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Conserving Wildlife, Restoring Habitat

An Experiment in Wetland Habitat Restoration

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A Failure to Learn Our work on Thompson’s marsh covers only a tiny patch of the Delaware Bay marsh.  One might say our one-acre restoration is too small to have any significant impact, so why do it?  Big projects are certainly more important.  And ultimately we will need many of them to realize Governor Murphy’s recently announced coastal resiliency policy initiative  But big projects can fail big and waste taxpayer dollars. The Delaware Bay has seen a number of these failed expensive projects, like the shoreline restoration of Sea Breeze where $6 million in state-funded cinder blocks lie uselessly on the shore of this now abandoned…

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Conserving Wildlife, Restoring Habitat

New Hope for Delaware Bay Marsh

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Centuries of Farming the Marsh has Left an enduring Legacy Centuries of cutting salt marsh vegetation as hay in Delaware Bay left an enduring legacy fraught with danger.  Farmer diked the tidal wetlands starving the marsh of sediment. This accelerated natural decomposition.  Marsh levels fell relative to the tide, so when the farming ended in the 60’s the bay rapidly eroded the damaged and fragile marsh.  Large areas of the Bayshore were lost and the erosion continues to the day.  Unfortunately, it is now exacerbated by a 4mm yearly rise in sea levels caused by climate change. This week a…

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conservation policy, Conserving Wildlife, Delaware Bay, habitat management, Restoring Habitat, Science, shorebird conservation, shorebird ecology, sustainable land use, wildlife conservation, wildlife tracking

Improving Economy of Local Bayshore Towns

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Although our project focuses on improving conditions for horseshoe crabs and birds, we also aim to improve the economy of rural bayshore towns in small but meaningful ways. This is important because, like much of the country’s rural areas, Cumberland County suffers enormous levels of poverty. According to a recent survey by NJ Times, Cumberland has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country with nearly 44% of working age males are out of work. We tried to help at the start of our work. We included the leaders of the bayside towns, Middle Township, Maurice River Township and…

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