Growing educational programs and stewardship in a rapidly- changing environment

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Editor’s note: The story of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies continues in the latest of a series of stories. This week’s story looks at its third decade from 2002-2012.

During its third decade, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies adapted its operations and educational focus to the rapid ecological changes happening in Kachemak Bay and the Gulf of Alaska. The recovery of the marine environment from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) continued throughout this decade, but the effects of accelerated global climate change began to manifest locally.

The fall of spruce trees toppled by the gnawings of spruce bark beetles shifted the forest ecosystems in Peterson

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