THE MAIN THREATS WE WILL ENCOUNTER FROM SEA LEVEL RISE: Increased shoreline erosion Salt intrusion into the interior via ditches Sea-level rising faster than vegetation can retreat RESULTING IN A CATASTROPHIC LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY
GLOBAL WARMING /CLIMATE CHANGE/SEA LEVEL RISE Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge The forest is disappearing Alligator River
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Point Peter Road Climate Change Project OYSTER REEF CONSTRUCTION SITE Water Control Structure Site Tree planting site PROJECT PARTNERS Duke Energy SARP - NOAA
ADAPTATION STRATEGY 1: Use oyster reefs to buffer wave action and to slow currents. Oyster reefs will also sequester new carbon, help to ensure clean water, and provide habitat for many species in addition to oysters.
ADAPTATION STRATEGY 3: Plant salt- and flood-tolerant vegetation ahead of the moving front.
First Steps Point Peter Road Point Peter Road –Construct oyster reef –Replace inadequate water control structure –Plant test plots of bald cypress, black gum, and green ash in peat soils
March 2010 Tree Planting Contractor planted 11,500 bald cypress, 2,000 black gum, and 6,750 pond pine over 40 acres in 8-five acre plots along with 4-five acre plots as a control Now, we can do the science and find out how many survive and what are their growth rates
N. C. State University Carbon /Nitrogen Flux Research Project Evaluating mechanistic linkages ecosystem carbon balance Nitrogen mineralization Monitor changes with changing ground water level climatic drivers Proxies for climate change and rising sea level
Adaptation Adaptation is the management actions we will take to reduce impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife and habitats
Mike Bryant, Project Leader USFWS North Carolina Coastal Plain Refuges Complex P. O. Box 1969 (shipping: 708 N Hwy 64) Manteo, NC 27954 office: 252-473-1131 ext. 222 cell: 252- 216-7505 fax: 252-473-1668 email@example.com Brian Boutin, Ph.D. Climate Adaptation Project Director firstname.lastname@example.org (252) 441-2525 (Phone) (910) 599-2559 (Mobile) (252) 441-1271 (Fax) nature.org The Nature Conservancy North Carolina Chapter Outer Banks Office 701 West Ocean Acres Drive Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Dennis Stewart, Refuge Biologist Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Complex P. O. Box 1969 (shipping: 708 N Hwy 64) Manteo, NC 27954 Office: 252-473-1131 ext. 231 Cell: 252-475-0962 fax: 252-473-1668 email@example.com
To-date: Funds contributed by- And OTHERS: Several anonymous donors to TNC