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 June 2017

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Free Summer Field Trips Explain the Effects of Tidal Restriction and Restoration
Join us  on Tuesdays, June 27th, July 25th, and August 15th to learn first-hand about the effects of tidal restriction and restoration in Herring River.

Retired Cape Cod National Seashore Ecologist John Portnoy will lead the field walk & talk sessions.   Each session will start at the National Seashore Parking Lot on Griffin Island at 9 am.

Each session will first follow the trail to the natural salt marsh near the Town Landing. There John will explain how the hydrology, chemical cycling, and plant and animal communities of salt marshes depend on their intimate connection with high-salinity coastal waters.
Next session participants will discuss the 300-year history of alterations to New England's salt marshes, using Herring River as a typical, though exceptionally large, example.
Finally participants will walk onto the Chequessett Neck dike, which has blocked tides from the estuary's 1100-acre flood plain since 1909, to discuss the damaging physical, chemical and biological effects of disconnecting the river from the marine environment.

All are welcome and there is no charge. Anyone interested interested in participating is asked to rsvp to

What does the Herring River Restoration have to do with Climate Change?
Eel Grass at Herring River
The Friends of Herring River Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 15th at 6 pm at the Wellfleet Council on Aging.

The guest speaker will address the role salt marshes play in combating climate change.

Please save the date and stay tuned for more details.
T hank you for your support!
The Friends wishes to express thanks to the following individuals and organizations for their support of the Herring River Restoration Project:

State Sen. Julian Cyr
S tate Rep. Sarah Peake 
Wellfleet Conservation Trust
Wellfleet Open Space Committee 
Wellfleet Shellfish Advisory Board
Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Center for Coastal Studies of Provincetown
John & Judith Cumbler
Gail Ferguson
Ethan Estey, Wellfleet Herring Warden
Jo Ann Muramoto, MassBays Regional Coordinator
Society of Wetland Scientists
Massachusetts Audubon
Cape Cod Compact of Conservation Trusts
Great Pastures  Homeowners Association 
Wellfleet Historical Society & Museum

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