MEDIA ADVISORY:
COASTAL WETLAND COMMUNITIES ADAPTATION LEADERSHIP FORUM  
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CONTACT:
Lisa Noble, America's WETLAND Foundation
(504) 293-2610

WHAT:
Coastal Wetland Communities Adaptation Leadership Forum 
Topics to be covered: 
  • Update from 2011 Blue Ribbon Resiliency Leadership Forums
  • A Generational Approach and Timeframe for Adaptation
  • Educating for the Adaptation Generation
  • Shared Responsibilities: The Master Plan and Beyond
  • Toward a New Era in Private Sector Sustainability
  • The Louisiana Coastal Exchange - A Gulf Wide Private Sector Partnership & Registry of Conservation and Restoration Projects

WHEN:
Wednesday - August 29, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

WHERE:
Plantation Suite
Bollinger Student Union
Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA

WHO:
  • Tim Allen, General Manager, Apache 
  • Rachel Archer, General Manager of Gulf of Mexico, BHP
  • Elliott Bouillion, President and CEO, RES
  • Laura Bowie, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA)
  • Sidney Coffee, Senior Advisor, America's WETLAND Foundation
  • The Honorable Gordon "Gordy" Dove, President, Terrebonne Parish (Invited)
  • Reggie Dupre Jr., Executive Director, Terrebonne Levee & Conservation District
  • Berwick Duval, Esq., America's WETLAND Foundation Board Member
  • Karen Gautreaux, Director, Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy, LA Chapter
  • The Honorable Dirk Guidry, Councilmember, District 8, Terrebonne Parish (Invited)
  • The Honorable Walter "Walt" Leger III, Speaker Pro Tem, Louisiana State, Louisiana State Representative, District 91 and Co-Chair of the Louisiana Coastal Exchange
  • Simone Maloz, Executive Director, Restore or Retreat
  • Val Marmillion, Managing Director, America's WETLAND Foundation
  • Craig McClain, Ph.D., Executive Director, LUMCON
  • R. King Milling, Chairman, America's WETLAND Foundation
  • The Honorable Jerome "Zee" Zeringue, Louisiana State Representative, District 52 and Co-Chair of the Louisiana Coastal Exchange
WHY:
In 2011 the Foundation hosted a Blue Ribbon Resilient Communities Leadership Forum in Terrebonne Parish to consider new data from a multi-million-dollar study citing by zip codes coastal infrastructure vulnerabilities in the parish and across the Gulf Coast. The forum focused on steps needed to build resiliency based on adaptive measures, determining plans and actions for ensuring a sustainable future.

As Southeast Louisiana residents now consider new and more dramatic land loss predictions outlined in the latest state coastal Master Plan, we again return to seek information from community, business, and civic leaders and discuss projects that will be of benefit to Southeast Louisiana.

This forum will address opportunities for transitional and innovative projects that align with community goals and, though not falling within Master Plan priorities but consistent with the plan, are nonetheless important to achieving optimum success with large-scale projects. The Foundation, in partnership with RES and BHP recently announced two projects in South Terrebonne that fall into the category of private sector initiatives that support progress in coastal protection made by the Parish.

FORUM HOSTS:

Dr. Jay Clune, President, Nicholls State University
The Honorable Gordon "Gordy" Dove, President, Terrebonne Parish
R. King Milling, Chairman, America's WETLAND Foundation
Rachel Archer, General Manager of Gulf of Mexico, BHP
Elliott Bouillion, President and CEO, RES
The Honorable Walter "Walt" Leger III, Speaker Pro Tem, Louisiana State, Louisiana State Representative, District 91 and Co-Chair of the Louisiana Coastal Exchange
The Honorable Jerome "Zee" Zeringue, Louisiana State Representative, District 52 and Co-Chair of the Louisiana Coastal Exchange

*Live coverage of the Forum available on America's WETLAND Foundation Facebook page.

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The America's WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana's history, raising public awareness of the impact of Louisiana's wetland loss on the state, nation and world. The initiative is supported by a growing coalition of world, national and state conservation and environmental organizations and has drawn private support from businesses that see wetlands protection as a key to economic growth. For more information, visit  www.americaswetland.com.