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 protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.