The public is invited to the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday April 2nd at 6:30 pm in Newport to learn about changes in salmon abundance and diversity on the Oregon coast over the last 50 years. The meeting will be held in the public meeting room of the Central Lincoln PUD building located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway shopping center. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. Court Smith is an anthropologist with a great interest is the relationship between salmon and the people that depend on them. His presentation is based on his 2014 paper entitled Salmon Abundance and Diversity in Oregon; Are we Making Progress? He will discuss how human well-being changes based on resource use and economic development. He believes that variation in human values, culture, and history are key to resource decision-making. He will discuss why salmon diversity is not only good for salmon, but it also complements how people live their lives. The activities of watershed councils and other restoration and conservation strategies under the Oregon Plan influence these outcomes.
Since 2003, Dr. Smith has been Emeritus Professor at Oregon State University’s School of Language, Culture, and Society. He has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. He is a graduate faculty member in the Environmental Sciences, Water Resources and Policy Management, and the Marine Resource Management programs. Come learn more about Dr. Smith’s work and bring your own observations and questions. Thursday April 2nd, at 6:30 pm at the Central Lincoln PUD public room.