Marshes for Tomorrow – Audubon’s Saltmarsh Project Accomplishments in 2015:
In 2015, Audubon continued implementing its program of salt marsh climate adaptation “Marshes for Tomorrow”, with projects in Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina. This Flyway-wide program was presented at the ACJV Technical Committee meeting at Albany in July.
In Maryland, Audubon and partners at The Conservation Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sustainable Science LLC and U.S. Geological Survey are implementing two salt marsh resiliency projects funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grant Program. At Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, we completed project design and permit applications for sediment enhancement of 35 acres of subsiding tidal marsh. The goal is to raise the marsh surface in order to extend the longevity of the marsh and convert fragmenting threesquare-smooth cordgrass habitat to high marsh dominated by meadow cordgrass, preferred by Saltmarsh Sparrow.