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Speaker: Pete Dixon

Date: February 13, 2024

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Program Description: Join us for our February speaker presentation on the planned restoration of Ormond Beach Wetlands, known as the Ormond Beach Restoration and Access Plan (OBRAP). Ormond Beach in Oxnard, CA, is one of the largest and most significant coastal restoration opportunities in Southern California, encompassing over 1,000 acres of rare and endangered habitat. This two-mile stretch of beach, dunes, wetlands, and uplands is home to 30 rare, threatened, or endangered species and used by over 200 species of birds. The City of Oxnard, California Coastal Conservancy (SCC), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have partnered to develop a plan for the preservation, enhancement, and restoration of this crucial yet long-neglected coastal area. Pete Dixon, Restoration Project Manager for The Nature Conservancy, will provide updates and status on the restoration plan for the coastal dune & upland ecosystems and Ormond Lagoon. Pete will address the challenges of planning for sea level rise, storm erosion, and striking a balance with public access while restoring this important natural and community resource. 

Speaker Bio: Pete Dixon brings a wealth of expertise in botany and landscape architecture to his role as Restoration Project Manager for The Nature Conservancy. Graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in landscape architecture, Pete's passion for native landscapes and civic engagement led him to various roles in conservation. Early in his career, he honed his skills at his grandfather's native plant nursery in Michigan, cultivating a deep understanding of plant ecology. His journey continued as he worked with the Catalina Island Conservancy, focusing on habitat restoration and conservation efforts. Pete's dedication to preserving natural resources and fostering community involvement propelled him to his current position, where he works on the Ormond Beach Restoration and Access Plan (OBRAP). Through his work, Pete remains committed to creating sustainable solutions for coastal ecosystems while engaging the public in the stewardship of our precious natural heritage. 

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