation. "It was a great honor to be able to participate in the evaluation. The Coastal Training Program is an inspiring program with tremendous potential to help coastal communities manage change without losing precious natural resources."

She was nominated to the position by Cathy Angell, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the Padilla Bay Reserve. "We were really pleased to have Pamela come on board, donating her time and expertise to help us. She was a real asset to the process."

Dr. Jull was invited to present the findings of the review team at the Annual Meeting of the NOAA NERRS in Monterey, CA. There she worked with managers and coordinators to consider their response to the findings and next steps for the Coastal Training Program.

While the training programs around the country target slightly different audiences, Angell explained that the Washington's Coastal Training Program provides practical, science-based training to shoreline planners and other professionals who make decisions about coastal management. The program is administered through the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve which is part of the Department of Ecology and NOAA. The program's website is located at http://www.coastal-training-wa.org.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of protected estuaries committed to education, research, and long-term monitoring. Eight years ago, a national initiative was passed to create a training program that would offer science-based training to professionals who make permitting and other decisions that affect our shorelines. Program coordinators felt that it was time to have a rigorous review of the program to ensure that it was meeting its goals.

Applied Research Northwest (http://arnorthwest.com) is a social research firm based in Bellingham, WA. ARN's mission is to help non-profit and government agencies answer important questions to improve their work in the community. ARN's services include telephone, internet and mail surveys, focus groups, polls and program evaluation.

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