Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 5:30PM
The United States boasts some of the most beautiful coasts in the world. From the Gulf of Mexico and California’s Pacific Highway, to right here on Fire Island—people have lived, worked, and played along our coastlines for centuries. But now, our coasts are being inundated by threats such as overdevelopment and sea level rise. There is good news: we know what elements are needed to keep our coasts healthy and enable our coastline communities to thrive. Join The Nature Conservancy’s Dr. Alison Branco to learn more about how our barrier island works, how to protect what we love about Fire Island, and what we can do to keep our human and natural communities healthy and thriving long into the future.
Dr. Alison Branco is the Director of Coastal Programs for The Nature Conservancy in New York, where she is focused on bringing science to decision making to help communities and governments plan for and adapt to changes in our climate, with a focus on sea level rise and flooding.
From 2011-2017, Alison served as Director of the Peconic Estuary Program, part of the EPA’s National Estuary Program working with stakeholders and policy makers to protect and restore water quality and habitats in the Peconic Estuary watershed, on the East End of Long Island.