Christmas Eve Special

Wishing everyone a sandy Holiday!

On this special Christmas Eve episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham take a trip up to the northern most reaches of the American Shoreline (not quite to the North Pole) with Craig Birrell, an adventurer, naturalist, outdoor educator, and all-around interesting guy to discuss his recent solo float trip down the Noatak River in the remote Brooks Range of Alaska. The river's entire course is north of the Arctic Circle.  The Noatak basin is the largest undisturbed watershed in the United States. The Noatak National Preserve alone encompasses 6,500,000 acres of public, protected land.

Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.