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Park Board Director of Operations 2nd In Nation to Become a Certified Coastal Practitioner (CCP)
GALVESTON, Texas (December 19, 2018) – Galveston Park Board Director of Operations Reuben Trevino was recently named a Certified Coastal Practitioner (CCP) through the Coastal Zone Foundation and American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). He is one of two coastal zone professionals in the country to hold the title. Trevino was recognized for his achievement at the 2018 National Coastline Conference hosted by the ASBPA national conference held in Galveston.
The CCP program was created to ensure that those tasked with managing coastlines have a diversified knowledge base within the coastal zone. It also defines best practices for coastal professionals.
The CCP program requires professionals to complete a four-year program with 60 hours of coursework covering topics including coastal engineering, geology, resiliency, ecology, biology, planning & land use, communications, government affairs, and coastal zone management.
Trevino and American Shore and Beach Preservation Association Executive Director Derek Brockbank were the first to complete the certification program since its inception. Trevino serves on the ASBPA board.
“The Park Board is proud to have young professionals like Reuben at the helm of our operations,” said Executive Director Kelly de Schaun. “It is passion like his that will write the script and inspire the next generation to work equally as hard to protect our greatest asset, the Gulf Coast.”
Trevino has been with the Park Board since 2016 and previously worked for the city of South Padre Island as the coastal resources and parks director. Under his leadership, the organization has seen the implementation of United States Army Corp of Engineer’s environmentally sound beach maintenance practices, selected for two Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States (RESTORE) Act of 2012, projects totaling over $10.4 million dollars, and the completion of over $1 million in research, permitting, and projects to address on-going erosion issues Galveston Island faces.
Trevino said, “The CCP designation was important to complete, not just for my own personal achievement, but because of what it means for Galveston. This course has shaped me as a leader to better protect and manage the coastline that we have been entrusted with. Galveston will soon be on the leading edge of coastal zone management thanks to the wealth of knowledge that came from this certification.”
About the Park Board of Trustees
The Park Board of Trustees oversees beach maintenance and tourism development on Galveston Island, including operations for beach cleaning, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol and the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information on the Park Board of Trustees, please visit www.galvestonparkboard.org.