News and Upcoming Events

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Great Marsh Symposium Thanks for a successful 2013 Great Marsh Symposium in Ipswich, MA. Presentations posted in Resources                                                       .   The Great Marsh Coalition invites you to join fellow coastal decision makers from the region to explore, identify, and discuss the value of natural systems in mitigating sea level rise impacts in Great Marsh Communities.   View the full agenda and speaker bios HERE What: The Great Marsh Symposium: The Value of Natural Systems in Protecting Great Marsh Communities Hosted by: The Great Marsh Coalition Where: The Great House at The Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich When: Thursday, November 14, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Bonus: An optional "tour" of the Great Marsh from the roof of the Great House will immediately follow the workshop Cost: FREE Coffee and lunch will be provided   Sponsored by: The Galilean Fund of the Boston Foundation and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission  
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Phragmites Removal During the final week of September the Great Marsh Revitalization Task Force (GMRTF) implemented its 2012 invasive Phragmites australis management plan in the northern section of the Great Marsh. Read the Full Story
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Scientists: Fertilizers are killing salt marshes October 22, 2012 By Mac Cerullo Staff Writer Gloucester Daily Times For years, scientists have observed a slow decay of salt marshes all along the Atlantic coast without understanding why. Now a newly released study conducted in the local Great Marsh is shedding light on the cause of salt marsh decay and the impact it could have on the environment. Read the Full Story
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Great Marsh Glimpses Local videographer creates a charming series featuring some of the lovely places to be found in the Great Marsh. Click here to link to the YouTube site, where you can see them. Read the Full Story
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The Great Marsh

In Massachusetts, the North Shore's Great Marsh is the largest continuous stretch of Salt Marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. The Great Marsh includes over 20,000 acres of marsh, barrier beach, tidal river, estuary, mudflat, and upland islands extending across the Massachusetts North Shore from Gloucester to Salisbury. In recognition of these extraordinary resources, a portion of this area was designated by the state in 1979 as the Parker River/Essex Bay Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The Great Marsh is an internationally recognized Important Bird Area (IBA) as it contributes to the preservation of many breeding and migratory birds. This unique complex of natural systems add ecological, economic, recreational, and cultural value to our daily lives both on the coast and inland where land is connected by river and stream networks.