The Campaign for Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary—The People
Glorianna Davenport and Evan Schulman
Owners of Tidmarsh Farms
The century-old farm, which included 250 acres of cranberry bogs, was purchased in 1982 by Evan Schulman, a pioneer of high-speed stock trading. His wife, Glorianna Davenport, is a filmmaker, former research scientist, and co-founder of MIT Media Lab. Together, they decided to restore the wetlands and track the progress through their state-of-the-art nonprofit Living Observatory.
They raised the $3 million to design and complete the ecological restoration. These efforts earned Glorianna and Evan the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award.
Project Manager at Massachusetts Department of Ecological Restoration (DER)
Once Evan and Glorianna made the decision to restore the land, they needed an expert to guide the project. Alex Hackman of DER was working on a similar, but smaller restoration project nearby.
His advice to remove stressors on the land, such as dams, ditches, berms, and sand (where you can), and dig a new 3.5-mile stream channel to let the water flow naturally across the watershed became the cornerstone of the project.
Mass Audubon’s Director of Land Conservation
When Bob Wilber was first approached about Mass Audubon purchasing the land at Tidmarsh Farms for a future wildlife sanctuary in 2011, he was immediately awestruck by the potential of this project. Not only is much of the undeveloped land in one of the fastest growing towns, but with the restoration, it also has the potential to showcase the importance of creating a climate resilient habitat and telling a compelling story about a healing landscape.
For the last five years, he has been a leading voice in bringing together various conservation partners in an ongoing effort to make the sanctuary a reality.
Town of Plymouth
David Gould is a Plymouth native who serves as Director of Marine & Environmental Affairs for the Town of Plymouth. For the greater Plymouth community, David is a highly respected voice and an effective open space conservation advocate.
He is very supportive of Mass Audubon’s intent to establish a new wildlife sanctuary in Plymouth, in part because of the important role it could play in developing/sustaining deeper eco-literacy and conservation ethic in current and future generations of Plymouth residents.
The groundwork has been laid. But to ensure that this restored landscape continues to recover, we need your help. With your support, we will create a wildlife sanctuary for exploration and education, which will become a national model for protecting restored lands.
Your gift will help us achieve our challenging fundraising goal of $3.6 million by June 2017. Working together with donors like you who believe in the benefits of open space, outdoor education, and stewardship of the land, we will achieve something extraordinary.