Friday, July 14, 2017 at Wells High School, 200 Sanford Road, Wells, Maine
Since the first Maine Beaches Conference in 2000, people with diverse interests in our beaches and coast have been gathering for the day to share ideas. From coastal property owners and scientists to middle school students and government officials, everyone and anyone who cares about beaches and the coast is welcome to join the conversation. Not to suggest that everyone agrees on the issues – far from it, but mutual respect for a wide variety of opinions is the order of the day. You’ll see this theme captured throughout the 2017 program that includes an opening session in which a scientist, an academic, a practitioner, a government official, an attorney, and a private business owner reveal historical trends, current conditions, and determine likely future scenarios on our beaches and coast. Additionally, plenary session II will explore the range of individual perspectives on responding to sea level rise. These perspectives are in part a result of the speakers’ diverse experiences.
In 2017, the organizers, speakers, and participants are more committed than ever to this pattern of mutual respect as this year the reach of the conference continues to expand. For the first time the conference is no longer The Maine Beaches Conference because we jumped the Piscataqua River to officially include Seacoast New Hampshire. A leap of this sort naturally calls for a name adjustment, so for 2017 the event has been deemed The Beaches Conference, Our Maine and New Hampshire Beaches and Coast. With this expansion came the added benefit of enthusiastic partners from NH to join the steering committee, as well as a huge bump-up in the number of presenters from NH.