Salt Marsh Response & Resilience to Changing Conditions: Prospects for Management

There is compelling evidence that New England coastal ecosystems face mounting challenges from pervasive anthropogenic stressors. Sea level rise, in particular, degrades salt marsh by altering hydrology, salinity regimes and erosive forces. Southern New England salt marshes are among the most vulnerable in the country; a review and assessment of ecological response and resilience mechanisms of these important ecosystems is timely and critical to their future.

To build capacity for improved conservation and to guide more effective management and adaptation strategies for New England salt marshes, the New England National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) hosted a regional workshop in conjunction with the New England Estuarine Research Society’s (NEERS) 2018 spring meeting. Participants discussed the impacts of sea level rise on salt marshes and explored steps to sustain their capacity to adapt and maintain resilience in the context of inevitable change.

Presentations

How are Coastal Marshes Faring in New England? Coastal Wetland Loss in Rhode Island: 1850s‐Present Beth Watson, Drexel University

Marsh Impairment and Future Considerations: a Massachusetts Overview Marc Carullo, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management

Maine: State of the State’s Salt Marshes Susan Adamowicz, USFWS

Prospects and Uncertainties for Tidal Marshes in New Hampshire Dave Burdick, University of New Hampshire

Long Island Sound Tidal Marshes in the Anthropocene Scott Warren, Connecticut College Temple Professor Emeritus of Botany

No Management is Active Management: A Regional Evaluation of Salt Marsh Conservation and Restoration Opportunities in a Changing Climate Rachel Stevens, Great Bay NERR

A Soils/Landscape Perspective to Salt Marsh Migration Mark Stolt, URI

Increasing Salt Marsh Surface Elevations as an Adaptation Strategy‐ Will it Work in New England? Caitlin Chaffee, RI Coastal Resources Management Council

Ditch Remediation Pilot Studies in National Wildlife Refuges of the Northeast Dave Burdick, UNH

Marsh Response to Shallow Drainage or Runnels Wenley Ferguson, Save The Bay

Long‐Term Tidal Wetland Changes at Barn Island, Stonington, CT Ron Rozsa, plant community ecologist

Overview of Salt Marsh Losses on Cape Cod, with Special Emphasis on Crab‐Driven Vegetation Losses and Consequences Steve Smith, National Park Service

Multimetric Indices for Integrated Assessments of Salt Marsh Integrity Hilary Neckles, United States Geological Survey

Drone Applications for Estuarine Monitoring and Assessment Bob Hartzel, Comprehensive Environmental Inc.

Appropriate Use of Numerical Models for Simulating Salt Marsh Geomorphic Evolution Neil Ganju, United States Geological Survey