Special Symposium

Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location - main meeting venue

Symposium Title: Salt Marsh Response and Resilience to Changing Conditions - Prospects for Management

This day-long symposium offered jointly with the New England National Estuarine Research Reserves will take place on Thursday and “kick-off” the NEERS meeting.

Oral presentations will be followed by a social hour. Lunch, and all coffee breaks are included with the cost of registration. For Thursday-only registrants, the social requires purchase of a ticket ($35); the social is included with the 3-day registration cost.

Symposium speakers will be invited by the local planning committee.


- Describe the effects of sea level rise and related stressors on New England salt marshes as documented through research and monitoring efforts

- Discuss management/adaptation/recovery/restoration practices and lessons learned from projects throughout the region

- Explore monitoring and assessment strategies of proposed and implemented actions

- Identify coordination, collaboration, and partnership opportunities

For more information, contact Jennifer West, NBNERR.

Draft Agenda (most titles TBD)

9:30 am Welcome and Overview; Jennifer West, Narragansett Bay NERR
Setting the Stage
      Salt Marsh Sustainability in New England: Progress and Remaining Challenges
            Cathy Wigand, EPA
How are coastal marshes faring in New England?
      RI - Elizabeth Watson, Drexel University
      MA - Marc Carullo, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Agency
      ME - Susan Adamowicz, US Fish & Wildlife Service
      NH - David Burdick, University of New Hampshire
      CT - Scott Warren
How are we building coastal marsh resilience throughout the region?
      Land conservation planning for marsh migration
            Rachel Stevens, Great Bay NERR; Mark Stolt, University of Rhode Island
      Upland Vegetation Removal as a Potential Strategy for Facilitating Salt Marsh Migration
            Kenny Raposa, Narragansett Bay NERR
      Thin-layer sediment placement
            Caitlin Chaffee, RI Coastal Resources Management Council
      Ditch remediation
            Susan Adamowicz, US Fish & Wildlife Service; Dave Burdick, University of New Hampshire
      Long-term tidal wetland changes at Barn Island, Stonington, CT
            Ron Rozsa, Community Plant Ecologist
      Runnels and end-of-road restoration
            Wenley Ferguson, Save The Bay
1:00 pm Lunch
What monitoring and assessment strategies are being used in the region?
      How models may be best applied by practitioners
            Neil Ganju, United States Geological Survey
      Monitoring with drones
            Bob Hartzel, Comprehensive Environmental Inc.
      Multimetric Indices for Integrated Assessments of Salt Marsh Integrity
            Hilary Neckles, United States Geological Survey
      NERRS monitoring and assessment
      Green crab overabundance
            Steve Smith, National Park Service
Break-out group discussions
Wrap-up and evaluations
4:30 pm Adjourn