Humboldt Bay Initiative

The Humboldt Bay Initiative (HBI) seeks to create an integrated and coordinated resource management framework that links the needs of people, habitats and species by increasing our scientific understanding of our ecosystem and by promoting community-wide collaboration to ensure a healthy future for Humboldt Bay’s natural and human communities. Our vision is a vibrant, thriving, and resilient Humboldt Bay ecosystem that supports the well-being of our human and natural communities.

HBI brings together resource managers, scientists and community members to address management issues that cross disciplines and to link science and management for the Humboldt Bay ecosystem. In order to address priority threats to the local ecosystem and communities including climate change, invasive species and human activities, HBI proposed a set of strategies. HBI facilitates ongoing coordination and collaboration among local agencies, resource managers and local constituencies and develops, integrates and disseminates key ecosystem information.

HBI is guided by a Steering Committee and is currently coordinated by Becky-Price Hall and Jill Demers. Over 50 individuals volunteer as part of the HBI Project Team by participating in Work Groups focused on addressing key HBI strategies.

Steering Committee

  • Aldaron Laird, Trinity Associates
  • Becky Price-Hall, Coastal Ecosystems Institute of Northern California
  • Darren Mierau, CalTrout
  • Diane Ashton, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Eric Nelson, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hollie Hall, Hollie Hall & Associates
  • Jeff Anderson, Northern Hydrology & Engineering
  • Jill Demers, Coastal Ecosystems Institute of Northern California
  • Jennifer Kalt,Humboldt Baykeeper
  • Joe Tyburczy, California SeaGrant
  • Mark Wheetley, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Paula Golightly, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Coastal and Partners Programs
  • Vicki Frey, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Whelan Gilkerson, Pacific Watershed Associates

Get Involved

HBI general meetings occur every other month and work group meetings occur as needed. Check out the HBI calendar to attend an open meeting or contact HBI Coordinator Jill Demers (jill@coastalecosystemsinstitute.org) or sign up for our email newsletter to find out more.