Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:21 PM on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Community supports its science

The sixth Kachemak Bay Science Conference was a huge success thanks to the many excellent presenters and the outstanding support of local and statewide businesses and organizations. More than 100 people attended the event that went from Thursday March 8th through Saturday March 10th and included three workshops, two keynote talks, 38 presentations and 10 posters about research and issues facing Kachemak Bay.

The planning team for this years conference was made up of representatives from many local organizations and agencies and this truly collaborative effort contributed to the overall success of the conference. Thanks to our many sponsors this year we were able to offer the conference for free.

Special thanks goes to our lead sponsors The North Pacific Research Board and ExxonMobil, supporting sponsor ConocoPhillips, sponsors Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council, Wells Fargo, Seldovia Village Tribe, Alaska Ocean Observing System and the Homer Foundation. Contributing to the theme of healthy communities we received donations from the South Peninsula Hospital Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, Safeway, Save U More and Fat Olives. Other businesses contributing items or services to the science conference were Loopy Lupine, Homer Saw and Cycle, Nomar, the Homer Bookstore, the Driftwood Inn, The Ocean Shores Motel and Era Alaska. Thanks to the Homer community for supporting the conference. Conference attendees also enjoyed the excellent food provided by Vagabond Caf, Fritz Creek General Store and Two Sisters Bakery.

Beth Trowbridge

for the KBay Science Conference Planning Team

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies