How are individuals, communities, ocean users and economies affected when areas of our ocean are set aside for conservation? Join Lower Nehalem Watershed Council on May 12 as we welcome Dr. Tommy Swearingen, Human Dimensions Research Project Leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program, for a presentation on the Program’s ongoing research to assess the socioeconomic impact of marine reserves.

Oregon has designated five marine reserve sites, located at Cascade Head (near Lincoln City), Otter Rock (near Newport), Cape Perpetua (near Yachats), Redfish Rocks (near Port Orford), and most recently Cape Falcon (near Manzanita). The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for managing and scientifically monitoring these five sites. The goal of the Human Dimensions Project is to assess the socioeconomic impact of marine reserve implementation and to perform research that informs nearshore management. Learn more about Oregon’s Marine Reserves at

The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council is exited to partner with the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve to bring this noteworthy presentation on the social science side of marine reserves research to the North Coast. Presenter Dr. Tommy Swearingen oversees the Program’s human dimensions research, working in conjunction with a multitude of research partners in academia and the private sector. He received his Doctorate degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences in 1989. He’s worked on large-scale social science research projects for the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and numerous agencies. His research has focused on recreational visitor management, environmental ethics, tourism, and community development. Tommy grew up in New Orleans, owned a 1,100 acre farm in Alabama, and is a former kayak and canoe instructor trainer.

The presentation will be held at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave, in Manzanita. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments. The presentation will start at 7:20 p.m. following an update from Lower Nehalem Watershed Council at 7 p.m.

Event Information: Refreshments and snacks will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public. Find more information on our speaker series on our Facebook page (

Date & Location: May 12, 2016 at Pine Grove Community House (225 Laneda Ave, Manzanita)

Time & Agenda:

  • 6:30 PM Doors open – Refreshments
  • 7:00 PM Council Updates
  • 7:20 PM Presentation
  • 8:30 PM Adjourn


  • Event Flyer (PDF and JPG)
  • Photo: Dr. Tommy Swearingen

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