NEWS RELEASE 3/5 /2013
The Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest Chapter has awarded its 2013 Conservationist of the Year Award to Anne Shaffer, Executive Director of the Coastal Watershed Institute (CWI), "in recognition of over 20 years of efforts to preserve, protect, restore or enhance environments necessary
for healthy ecosystems." CWI is a non-profit working since 1997 to promote long term, ecological, and community based stewardship of marine and terrestrial ecosystems through scientific research and local partnerships. Over the last sixteen years CWI has supported applied research of nearshore habitats of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, partnered with the City of Port Angeles and Peninsula College on public education, and partnered with the Olympic national Park and Olympic Peninsula Tribes cataloging historic use
and contemporary priorites for nearshore cultural natural resources. Anne's work in ecological restoration has spanned greater than 20 years, and has shown an unwavering commitment to her field and the Region's restoration efforts, particularly in the field of nearshore restoration. She coordinates large and complex restoration and science initiatives, including the Twins Nearshore Restoration, the Elwha Nearshore Management Plan, and the Elwha Nearshore Consortium.
OPC Surfrider often partners with the Coastal Watershed Institute and wants to wish Anne all the best with her award. Great Job!