The invitation below is for an important meeting about the future of
Coastal Zone Management in California and throughout the United States.
We need your help in spreading the word. Please note that you must
register for the event – and the registration information is provided
below. This is a great opportunity to provide ideas and help shape the
future of our nation’s coasts. Thank you!!

Brian Baird – Chair, Coastal States Organization and
Assistant Secretary, Ocean and Coastal Policy
California Resources Agency

Dear Colleague,

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the
Coastal States Organization (CSO) want to improve the way our nation
manages its coasts. To do that, we need your input.

Please join us at the Lone Mountain Conference Center in San Francisco,
California on June 12, 2007 when we host one of a series of nationwide
meetings designed to solicit innovative ideas that will shape
legislation being submitted to Congress later this year.

During the meeting, NOAA and CSO will present our joint initiative,
Envisioning the Future of Coastal Management, followed by facilitated
comment sessions. We want to hear your success stories, best management
practices, and innovative solutions for how coastal management can be
better. Topics will include:

– Coastal Issues – What are the most important challenges now and in the

– Current Policies and Programs – What is working well? What can be

– Solutions – What new, innovative approaches will move coastal
management forward? How can we improve the Coastal Zone Management Act?
What tools are needed to build strong coastal communities and healthy

Attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is
reached. Please register by June 5, 2007 at
There is no registration fee to attend and lunch will be provided. If
you have any questions, please contact our contractor Resource Plus at or (617) 385-5028.

If you are unable to attend the meeting in San Francisco, please submit
your comments via the web or join us at one of the other stakeholder
meetings scheduled in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, or Honolulu. A full
meeting schedule and additional information about the Envisioning
project and submitting on-line comments can be found at

Thank you for taking advantage of this opportunity to impact the way our
coasts are managed. We want to hear your voice and look forward to your


Kacky Andrews, Executive Director, Coastal States Organization
David Kennedy, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource
Management, NOAA
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