Dr. Rob Young Update on National Parks Vulnerability + Reaction to IPCC Report and CBRA Rule Change

August 16, 2021

Checking in with Rob Young

On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Dr. Rob Young (Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University) to discuss three major topics on the American Shoreline: Rob's work with the National Parks Service to develop vulnerability assessments for infrastructure in coastal parks to guide resilience policies, the recent IPCC report and what it means to the American Shoreline, and finally the CBRA rules change prohibiting federal funding for sand sourced within CBRA units. But, before they get into the heavy stuff, Peter and Tyler collect Rob's field notes from his family's trip to the beautiful coastal nation of Croatia. It's a great show with one one of the American Shoreline's most provocative and influential thinkers. Only on ASPN!

Show Transcription
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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.