Mass Audubon a Partner in Project Honored By New England EPA
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA.—Mass Audubon has collaborated in a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) habitat restoration project on the North Shore, the Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership, which was selected by the New England Office of the US Environmental Protection Agency to receive a 2017 Environmental Merit Award.
The Merit Award annually recognizes outstanding environmental advocates and organizations for their significant contributions toward preserving and protecting natural resources.
Mass Audubon Coastal Education Coordinator Liz Duff, along with Regional Scientist Robert Buchsbaum and Ecological Extension Service Director Amber Carr, were instrumental in the Invasive Species Removal component the Great Marsh Resiliency Project.
The multi-year collaboration, which was developed by the U.S. Department of the Interior in response to the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, is working to protect North Shore coastal communities from the effects of more powerful storms, rising sea levels, and other impacts of climate change by strengthening the Great Marsh, which extends from Cape Ann to the New Hampshire Seacoast.
In addition to Mass Audubon, the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit, partners in the NWF initiative include the Ipswich River Watershed Association, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, Boston University, University of New Hampshire, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Office of Coastal Zone Management.
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.