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USGS Western Ecological Research Center San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station (WERC SFBE) has over 20 years of experience pairing biological monitoring with research and management questions. WERC SFBE currently is working or has worked on numerous estuarine restorations and tidal wetlands in California, Oregon, and Washington. Most recently, they have been part of the cooperative science team monitoring restoration efforts in the Nisqually estuary, the largest estuary restoration project of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. This and other diverse projects have led to the development of a set of monitoring tools and methods presented here.

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Email: TidalMarshMonitoring[AT]gmail.com

John Y. Takekawa
USGS Western Ecological Research Center
San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station
505 Azuar Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
Tel: (707) 562-2000; Fax: (707) 562-3001

Tidal Marsh Monitoring Handbook

By Kelley Turner1, John Y. Takekawa1, Isa Woo1, Christopher Ellings2, Brian Root3, and Jean E. Takekawa4

1U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station, 505 Azuar Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592

2Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources Department, 12501 Yelm Highway SE Olympia, Washington 98513

3U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Refuge Systems, Pacific Region, Inventory and Monitoring Program, 911 NE 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97232

4U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 100 Brown Farm Rd. Olympia, WA 98516

For more information on the USGS—the Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment:
World Wide Web: http://www.werc.usgs.gov/Location.aspx?LocationID=10
Telephone: 1-888-ASK-USGS

For more information on the USFWS- working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people:
World Wide Web: http://www.fws.gov/
Telephone: 1-800-344-WILD

For more information on the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Natural Resources Program - maintaining pristine native lands and waterways important to the survival of fish, plants and wildlife, and in turn our cultural heritage:
World Wide Web: http://www.nisqually-nsn.gov/content/natural-resources
Telephone: (360) 456-5221

Suggested citation: Turner, K., J.Y. Takekawa, I. Woo, C. Ellings, B. Root, and J.E. Takekawa. 2012. Tidal Marsh Monitoring Online Handbook. Available online at tidalmarshmonitoring.org (accessed MM/DD/YYYY)


Any use of trade, product, or firm names in this publication is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

Development of www.tidalmarshmonitoring.org was supported by U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System Pacific Region Inventory and Monitoring Program, U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center, USFWS Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources Department and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP). We would like to thank Jesse Barham with USFWS Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge for ideas and review that have benefited the website. We acknowledge and thank Walker Duval and Aaron David (Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources Department) for their contributions, input, and review of the Fish and Invertebrate webpages. We thank Eric Grossman (USGS Pacific Coastal Marine Science Center) and Chris Curran (USGS Washington Water Science Center) for valuable input and graphical examples for the Flow and Hydrodynamics webpage. We thank Roger Fuller (The Nature Conservancy) for his contributions to the Design webpage and subpages.  We would also like to thank Lisa Belleveau, Thuy-Vy "Vivian" Bui, William Chan, Ben Gustafson, Matthew Holt, Peter Markos, Tina Matthews, Sara Piotter, Ashley Smith and Lacy Smith of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center for website review.


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