Friday, November 9, 2018

Celebrating The Great Marsh

Glad to speak at a well- attended and engaging Annual Great Marsh Symposium this morning, along with Selectpeople Lisa O'Donnell, and Geoff Walker, Peter Phippen, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante and more than 170 people with a connection to the Great Marsh.

The Great Marsh is the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in all of New England ranging from Gloucester to southern New Hampshire. Encompassing more than 20,000 acres of salt marsh, barrier beach, tidal river, estuary, mudflat, and upland islands it is internationally recognized as a bird habitat and extraordinary environmental resource.

  • The symposium was held at Woodman's of Essex, speakers and subjects included - Introduction by Wayne Castonguay, Ipswich River Watershed Native and Lisa O’Donnell, Selectboard Chair, Town of Essex.
  • Mary Ellen Leponica - Americans and the Great Marsh
  • Chris Lehey, Mass Audubon - Birds & Birding in the Great Marsh
  • Geoff Walker, Newbury Selectmen - Traditional uses of Great Marsh
  • Annie Harris, Essex National Heritage Area - Tourism & Recreation in the Great Marsh
  • Mike Trupiano and/or Chrissi Pappas, Ipswich Shellfish Company - Shellfish Industry & the Fried Clam
  • David Rimmer, Essex County Greenbelt Association - Fish and Fisheries of the Great Marsh
  • Sam Cleaves, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission - Creative Great Marsh
  • Liz Duff, Mass Audubon & Peter Phippen, Mass Bays Program -Citizen Science in the Great Marsh