The 13th Biennial Beaches Conference will take place on Friday, June 10 at the Berwick Academy. Back after a three-year hiatus, this event brings together residents; beach monitors; artists; scientists; students; local, state and federal agencies; youth; and anyone else who cares about beaches and coasts to chat the latest science, arts and culture, management and other trends on the shore.
The conference focuses on the New Hampshire and Maine coasts. This year’s themes include modeling beaches, coasts and ecology; coastal management and policy; coastal tourism; community engagement in coastal science; harvest from the sea; the evolution of coastlines; and community resilience in the face of ocean warming and climate change. Conference plenary speakers will tell the stories that exploring history through integrated and collaborative approaches that build on science; archeology; and merged indigenous, local and Western knowledge.
“The opening session, ‘An inclusive future from an inherited past,‘ will explore the use of archeology at coastal sites in Maine and New Hampshire,” says Rob Sanford of the University of Southern Maine. “We will examine how archeology is used to uncover the truth by revealing hidden stories.”
The conference includes an optional same-day excursion to the Strawbery Banke Museum, where attendees can explore the impacts of sea level rise and progress in understanding and mitigating them. The program includes interactive workshops, such as a Haiku poetry writing, an opportunity to create a collaborative sculptural installation using plastic recycling materials, and lessons in green crab sorting. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend sessions on community projects, monitoring efforts, recent research and creative solutions to manage coastal issues.
The beach conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., then concludes with an on-site networking and socializing event in the Berwick Academy Dining Commons and on the Lawn until 6:15 p.m. Event planners expect around 250 participants to attend the conference.
“Our coastline can be so impressive that it would be easy to lose sight of its essential function for the environment and the local economy,” says Liz Torrance, community relations and social responsibility manager at Kennebunk Savings, responsible for the ‘event. sponsor. “This conference, and the important conversations and connections it inspires, will help us stay focused on what matters most.”
The Beaches Conference is made possible through the support of many organizations and businesses, including Wave Tier Sponsor, Kennebunk Savings; Umbrella Level Sponsors NH Sea Grant, Maine Sea Grant, Ransom Consulting, Maine Coastal Program, NH Coastal Program, Save Our Shores Maine, Horizon Foundation, Great Bay Stewards, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and NERACOOS; and Sand-level sponsors Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Geological Survey, Maine Floodplain Management, Drummond Woodsum, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Seacoast Science Center, Union of Concerned Scientists, PREP and FB Environmental.
Registration is $60 before the event or $75 on the day, with a cost of $10 for the excursion and $10 for the networking and socializing event. Tickets are available on line.
Anyone wishing to attend the conference must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within three days of the event date. The conference will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Recommendations for face masks and other safety measures.
Contact person: Kristen Grant, [email protected]