The Campaign for Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary—The Land
Tidmarsh Farms was once a vibrant ecological setting, featuring natural bogs, pristine springs, and a cold-water stream flowing freely to the sea.
In the 1890s, enterprising farmers transformed the site into cranberry bogs, producing a native fruit that supported an expanded farming economy. For decades Tidmarsh operated as a successful cranberry farm. Over time, as global cranberry production shifted, the higher cost of production made Tidmarsh less profitable.
In 2010, when they stopped farming cranberries, Tidmarsh Farms owners Evan Schulman, Glorianna Davenport, and their family did something exceptional. Instead of selling their land for development, they committed to restoring the wetlands to their wild splendor.
In the largest freshwater ecological restoration ever attempted in the Northeast, Tidmarsh Farms is creating a mosaic of habitats including ponds, cold-water streams, red maple and Atlantic white cedar swamps, grasslands, and pine-oak forest.
More than a dozen dams have been removed, over three miles of new stream channel have been excavated, and thousands of tons of sediment have been removed to connect headwaters of Beaver Dam Brook with the ocean for migrating fish such as river herring, brook trout, and American eel.
Already, native plants are emerging and attracting a wide variety of insect, reptile, and bird species that have not been seen on this property for a century or more.
Glorianna and Evan have chosen Mass Audubon as the organization to further their vision by creating a permanently protected wildlife sanctuary for all to enjoy.
But in order to acquire and steward the land, we must raise $3.6 million. We have already received a $1 million state Landscape Partnership Grant contingent on successfully raising the remaining funds by June 30, 2017.
With your support, we will create a wildlife sanctuary for exploration and education, which will become a national model for protecting restored lands.