Great Marsh Symposium

The Great Marsh is not only a source of breath-taking natural beauty and home to an abundance of resident and migratory species–it is our best defense against rising sea levels and destructive storms. After two years of planning by municipal task forces and other regional partners, the Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership will be presenting the final recommendations of the Great Marsh Regional Coastal Adaptation Plan at this year’s Great Marsh Symposium on November 9th. Ipswich River’s Executive Director Wayne Castonguay will present regional strategies that will increase the resiliency of the Great Marsh, while Chris Hilke and Melissa Gaydos Merriam of the National Wildlife Federation will further explore the implementation of nature-based adaptation strategies.

Experts from neighboring partnerships will share lessons learned through similar resiliency planning and adaptation efforts. Julie LaBranche, Senior Planner of the Rockingham Planning Commission, will present the work of the NH Coastal Adaptation Working Group, while Mass Audubon Climate Director Dan Brown will present on the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network. A question and answer session with Julie and Dan will follow.

This Symposium is an excellent opportunity to learn about both the current state of the Great Marsh and its future. For those who wish to enact change for the preservation of the marsh and their coastal communities, the panel discussion “How to Advance Climate Adaptation at the Local Level” is unmissable, with local municipal officials sharing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Great Marsh communities.

Woodman’s of Essex will be providing a delicious lunch that keeps on theme, Great Marsh Portuguese Green Crab Brodo Seafood Stew. The green crab is an invasive species that is destroying the plant life and soft shell clam population of the marsh.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this informative get-together on Thursday November 9th in Essex. Attendance is limited and tickets are $15 if you register before before October 20th. Click here to view the agenda and to register.

Photo by Philip Jessup