Alabama Governor’s recovery commission, Coast Guard Admiral to participate in Auburn-led coastal restoration conference

AUBURN – U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry and members of Gov. Bob Riley’s Coastal Recovery Commission have been added to the list of speakers and panelists for Auburn University’s forum, “Alabama Road to Restoration: Integrated Recovery Strategies for the Gulf Coast.”

The conference is scheduled for Oct. 5-6 in Orange Beach, Ala., and will be an opportunity for stakeholders to explore ways to support and shape recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The forum at the Perdido Beach Resort is open to the public; pre-registration is required.

The forum will convene those with significant roles in the restoration and renewal of the communities, economy and environment affected by the oil spill. The agenda includes sessions led by Joseph Morton, Alabama State Superintendent of Education, and Donald Williamson, Alabama State Public Health Officer.

Other speakers include citizens and businesspeople, local officials, directors of regional and state agencies, health care professionals, legislators, scientists and senior administrators from federal agencies.

A series of panel discussions will provide viewpoints and expertise on issues related to the oil spill, including environmental impacts; business continuity and survival; effects on mental and physiological human health; as well as response and emergency management.

Auburn’s partners for the forum are the Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Department of Conservation, Alabama Department of Homeland Security, Alabama Department of Mental Health, Alabama Department of Tourism, Alabama Emergency Agency, Alabama Department of Public Safety, and the Governor’s Office of Work Force Development.

The registration fee is $60 and does not include travel and lodging. For additional information about the conference or to register, go to or call (334) 844-5100.

Contacts: Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (, or
Don-Terry Veal, (334) 844-4781 (